The Seven Days of the Feast of Unleavened Bread:
Leviticus 23:6-8 “And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto YHWH: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread. In the first day ye shall have an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein. But ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto YHWH seven days: in the seventh day is an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.”
The Feast of Unleavened Bread was instituted by YHWH in Exodus 12 as the Children of Israel were about to be delivered from bondage in Egypt. YHWH instructed to keep this feast as a memorial. In the New Testament, leaven is likened to sin. In Matthew 16, Yahshua warned the disciples of the leaven of the doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees. In Corinthians 5:6, Paul asked “Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?” He further admonished us to “purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened”. During the Feast of Unleavened Bread, we are to purge ourselves, not just from physical leavening, but from the spiritual leavening that is sin.
What is leavening?
Leavening is what causes foods like breads, cakes, and cookies to rise or increase in volume. Leavening can be achieved using biological agents (i.e. yeast) or chemical agents (i.e. bicarbonates).
During this feast, we must not eat nor have any leaven found in our homes. In preparing for this 1st set of feast days, we must clean our homes of any form of leaven.
READ ALL LABELS!!!
Clean your area from leaven. Be cautious of those snacks that might have leaven in them.
What foods should I be aware of when preparing for the Feast of Unleavened Bread?
Foods that commonly contain leavening ingredients such as cakes, cookies, pies, breads, and pastries are readily identifiable; however, may other food items such as seasoning mixes and canned goods may also contain leavening ingredients. Check your flour, corn meal and other such items to be sure that they are not the self-rising variety. Read labels carefully for leavening ingredients. When in doubt, err on the side of caution and throw it out!
What ingredients are considered leavening agents?
There are many different leavening agents. The following are some of the most common:
|Baking Powder||Ammonium Bicarbonate (a.k.a. Bakers Ammonia)|
|Sodium Bicarbonate (a.k.a. Baking Soda)||Potassium Bitartrate (a.k.a. Cream of Tartar)|
|Calcium Bicarbonate||Potassium Bicarbonate|