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FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD

SPECIAL DAYS OF UNLEAVENS PREPARATION ISSUE

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Greetings all you saints in Christ Jesus, Our Passover Lamb. Truth On The Web Ministries is pleased to offer this special Unleavened Bread preparation paper for the edification of the Body. It is our hope that some portion of this edition will enhance your understanding of these days - why and how we observe them. May you have a reverent, meaningful Passover and joyful, edifying Days of Unleavened Bread. Keep The Feast. ~kmh

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Exodus 12:15-16  Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel. And in the first day there shall be an holy convocation, and in the seventh day there shall be an holy convocation to you; no manner of work shall be done in them, save that which every man must eat, that only may be done of you.

Exodus 13:6-7  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.

Leviticus 23:5-8 In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD'S passover. And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the LORD: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread. In the first day ye shall have an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein. But ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD seven days: in the seventh day is an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.

Galatians 5:9 A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.

1 Corinthians 5:6-8  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.
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Days of Observance:

The Feast of Unleavened Bread in Scripture:  [The first and last days of this feast are "annual Sabbaths"]   Leviticus 23:6-9 "And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the LORD: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread. In the first day ye shall have an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein. But ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD seven days: in the seventh day is an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, ...."

Feast of Unleavened Bread:   Israel's exodus from bondage of Egypt; they had to sanctify the firstborn and all had to put out all leaven and eat unleavened bread [Ex 13:1-10]; came to a point later where they had to be 'baptized' under the waters of the Red Sea [Ex 14; I Cor 10:1,2], then continue in the leaving behind of the lifestyles they had in Egypt. We notice and compare that Jesus is the "Bread of Life" [John 6:35, 48, 51] without sin [leaven]. Jesus was born in Bethlehem, which in Hebrew, means house of bread. The believers in Christ that take the Passover should then be unleavened [Matt 26:17, I Cor 5:7-8]. The Gospels and Epistles also admonish us numerous times to sin no more and to be perfect.

The WaveSheaf [Elevation Sheaf] in Scripture:  [This is not an actual 'holyday' but it ties the Passover/Days of Unleavened bread with Pentecost.] Leviticus 23:10-12 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest: And he shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the sabbath the priest shall wave it. And ye shall offer that day when ye wave the sheaf an he lamb without blemish of the first year for a burnt offering unto the LORD.

Wavesheaf: The First cut sheaf of the first fruit harvest cycle is elevated [Lev 23:10] on the morrow after the weekly Sabbath that occurs during the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Compare to the elevation into the prescence of the Father of the resurrected Messiah [John 20:17] , the First of the Firstfruits [I Cor 15:20,23], who was also risen to the Father on the morrow after the weekly Sabbath that occurs during the Days of Unleavened Bread.[John 20:1,19; Mark 16:19]
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What is Leaven?

Merrium Webster's Dictionary Main Entry: [1]leav·en -- Function: noun -- Etymology: Middle English levain, from Middle French, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin levamen, from Latin levare to raise Date: 14th century

1 a : a substance (as yeast) used to produce fermentation in dough or a liquid; especially : SOURDOUGH

b : a material (as baking powder) used to produce a gas that lightens dough or batter

2 : something that modifies or lightens

Merrium Webster's Dictionary Main Entry: [2]leaven -- Function: transitive verb -- Inflected Form(s): leav·ened; leav·en·ing /'lev-ni[ng], 'le-v&-/ -- Date: 15th century

1 : to raise (as bread) with a leaven

2 : to mingle or permeate with some modifying, alleviating, or vivifying element -synonym see INFUSE

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Bible Definitions

Leaven: Strong's Exhaustive Concordance Hebrew # 7603. s@'or or seh-ore': from 7604; barm or yeast-cake (as swelling by fermentation):--leaven. See Hebrew 7604-sha'ar or shaw-ar': a primitive root; properly, to swell up, i.e. be (causatively, make) redundant:--leave, (be) left, let, remain, remnant, reserve, the rest. [remain- as in sourdough~kh]

Leaven: Strong's Exhaustive Concordance Hebrew #2557. chametz or khaw-mates' from 2556; ferment, (figuratively) extortion:--leaven, leavened (bread). See Hebrew 2556-chamets : a primitive root; to be pungent; i.e. in taste (sour, i.e. literally fermented, or figuratively, harsh), in color (dazzling):--cruel (man), dyed, be grieved, leavened.

