Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Feast of Unleavened Bread...Day One

I thought I would share with you what our family has been doing and learning as we go through the days of Unleavened Bread this week.

This is what the Scriptures tell us about the feast....

Exodus 12:1-41, Leviticus 23:4-8, Deuteronomy 16:3-16 teach us that...

* On the day after Passover (the 15th day of the month of Nisan) the feast of Unleavened Bread begins. (Since we celebrated Passover on the Sunday night, this made Monday the beginning of the Feast of Unleavened Bread for us this year).
* It is to last for 7 days.
* On the first day of the feast, hold a sacred assembly and it will be a shabbat (sabbath rest).
* On the last day of the feast, hold a sacred assembly and it will be a shabbat (sabbath rest).
* Don't eat bread with leaven in it during this time.
* Don't make bread with leaven in it during this time.

In 1 Corinthians 5:6-8 Paul says this when he is talking about sin...

"Don’t you know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough? Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old bread leavened with malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth". He is drawing a parallel between the 'old' man's ways (our sinful nature) and the 'new man's way' (God's nature). He is urging the Corinthian believers to 'keep the feast' but with circumcised hearts not hardened sinful ones.

We also read about Yeshua (Jesus) being the Bread of Life! This is something wonder which we love to focus on during this Feast! Praise Yah!

So on the first day of the feast, we took out anything that puffs up dough like the dry yeast, baking powder and self raising flour.

So on the First Day of the Feast we took away the leaven from our home...

Since we feel that the instruction is to remove it from sight, we put it out in our garage. That way we won't just 'accidently' cook something with it during this special set apart week.

On the first day of the feast we ate:


Hand rolled oats (porridge) with honey or brown sugar...


With the left over Matzah from our Passover Dinner the night before, we had some turkey, chutney, cheese and olives and the kids had some variations on these...


Mum cooked 5 trays of Matzah for dinner to go along with Pumpkin Soup. Yummo!

Some of the activities and readings we went through...

We watched THIS YOU TUBE VID CALLED 'MESSIAH' which my friend Elisa kindly linked me too - thanks so much Elisa for that! We watched particularly Part 3 that talks about Messiah Yeshua being likened to the unleavened bread. What a powerful image and truth!

During the day, the kiddos coloured in sheets that I chose that were suitable from the CBCG website from their UNLEAVENED BREAD COLOURING IN BOOK. The kids got about 4 or 5 pages each printed off. Then I read aloud to them from Exodus 12 and John 6 while they coloured in and also from the colouring in sheets themselves.

We hung their finished sheets up in the learning room and said we would have a little colouring in competition (which was a great motivation throughout the day!) Of course, each one a prize and they were stoked. They enjoyed showing their sheets to my parents.

More to follow :)

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