The recent “Holy Week” has roots in the Old Testament Passover. In their rush to leave Egypt, the Israelites didn’t have time to leaven the bread that they ate with their Passover meal. As a reminder of their exodus from Egypt, God commanded; “You must eat unleavened bread for seven days” (Exodus 12:15). God further instructed; “You are to observe the Festival of Unleavened Bread . . . throughout your generations as a permanent statute” (v. 17).
The Jews came to refer to these annual Sabbaths as “High Days” (John 19:31, KJV). But they didn’t understand that their unleavened bread represented the promised Savior—the “bread from heaven.” Since the Bible sometimes uses leaven as a symbol of sin, the unleavened bread was a symbol of the sinless Messiah.
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