Let's Have A Feast

Feast, Cookout, BBQ, whatever you want to call it, God knew that His people would enjoy a good festival. He proclaimed 7 of them (and they acquired 2 more). Each of these feasts has relevance to how the Israelites became a nation, but they're also prophetic and speak to how He gave us salvation. It this first part of a three part series, we're looking at Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and the Festival of the First Fruits.
So he made them a feast, and they ate and drank. Genesis 26:30 NKJV

  1. a: an elaborate and usually abundant meal often accompanied by a ceremony or entertainment : BANQUET
    b (1): something that gives unusual or abundant enjoyment
    // a visual feast
    //an unprecedented feast of corruption, gargantuan in scale — Neil Sheehan
  2. : a periodic religious observance commemorating an event or honoring a deity, person, or thing
  • Exodus 12
  • Leviticus 23:5
  • Description /Instructions
    • Select a lamb on the 10th day of the first month (Nisan => March/April)
    • 1 year old male lamb without blemish
    • Kill the lamb on the 14th day
    • In Egypt they covered the door posts with the lamb's blood
    • Roast the lamb in fire and eat with bitter herbs and unleavened bread that night
    • Nothing was to remain until morning, but if it was, it had to be burned with fire
    • The first time, they ate with haste in preparation to leave Egypt
  • Connection to the past
    • Represents the final plague of Egypt
    • Death passed over the first borns of Israel
    • This marked the Israelites' freedom
    • Since this began their nation, it was considered to the 1st month
  • Connection to prophecy
    • Christ is our Passover Lamb (1 Corinthians 5:7)
    • The blood of the Lamb keeps the 2nd death from claiming us (Ephesians 1:7; Revelation 7:14)
    • Christ died at Passover (Matthew 26:17-20; Mark 14:12-26; Luke 22:7-39; John 13:1-17:26)[2]

Feast of Unleavened Bread
  • Exodus 12:15-20
  • Exodus 13:6-7
  • Leviticus 23:6
  • Starts the day after Passover
  • Lasts for 7 days
  • Description/Instructions
    • 7 days of unleavened bread
    • 1st day is a holy convocation
    • No work on the 1st or 7th days (declared Sabbaths)
    • Offering given to God each of the 7 days
    • 7th day is a holy convocation
    • No leaven can be in the house or near them
  • Connection to the Past
    • Represents them fleeing from Egypt
  • Connection to Prophecy
    • Symbolically, leaven is sin (1 Corinthians 5:6)
    • Represents purging sin and being cleansed by the Lamb
    • Christ is referred to as the Bread of Life; since He was without sin (leaven) He would also be unleavened bread

Festival of First Fruits
  • Leviticus 23:9-14
  • 17th day of Nisan (During the Feast of Unleavened Bread)
  • Description/Instructions
    • First sheaf of the harvest was to be dedicated to God
    • 1 year old unblemished male lamb was to be offered
    • 1 quart of wine given as a drink offering
    • 4 quarts of fine flour mixed with oil given as a grain offering
    • No bread, roasted grain, or new grain was to be eaten until that day[4]
  • Connection to the Past
    • Represented their first harvest outside of Egypt, as an independent nation
    • It showed their trust in God that future harvests would take place
  • Connection to Prophecy
    • Christ was also the first fruit
    • He rose on the 3rd day, the 17th of Nisan[3]

In the Next Episodes

  • Let's Have A Feast Part 2 (to be released on March 25, 2020)
    1. Feast of Weeks/Pentecost (Shavout)
    2. Feast of Trumpets
    3. Day of Atonement
  • Let's Have A Feast Part 3 (to be released on April 1, 2020)
    1. Feat of Tabernacles
    2. Purim
    3. Hanukkah


  1. "Feast". Merriam-Webster; March 17, 2020
  2. Frank Daniels. "The Timing of Passover". 1999
  3. Matthew Ervin. "The Seven Feasts of Israel are Fulfilled in Jesus". Apple Eye Ministries. March 7, 2014
  4. I assume bread here means leavened bread (see Leviticus 23:14)

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