Q. With Pesach approaching, Exodus 13:6-7 says:
Seven days thou shalt eat unleavened bread, and in the seventh day shall be a feast to the LORD. Unleavened bread shall be eaten seven days; and there shall no leavened bread be seen with thee, neither shall there be leaven seen with thee in all thy quarters.
Did Jesus enter Jerusalem 4 days before his crucifixion and then 3 days to rise making the 7th day the feast to the LORD?
I am trying to get the 7 days of Passover with Jesus. Can you please explain the unleavened/leavened bread with Jesus?
A. It’s confusing because there were actually three feasts being observed all at once. The 14th was Passover, the 15th began the 7 day Feast of Unleavened Bread and then the Feast of First Fruits came on the Sunday after Passover.
In the year that Jesus died it fell on the 17th but it can be as much as a week away like it is this year.
Jesus rode in to Jerusalem on the 10th, which was a Sunday that year and came to be known as Palm Sunday. Four days later, on Passover (the 14th) He was Crucified and three days after that on the Feast of First Fruits, the 17th, He rose again. The Feast of unleavened Bread began on Friday the 15th and ran through the following Thursday, the 21st.
The prophetic fulfillment of the Feast of Unleavened Bread is understood in the fact that for 7 days the Jews could eat no yeast, nor even have any in their houses. It had to be taken completely away. 7 is the number that represents divine completion and when used symbolically in the Bible yeast represents sin. So having no yeast for 7 days symbolizes completely taking away our sins. When Jesus died on the cross He took away all of sins of our lives and canceled the Law’s indictment against us (Colossians 2:13-15) fulfilling the prophetic promise of the Feast of Unleavened Bread.