Sunday, April 8, 2012

Lotsa Matzah!

Matzah (unleavened bread)
During Passover, we eat lots of Matzah!  Matzah is unleavened bread, much like a soda cracker and pretty tasteless by itself, really.  Why?  Well, let me tell you: 

In the 12th Chapter of Shemot (Exodus),  Hashem commands us to eat unleavened bread during Passover:


 14And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the L-RD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.
 15Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eats leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel.
 16And in the first day there shall be an holy convocation, and in the seventh day there shall be an holy convocation to you; no manner of work shall be done in them, save that which every man must eat, that only may be done of you.
 17And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever.
 18In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at even, ye shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at even.
 19Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses: for whosoever eats that which is leavened, even that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a stranger, or born in the land.
 20Ye shall eat nothing leavened; in all your habitations shall ye eat unleavened bread.

So, during Pesach, we eat lots of matzah!  Every time, we pick it up, we see a picture of Yeshua our Messiah.  He is the Bread of Life.  That bread represents His body.   Leaven represents sin. The absence of leaven in the bread represents His sinless life.  The brown markings are like stripes, picturing the stripes he took from the beatings.  The holes in the matzah are a picture of the piercings of his body on the cross. What a beautiful, tactile symbol of G-d's sacrifice for us. 

For seven days we are reminded of the Messiah, His marvelous grace, and His blood shed our sins.

In my next post, I will explain the Passover seder.  You'll see so much more of our Messiah in its' elements.

Chag Sameach!  ( Happy Holiday)

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3 comments:

  1. hello, Gail, thank you for sharing your traditions. this last week we also celebrated a kind of seder meal with the symbols of the bitter herbs, haroseth, etc. but i think it would be amazing to celebrate it with a messianic Jew! a blessed Easter season to you!

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  2. Yes yes!!

    Blessings to you this week and every week!

    Janet

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  3. Hi Gail,
    Your blog looks a little different than the last time I stopped by. I love the look! When I have more time I will look around some more. I have so much to learn about this medium. Have an awesome day. Go Google yourself. Ha ha.

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