The Unleavened Bread

Page No.6

When most people think of Passover, matzah is the first association that comes to mind. In fact the seven day holiday mentioned in the Bible is referred to as “The Feast of Unleavened Bread.”

You’ll recall that Jesus used the matzah to symbolize Himself. Luke 22:19 tells us that Jesus took the bread (matzah), and said, “This is my body which is given for you…” Why did Jesus use this symbol? Perhaps for a few reasons:

  1. Matzah is pure: Remember we said that matzah has no leaven in it, and that leaven is a picture of sin.

  2. Matzah is plain: There is nothing fancy about matzah. The ingredients are simply flour and water. Interestingly, approximately 700 BC, the prophet Isaiah wrote about the Messiah, saying “He has no stately form or majesty that we should look upon Him, nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him.” (Isaiah 53:2). What attracted followers to Jesus was not any sort of Hollywood appearance.

  3. Matzah is perforated, or “pierced:” If we look again at the 53rd chapter of Isaiah, which prophetically describes the Messiah, it says, “…He was pierced through for our transgressions…” (Isaiah 53:5)

  4. Matzah is “the bread of affliction:” The term “bread of affliction,” as a term for matzah, comes from Deuteronomy 16:3. It is an appropriate descriptor of Messiah, given the prophecy contained in Isaiah 53:3: “He was despised and forsaken of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief…”

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