Get rid of the old hametz, so that you can be a new batch of dough, because in reality you are unleavened. For our Pesach lamb, the Messiah, has been sacrificed.

“Abba lead me to search out your Word with discernment and help me to understand your ways.”

Leviticus 23:5-8 says:

In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, between sundown and complete darkness, comes Pesach for ADONAI. 6 On the fifteenth day of the same month is the festival of matzah; for seven days you are to eat matzah. 7 On the first day you are to have a holy convocation; don’t do any kind of ordinary work. 8 Bring an offering made by fire to ADONAI for seven days. On the seventh day is a holy convocation; do not do any kind of ordinary work.

“In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month…”

From my understanding of YHVH’s calendar, the first month is Nisan.  The month in which Pesach or Passover occurs.  Each month begins with the sighting of the new moon.

Passover begins 14 days from the first month.   There are two views on this that are well thought of at this time.  Some will look for the sighting of the new moon to begin with a sliver and some hold to the view that it will begin at a completely dark moon.  I do not condone division on this issue.  We each must be fully convinced searching Scripture for our answer.  I respect the opinion of both sides of this issue.  I, too, will continue to search Scripture on this issue.

“Between sundown and complete darkness comes Pesach for ADONAI.”

The perfect Lamb of God.

Get rid of the old hametz, so that you can be a new batch of dough, because in reality you are unleavened. For our Pesach lamb, the Messiah, has been sacrificed.

How beautiful is that verse.  Wow!  Amen!

“On the fifteenth day of the same month is the festival of matzah; for seven days you are to eat matzah.”

Exodus 12:15 says:

For seven days you are to eat matzah – on the first day remove the leaven from your houses. For whoever eats hametz from the first to the seventh day is to be cut off from Isra’el.

Seven days, eat matzah.  Easy enough, right?  What the heck is matzah?!  A discription of Passover reads: Resource

During Passover, Jews refrain from eating chametz which is anything that contains barley, wheat, rye, oats, and spelt (a kind of wheat), and is cooked within 18 minutes after coming in contact with water. No leavening is allowed. This signifies the fact that the Hebrews had no time to let their bread rise as they made a hurried escape from Egypt.

Rabbit trail:  Because this feast is still observed today by our Jewish brothers and sisters, many things I read will tell me what the “Jews” do.  I respect this.  However, this is not a feast of the “Jews.”  It is a feast of YHVH.  Therefore, I take all things telling me what the Jewish people do to Scripture.  There I find out if I am doing it also.  You will not see “Jewish feast” in your Bible.  Passover is a feast of YHVH. Search it out for yourself.

Here is how you are to eat it: with your belt fastened, your shoes on your feet and your staff in your hand; and you are to eat it hurriedly. It is ADONAI’s Pesach [Passover].

OK, chametz.  I have to be honest, I just recently started baking my own bread.  So to understand what chametz means goes beyond even the very Hebrew word.  Many people I talk to tell me they remove “yeast” from their home.  Some things I read tell me “yeast” is not chametz.  So, I will search this out for myself as well.  And I am taking you along with me this time.

I did read different articles where this one is saying chametz is not leaven this one is saying chametz is leaven.  After reading this and that, I am going to stand on the ground that chametz means leaven.  Majority rules just this once, majority opinion is chametz means leaven.  I have a teachable spirit, if I learn something that changes my mind, that is that.

In the Biblical Book of Exodus, God commands the Jewish (His) people: “Seven days you  shall eat unleavened bread.” The term “chametz” refers to leavened or fermented  grains, including rye, wheat, oats, spelt and barley. On Passover, religious  Jews do not eat any food products that include those grains, except for specially made unleavened bread called  “matza.” For some Jews, custom dictates considering other types of grains as  off-limits as well.

Ya, I changed that quote a bit, sorry.  Here is the Resource

Let’s start with the obvious.  Israelites living in Egypt at the time of the exodus did not go to King Soopers and buy a packet of yeast to make bread.  So they would have made bread as you would make sourdough?  With what is called a “starter?”  They wouldn’t have started a “starter” each time they made bread.  So they would have kept a starter on hand for making their bread each day.  I have never made a starter for bread.  So the process was lost on me.  I had to call a friend, Google.  A starter is femented grain.  Good to know.  This makes sense, the Israelites would have used fermented grain to make there bread rise.  If I am totally off track, tell me!  Another article I ran across said: Resource

The Jewish definition of leaven, dating from long before the first century, is any of the five biblical grains (and some include rice and corn) which has been exposed to moisture followed by the lapse of a certain period of time before baking in which the introduction of an agent of change may occur.

That sounds an awful lot like a bread starter.  So in conclusion, anything made with fermented grain would be prohibited.

Some questions I am still pondering…

  • How long after a dough is mixed does it take to ferment if not baked right away?  One of the above quotes said 18 minutes.
  • What else is made with fermented grain besides bread?  Alcohol?  Pasta?
  • Am I missing something?

I saw this quote and my heart leaped from my chest…

…bread has represented the Torah, the word of God (Deut 8:3; Isa 55:1-4). Leaven, then, is grain that has had the opportunity for an outside element to be added and to work to change the grain. It has had time to ferment, if a fermenting agent is nearby.  Does the fermenting agent make the grain unfit for consumption? No. Does it change the nature of the grain? Yes. And that is why a time is set aside each year for unleavened bread. Over time it would be easy for the teaching of God’s word, His Torah, to be fermented, changed, adulterated.  Once a year God says, ‘Remember how it was at first. You received my pure law. Go back to the purity of your teaching. Go back to the unleavened bread of My Torah.’

Praise you, Abba!