In today’s reading:
The death penalty for the contaminated priest who eats of the sacred; the offerings accepted; the Sabbath, Easter, solemn feasts, and other requirements
L to Easter was the first feast of the religious year. «. . . In the first month, on the fourteenth of the month, between the two afternoons, the Passover is Jehovah’s. And on the fifteenth day of this month is the solemn feast of unleavened bread to Jehovah; seven days you shall eat unleavened bread ” (Leviticus 23: 5-6 ) . “The solemn feast of unleavened bread” lasted seven days during which only unleavened bread could be eaten (Exodus 34: 18-19). Unleavened bread represents the impeccable nature of our Christ. «And Jesus said to them: Truly, truly, I say to you: Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true Bread from Heaven. Because the Bread of God is the One who came down from heaven and gives life to the world »(John 6: 32-33). The reason Israel had to abstain from leaven for seven days was to remind them that they were a separate people to the Lord their God.
It took seven weeks to harvest the harvest, starting with the barley harvest in the spring. Then came the harvest of the olive trees and the fruit of the vineyards, followed by the harvest of wheat at the end of the summer. Just as there was a day for the Feast of Harvest in the spring, so the Feast of Weeks, known as the Feast of Harvest, expressed gratitude for the end of the summer harvest (Exodus 23:16). It was also called “Pentecost” because the word “pente” in the Greek means 50, and this feast took place 50 days after the offering of the wave sheaf during the Feast of Harvest (Leviticus 23: 15-16).
In contrast to the unleavened bread, required during Passover, we find the “two wave offering loaves” that were baked with yeast for the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost) (23:17). Yeast is symbolic of our sinful nature and was required in the “two wave offering loaves” represented by Jewish and Gentile believers within the church.
«Cleanse yourselves, then, of the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, unleavened as you are; because our Passover, which is Christ, has already been sacrificed for us. So let us celebrate the feast, not with the old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with unleavened bread, of sincerity and truth ” (I Corinthians 5: 7-8).
Thought for today:The believer always has a desire to please the Lord and to be clean in mind, body and spirit.
Optional reading: Mark 12
Memory Verse of the Week: Ephesians 3:17