Is Passover The Same As The Feast Of Unleavened Bread?

“You shall keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread (you shall eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded you, at the time appointed in the month of Abib, for in it you came out of Egypt; none shall appear before Me empty)

The above scripture is from the Book of Exodus 23:15, where God is speaking about a particular feast that he is commanding Israel to keep.

Is this also called Passover?  What is the Feast of Unleavened Bread?  Why unleavened bread for Passover?  Let’s find out.

First of all, to understand what this all means, you have to understand what the meaning of unleavened bread is. Unleavened bread is bread made without yeast, For example, Matzo, and also breads such as no-yeast tortillas and flatbreads. So to understand the scripture, the people of Israel were to eat bread without yeast for seven days, They were actually to get all of it out of their house, it wasn’t enough to not eat , Leavened bread, or bread with yeast, is considered sin. 1 Corinthians 5:8 tells us about leavened and unleavened bread.

“Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.”

Now that we know what unleavened bread is, now we need to find out why it cannot be eaten during the Feast of the Unleavened Bread or also called Chag HaMatztot.

The Bible tells us in Exodus 12:1-11 how the very first Passover was established and days of unleavened bread.

"Behold, The Lamb Of God"  John 1:29
Behold, The Lamb Of God”  John 1:29

“Now the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying “This month shall be your beginning of months, it shall be the first month of the year to you. Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying, ‘On the tenth day of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb, according to the house of his father, a lamb for a household. And if the household is too small for the lamb, let him and his neighbor next to his house take it according to each man’s need you shall make your count for the lamb. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats, Now you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month. Then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it at twilight. And they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat it. Then they shall eat the flesh on that night, roasted in fire, with unleavened bread and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. Do not eat it raw, nor boiled at all with water, but roasted in fire-its entrails. You shall let none of it remain until morning you shall burn with fire. And thus you shall eat it: with a belt on your waist, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. So you shall eat it in haste. It is the Lord’s Passover’ “.

Now with knowing what the Feast of Unleavened Bread in the bible is and also Passover, you can understand that Passover is  part of the Jewish Feast of the Unleavened Bread and not  another name for the Feast. It is also the time of when communion was established in the Church

And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me” 1 Corinthians 11:24

“And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body. And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank it. And then he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many.” Mark 14: 22-24 KJV

And its also at the same time when the Lord was planning to pass through Egypt on that very same night actually, and strike the firstborn in Exodus 12:12. 

“For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast, and against all the gods of Egypt. I will execute judgement I am the Lord.”

This Feast of Unleavened Bread is a time for sactification and bringing into remembrance the Cross of Jesus.

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