Exodus 12:15 Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel.
Coming to the close of his message, Moses ordered the people and nation to put away the leaven that is in their homes. This was the act of confession, and the cleaning up of their lives, as they are about to enter into a covenant with God. They must present themselves before the Lord as worthy, removing the leavened of life from their hearts they are to walk before God in holiness.
After their sins were brought out in the open, and every man was convicted of his error, the nation moved toward sacrificing the lamb before the Lord as an atonement for their sins, and the sins of the nation’s household. God accepting the sacrifice sent among the people an angel of mercy and that he might on the command of God guide the nation out of the land of bondage.
In obedience to God’s command they were sanctified, and ready for the journey out of the land of bondage. Seven days they were to eat unleavened bread, he who eats leavened bread would be cut off from the covenant and nation of Israel. It was God’s covenant with the nation and with all hands on deck; they were ready for the crossing of the Red Sea.
Exodus 12:16 And 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.
After serving the nation of Egypt for four hundred years, and crying out to the God of their ancestors, the day has arrived, they were on their way out of the land. Apart of God’s covenant was to restore the Shabbat; therefore, He instituted a day of rest. Serving sin as salves in the land of Egypt, God gave instruction to the nation that their hands must not be put to work on the Sabbath, it was a gift from God, and that they might rest from a life of bondage and shame.
The Sabbath was a weekly occurrence, one the nation is to observe for thousands of generations, as it was a shadow of the final day of rest God will grant His people on His return to govern the earth as King forever. From the beginning, God had intended rest for His people, But because of sin, and Adam’s failure, humanity fell into condemnation.
The Sabbath was the symbol and hope of that final day, when men would no longer trouble his thoughts concerning death, but will be ,at last, free from its power, and curse, but not until the end of days when the Messiah comes. The Passover was a symbol of that day when God would judge His enemies, sending forth the savior to deliver the world. The sacrificed lamb was the shadow of God’s covenant with His people, the covering He provides for His people.
The feast was the celebration and show of God grace to His people, and the Sabbath was the hope of rest to come at the end of the age. The Passover was called the year of the Lord, and the hour hand, giving us a view of the coming hour and day. From the day Israel left Egypt, onward to the time of the Messiah, we have entered into the last days.
Israel should have recognized their Messiah when he come, but because they forgot the symbols and their meaning, they overlooked His person. “He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not”. John 1:10-11}
As Moses was the symbol of a new age, and the end of the age in those days, leading up to the nations redemption, so was Christ when He came. However, unlike those days, we are truly in the last hour, we have celebrated the spring feast, and quickly we are moving toward the fall. But before we get the end, and so that we might calculate the times we are in, there must be first a baptism, half hour into the new life and end.
Now to put it all together, the day and the hour we do not know, but the seasons are obvious, and as an act of grace God has given us the feasts we are to celebrate, seven feast we are to observe that we might know the day is at hand. And in all the feasts, we see only one man, and that man we see in those feasts is none other than Jesus Christ. At every feast He is at the head of the table, whether in the days of Egypt or in Israel today, God is the one who brings all things to pass.
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