Leviticus 23:6-14

The day Jesus was crucified.

“Then on the fifteenth day of the same month there is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the Lord; for seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall have a holy convocation; you shall not do any laborious work. But for seven days you shall present an offering by fire to the Lord. On the seventh day is a holy convocation; you shall not do any laborious work.'” (Vs’ 6-8 NASB)

God’s instructions are specific. For seven days faithful Jews had to eat some tasteless bread. A reminder of making haste leaving bondage, and what they left behind. I did not think it was a big deal until thinking about all that was going on. The priests were receiving First Fruit offerings from all the men of Israel. Unleavened bread was all they could eat until the last day, only after their offering was presented to the Lord.

Israel had prepared their offerings, and the men headed toward Jerusalem on the day after the Lord’s Passover meal, the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Some traveled for days with fine flour, oil and wine with instructions to fast except for the unleavened bread. For many, their journey was a reminder of their forefathers’ experience leaving Egypt. When fasting, did they remember God provided crops ready to harvest when Israel first entered the land? Did any see the symbolic significance of bread without yeast? Jesus is the Bread of Life without sin, broken for all who would believe in His name.

“Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘When you enter the land which I am going to give to you and you gather its harvest, then you shall bring in the sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest to the priest. He shall wave the sheaf before the Lord for you to be accepted; on the day after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it. Now on the day when you wave the sheaf, you shall offer a male lamb one year old without defect as a burnt offering to the Lord. Its grain offering shall then be two-tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil, an offering by fire to the Lord for a soothing aroma, with its drink offering, a fourth of a hin (About 0.25 gallon or 1 liter) of wine. Until this very day, until you have brought in the offering of your God, you shall eat neither bread nor roasted grain nor new produce. It is to be a permanent statute throughout your generations in all your dwelling places.” (NASB)

Going to Jerusalem is out of the question for many Jews, besides there are no priests to receive their offerings nor a temple for sacrifice. How do they keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread? How many truly fast and think about these things? How many Christians consider the day Christ was crucified?