Richard Agee

Seventh day of Unleavened Bread: From death to life

Richard AgeeWhat is so special about the last day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread? What makes it special is not the death of the Egyptians or the fact God “saved” the Israelites from slavery. Rather, God would teach Pharaoh one final lesson about His power, and His people would pass from bondage and death to freedom and life.

 

What did the Apostle Paul say about the Cloud that traveled with Israel after leaving Egypt?

“For I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that our fathers were all under the cloud and all passed through the sea; and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea.” (1st Cor. 10:1-2)

Today we are baptized in Yeshua and He baptizes us in the Cloud, which is the Spirit. When you were baptized, you went into the sea, just as they did. Paul didn’t want them to be ignorant but to understand. We are not baptized into Moses but into Yeshua. 

Today is a special day. What makes it special is not the death of the Egyptians or the fact He “saved” the Israelites from slavery but because God would “be honored through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord,” as He told Moses in Ex. 14:4.

On the first day of Unleavened Bread God sanctified — “set apart” — the first-born of Israel because of the death of the first-born of Egypt. When Messiah Yeshua died on the cross, He sanctified you and me. It happened then and is happening now. You might not see yourself as sanctified but the only reason we are sanctified is due to the bread and blood of the Messiah. We celebrate freedom, and there’s nothing wrong with that. We were not sanctified when we got baptized, just as the people of Israel were already sanctified at Passover and were not baptized until seven days later. 

Yeshua rose from the grave during the morning watch. God did not kill His son in Moses’ time but in Yeshua’s time. The Apostles did not rejoice at Yeshua’s death, they fasted. They were in fear of their death.  Although the Apostles were free and they were clean but they were not in a spirit of bouncing joy at Yeshua’s death. The children of Israel were not bouncing for joy at the death of the first born of Egypt. They were in fear and terror, too. 

Yeshua was resurrected on the third day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, also called First Fruits. Whether that was on a Shabbat or on a Sunday is not where we should place our focus. The children of Israel were on the edge of the wilderness on the Third Day, they weren’t at the shore of the Red Sea yet. 

The Apostles did not understand at the time that Yeshua would arise from the dead. His resurrection was as “a thief in the night.” They were not expecting it, they were caught unaware. We are to watch the things of God, not the things of this world. 

There’s a tremendous beauty when we go through the true baptism and the Spirit of God travels with us and through us. This is when we passed from death into life. The days of Unleavened Bread are days of life and not death. Purity and truth died on the cross. They had no hope, no future. They didn’t know that He would be resurrected at the time of their darkness and sorrow. 

Yeshua’s resurrection was the beginning of the New Testament but the Apostles had no idea what that meant when they were eating the Last Supper with Yeshua. 

We need to pay attention to all of God’s holy times. All seven days of Unleavened Bread are important in some way. But make note that there isn’t a holy convocation for all of Israel on the third day but on the First and Seventh days of Unleavened Bread. 

Speaker: Richard Agee. Summary: Tammy.


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