Hag HaMatzot
The Feast of Unleavened Bread

Matzah Bread
"And on the fifteenth day of the same month [is] the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the LORD; seven days you must eat unleavened bread.'"
Leviticus 23:6 (NKJV)
Hag HaMatzot, or the Feast of Unleavened Bread, is a week spent without leaven in our lives.
It is observed in the spring of the year, immediately follows Pesach/Passover, and lasts for seven days.
Matzah Sometimes confused with Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread is directly linked to the Passover yet is actually a feast on its own.
Matzah The Feast of Unleavened Bread occurs simultaneously with Passover. It begins the day after Passover eve, and lasts for seven days. Because they are so closely related in time and purpose, the names are often interchangeable.
Matzah The Feast of Unleavened Bread is meant as a reminder to us of the Israelites' redemption from bondage in Mitzaryim/Egypt and of our redemption from sin through  Mashiach Yeshua/Jesus Christ.
Hag HaMatzot - The Feast of Unleavened Bread

The theme of this festival/feast is freedom. Freedom from bondage in Mitzrayim/Egypt/the world and freedom from the penalties of sin are celebrated.
The bread eaten during this time is called Matzah which is where this Holy Festival gets its name.
Matzah or Matzot is a flat bread made without adding leavening which would be yeast or baking powder... any substance that makes the bread rise.  It is also called the "bread of affliction.".
Israelites Leaving Egypt
During this festival we remember how, during the Exodus, the Israelites left Mitzrayim/Egypt in haste with their kneading troughs on their backs. Due to the haste of their departure their unbaked bread would not have had time to rise.
Kneading Trough
Kneading Trough
Homemade Matzah Recipe:

The Hebrew word used for leavening in Scripture is Chametz. It literally means 'sour'. It is that essence by which things decay. It is a fermentation process - a process of death.

 "Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned --"
Romans 5:12 (NKJV)

Leaven in Scripture is usually a symbol of sin; the unleavened Matzot graphically portrays the pure and sinless Messiah. It is pierced, even as our L-rd was pierced by the nails in His hands and feet and the Roman spear in his side. The Matzot is striped in the baking, reminding us that Isaiah said,
"But He [was] wounded for our transgressions, [He was] bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace [was] upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed."
Isaiah 53:5 (NKJV)
Jesus with bloody stripes on His back

Sin too, is a process of death and decay. Through sin death came into the world and through sin our spirits decay. Yeshua, through paying the price for us - redeeming us - did away with the lasting effects of Chametz. This festival celebrates this freedom from sin's effects.

In Torah, when we come in contact with death we become  Tam'ei - ritually impure - unable to go into the Holy Place.
The curtain to the Holy of Holies being torn
Through Yeshua's blood we become Tahor - ritually pure - able to go into the Holy of Holies.
In remembrance during this feast we eat only that which is not in the process of decaying, for our Lord did not decay in the tomb but was risen on the third day as our Bikkurim (First Fruit).
Jesus exiting His tomb


"For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, Nor will You allow Your
Holy One to see corruption."
Tehillim (Psalms 16:10)


The weeks leading up to Hag HaMatzot are a time of cleansing. As we physically clean our homes of Chametz/leavening, we spiritually clean ourselves seeking out the sin which should be removed from our lives.

Matzah bread
Tradition or Truth?
Some have suggested that Paul’s use of ‘old leaven’ might refer to the Jewish traditions. Thus, we would need to celebrate Passover only in the Lord’s Supper, not as the Jews do for that would be “old leaven.”

But this idea is wrong, and for two reasons. First:  leaven refers to moral corruption, not traditional observance for Yeshua himself celebrated Passover according to the customs of the day, and He certainly never sinned. Secondly:  “old” in the Greek is the same word as in Ephesians 4:22, “in reference to your former manner of life”.
"That you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts..."
Ephesians 4:22 (NKJV)

Thus, this old yeast refers to the old self that is crucified with Messiah.

1 Cor 5:7
Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.
1 Cor 5:8
Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened [bread] of sincerity and truth.


"Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with [Him,] that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin."
Romans 6:6 (NKJV)
So when we are told to clean out the old leaven, it's that we are to clean out the old sin from our lives. We have celebrated Passover, the sacrifice of Jesus Christ paying for our sins — judgment has passed over us. Now is the time to have no leaven in the house — no old sin in our lives. When we find leaven, we're to throw it out — there shouldn't be any leaven found in our houses, no old sin found in our lives.


You Mean, We Gotta?
Am I saying that, Biblically, all believers are required to celebrate the Feasts in a traditional Jewish style? No!  We are certainly free in Yeshua/Jesus.

"So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ."
Colossians 2:16 (NKJV)

I am saying that, Biblically, celebrating the Feasts of the Lord is (should be!) normative for followers of Messiah. It gives insight on the spiritual truths of the Scriptures and is a healthy reminder to live pleasing to the Lord. Those New Covenant believers and congregations that do choose to celebrate the Feasts and study their Jewish roots discover great truths and blessings. They more clearly recognize God’s faithfulness and that “they do not support the root, but the root supports them.” (Rom. 11:18)

"Do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, [remember that] you do not support the root, but the root supports you."
Romans 11:18 (NKJV)


Come unto Me

A cross saying "I Am the Bread of Life"

Shalom and Blessings
Billye Jeane

Written by Billye Jeane Mercer

Reference: Word of Messiah Ministries

NOTE FROM KAY:  "Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?"  (1Cor 5:6)
Have you ever heard the phrase, "One rotten apple spoils the whole bunch?"  The decay on one apple quickly spreads to the rest unless that one rotten apple is removed.  It only takes a small amount of leaven to cause a whole loaf of bread to rise.
We can't stop at removing the big sins from our lives.  We must concentrate on removing them all.  Also, hanging around a "rotten" person rubs off on us.  If we allow small sins then we just may eventually allow the large ones.  Examine your life in the light of the Feast of Unleavened Bread.

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