This past several weeks I have been studying the book of Mark, today I am digging deeper into Mark 14:1 and 2
Mark 14:1, 2
After two days was the feast of the passover, and of unleavened bread: and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take him by craft, and put him to death.
But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar of the people.
My two main words to focus on are: passover and unleavened. How do these words apply to me today as a bible believing saved Christian by the blood of Jesus Christ?
What I love about the bible is the answers are always in scripture. Scripture answers scripture, when we as a Christian start to rely more on man and less on God and his word, it is then we stumble and fall.
We need to head back to the beginning, in the days of Moses, to learn about the feast of the passover. Exodus Chapter 12 tells us when the passover is and the details of a the passover. After reading this we know four important pieces:
- lamb is spotless and unblemished
- the instructions are to be followed-the first month and the 10th day and kept until 14th day, killed in the evening, with the blood strike on the two sides posts and on the upper door of the house.
- the blood is a token
- eat the flesh in night roast with fire and unleavened bread
Passover – (Webster’s 1828 Dictionary)
P`ASSOVER, n. [pass and over.] A feast of the Jews, instituted to commemorate the providential escape of the Hebrews, in Egypt, when God smiting the first-born of the Egyptians, passed over the houses of the Israelites, which were marked with the blood of the paschal lamb.
1. The sacrifice offered at the feast of the passover.
Now let’s look at the word unleavened:
Unleavened – (Webster’s 1828 Dictionary)
UNLEAVENED, a. unlev’ened. Not leavened; not raised by leaven, barm or yeast. Exo 12.
And let’s look what leaven means:
Leaven – (Webster’s 1828 Dictionary)
LEAVEN, n. lev’n. [L. levo, Eng. to lift.]
1. A mass of sour dough, which, mixed with a larger quantity of dough or paste, produces fermentation in it and renders it light. During the seven days of the passover, no leaven was permitted to be in the houses of the Jews. Exo 12.
2. Any thing which makes a general change in the mass. It generally means something which corrupts or depraves that with which it is mixed.
Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.
LEAVEN, v.t. lev’n.
1. To excite fermentation in; to raise and make light, as dough or paste.
A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. 1 Cor 5.
2. to taint; to imbue.
I really like using the Webster 1828 Dictionary – as I find it’s importance to the meaning of words as they pertain to the bible. As a forward progressive society words lose meaning and change; and with change we need to be reminded of our history and what these changes once were.
By reading 1 Corinthians 5: 6-8 we have a clear understanding of why unleavened bread is used at passover.
Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?
Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:
Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
How does this relate to me today as a child of God? Are you surrounding yourself with godly men and women who are faithfully serving the Lord with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth? Or are you surrounding yourself with the old leaven bread full of malice and wickedness? As we read in Mark 14:1, 2 both the chief priests and the scribes knew they could not put Jesus to death on the passover or it would cause the people to roar. So, do you think the chief priests and the scribes were unleavened or leavened?
Again, I love how scripture answers scripture by reading 1 Peter 1:18-19
Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
To wrap this up in a full circle – Jesus became our passover – he was without blemish, no sin, without leaven and only unleavened. His blood become our token for our SINS, so that we are to have eternal life with God. To observe the feast was a duty and privileged but until the crucifixion of Christ there was not a guarantee. It’s because of Christ, God’s grace and mercies we have a guarantee of going to eternity with our Lord.
HAVE you submitted to Christ today?
May you continue to not lean unto your own understanding but search the word of our living God. May you find peace in knowing you can have eternal life.