The Bible Teaching Ministry of David Hocking
“The Word of our God shall stand forever” Isaiah 40:8

UNLEAVENED BREAD

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT UNLEAVENED BREAD
Scripture: Exodus 12:15-20; 13:6-7

1A. THE DEMAND TO EAT ONLY UNLEAVENED BREAD

1B. The COMMAND is clear!
Exodus 12:15 – “Seven days shall ye eat
unleavened bread”
Exodus 23:15 – “Thou shalt keep the feast of
unleavened bread…as I commanded thee”

2B. The CONSEQUENCE for not doing it is also
very clear!
Exodus 12:15b – “for whosoever eateth
leavened bread from the first day until the
seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from
Israel” cf. v. 19b – adds “whether he be a
stranger, or born in the land”

3B. The COMMITMENT to do this lasts forever!
Exodus 12:17 – “therefore shall ye observe this
day in your generations by an ordinance for
ever”

4B. The CLEARING OUT of leaven from your
house is also commanded!
Exodus 12:19 – “Seven days shall there be no
leaven found in your houses”
Exodus 12:20 – “in all your habitations shall ye
eat unleavened bread”
Exodus 13:7 – “there shall no leavened bread be
seen with thee, neither shall there be leaven
seen with thee in all thy quarters”

5B. The COMMENTARY on why it should be done – Deuteronomy 16:3 – “that thou mayest remember the day when thou camest forth out of the land of Egypt – all the days of thy life”

6B. The CHARACTERISTIC of the people when
eating unleavened bread – II Chronicles 30:21
“and the children of Israel…kept the feast of
unleavened bread seven days with great
gladness”
Ezra 6:22 – “and kept the feast of unleavened
bread seven days with joy: for the LORD had made them joyful”

2A. THE DANGER OF LEAVEN

1B. It is a SUBSTANCE that affects all that it
touches – (fermentation)
I Corinthians 5:6 – “your glorying is not good.
Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the
whole lump?”
Galatians 5:9 – “a little leaven leaveneth the
whole lump”

The Talmud says that “leaven represents the
evil impulse of the heart” (Berachot 17a)

2B. It is a SYMBOL of that which is sinful

1C. It symbolized the teaching of the Pharisees
and Sadducees – Matthew 16:5-12;
Mark 8:15 – “and of the leaven of Herod”

2C. It symbolizes hypocrisy – Luke 12:1

3C. It symbolizes malice and wickedness –
I Corinthians 5:8

3A. THE DESCRIPTION OF UNLEAVENED BREAD AS IT RELATES TO THE PHYSICAL BODY OF OUR LORD YESHUA – Luke 22:19 – “This is My body which is given for you; this do in remembrance of Me”

I Corinthians 10:16 – “The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?”

I Corinthians 17:24 – “Take, eat; this is My body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of Me”

I Corinthians 17:26 – “For as often as ye eat this bread…ye do shew the Lord’s death till He come”

1B. It POINTS to His physical body – “This is My
body”

2B. It PROCLAIMS His death – “My body, which
is broken for you” and “the bread which we
break”

3B. It PROMOTES the fellowship of believers one
with another – “the bread which we break is the
communion (fellowship) of the Body of Christ”

4B. It PRESENTS the need of faith – “as often as
ye eat this bread” – “O taste and see…”

5B. It POSITIONS Him in a place of equality with
the Father and the Holy Spirit
(three pieces of matza on the Passover table)

NOTE: Judaism says that it represents the priests, Levites, and Israelites; others say that it comes from Genesis 18:6 when Abraham told Sarah to make “three measures” of unleavened bread for the three guests who came to his tent. In addition to the two angels who then went on to Sodom, the third guest stayed behind and talked with Abraham – Genesis 18:22 says “but Abraham stood yet before the LORD.” Verse 33 says “And the LORD went His way, as soon as He had left communing with Abraham.”

6B. It PROPAGATES the truth of His sinlessness –
“no leaven” – II Corinthians 5:21 – “Who knew
no sin” and Hebrews 4:15 – “yet without sin”

7B. It PICTURES His suffering for us

1C. The stripes He suffered – Isaiah 53:5 –
“with His stripes we are healed”

NOTE: The meaning of Isaiah 53:5 is clearly presented in I Peter 2:24 – “Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness; by Whose stripes ye were healed”
The healing is referring to the cleansing of our sins. This is not the passage to use for physical healing.

2C. The spear He received in His side –

NOTE: The prophecy of Zechariah 12:10 – “And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon Me Whom they have pierced”
John 19:34 – “But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced His side, and forthwith came there out blood and water” and John 19:36-37 – “For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled….They shall look on Him Whom they pierced”

I Corinthians 5:8 – “Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.”

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