Leaven: Strong's Exhaustive Concordance Greek # 2219. zume or dzoo'-may: ferment (as if boiling up):--leaven. See Greek 2204-zeo: a primary verb; to be hot (boil, of liquids; or glow, of solids), i.e. (figuratively) be fervid (earnest):--be fervent. [effervescent, bubbled or puffed up ~ kh]

Unleavened (Bread or Cakes): Strong's Exhaustive Concordance Hebrew #4682. matstsah or mats-tsaw' from 4711 in the sense of greedily devouring for sweetness; properly, sweetness; concretely, sweet (i.e. not soured or embittered with yeast); specifically, an unfermented cake or loaf, or (elliptically) the festival of Passover (because no leaven was then used):--unleavened (bread, cake), without leaven. See Hebrew 4711-matsats or maw-tsats': a primitive root; to suck:--milk.

Unleavened (Bread): Strong's Exhaustive Concordance Greek # 106. azumos or ad'-zoo-mos: from 1 (as a negative particle) and 2219; unleavened, i.e. (figuratively) uncorrupted; (in the neutral plural) specially (by implication) the Passover week:--unleavened (bread).
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ULB Symbolism

Unleavened flat bread, baked or fried on a hearthstone or griddle, is the oldest form of bread known. Most bread today is usually baked or fried, but almost always some kind of leavening agent is used to make it lighter and more puffy.  It is believed that yeast-risen bread was first developed in ancient Egypt who utilized beer yeast from their breweries to leaven breads.  

Leavening has often been thought of as the altering the spirit of the bread, the element which changes the bread's natural character and quality, from a small lump with weighty substance to a bread pretending to be 3-4 times its actual size ... but made up of pockets of nothingness. Leaven rapidly permeates the dough, contaminating it, souring it, fermenting it, and swelling it to many times its original size without changing its weight. To some, this souring process (the first stage of decay) is operating because of the curse of death decreed by God when Adam sinned. Leaven depicts sin.

Paul states clearly in 1 Corinthians 5:7, 8 that leaven symbolizes sin or "malice and wickedness." (There are two OT biblical words for leaven -- A. chametz: which means "sour" or "ferment" which cause bubbles to leaven. B. seor: which also means "to swell up") Sourness of character and swelling of pride are two primary characteristics wrought by sin. A little sin can "puff up" a person.

On the other hand, Unleavened Bread (Matsah: which means "sweet") depicts a pure life of "sincerity and truth." A "honest to goodness" way of living in the spirit.
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De-Leavening

During Unleavened Bread we are to have no leaven or leavened products in our home (Exodus 12:15; 13:7). This is specifically to be sure that nobody eats leaven -even accidentally. This includes any agent that produces fermentation and causes dough to rise.

It was much easier in the ancient times to remove leaven as most bread was baked fresh and a single starter culture of dough was the only other leaven to put out. Today, leaven is hidden in many products and products are stored for longer periods. Food items in your house that contain leaven or have been leavened; such as: cereals, crackers, breads, cakes, pies, breaded meats and vegetables (chicken nuggets, etc.), tortillas and the like should be removed from your house and discarded. [even Matzo crackers may have leaven! READ THE LABEL!] It is best to use up your stock -- not buying any new leavened products for a couple weeks prior to Passover. If you have more leavened products than you will consume before the Feast then please think of finding a food shelter that accepts donations early on. Also check the ingredients list on products that you do buy for hidden leaven.

Although not specifically found in scripture, but noted in Jewish literature, some observers do an annual house-cleaning: vigorously removing crumbs from couches, rigs, ovens, toasters, and vacuum bags. Although no one will be tempted to eat these items and they cannot leaven new dough, many find the event spiritually edifying and more precisely in obedience to the law. Doing all this is symbolic of putting both the visible and hidden sins out of our lives and it starts, prior to the Feast of ULB, at Passover.

1 Corinthians 11:26-32 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come. Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

A believer must always be examining him/her self and discarding sin from every crevice of their heart and body. Discern what the Lord did and is doing by His sacrifice. Discern why He did it and what your willing obligation should be. Submission and Obedience to Him and His holy laws - which are just and good. Also when we examine ourselves, we do not compare ourselves with those around us. (2 Corinthians 10:12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.)

Instead, the holy Scriptures and the law of God are our "perfect mirror" by which to measure ourselves. (James 1:18-27 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain. Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.)

We are to discard all carnal habits and walk in the spirit. Putting on the mind of Christ (He is the Head of The Body) means conforming our thoughts, values, and character to be like His. This is being unleavened - without sin by the blood of Christ. Be ye submissive to His chastening and obedient to His law.
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Leavening Agents

As opposed to just the fermented grain leavens of biblical times, we are now faced with numerous ways our food is leavened or puffed up. Today, technically, a leaven is anything that produces bubbles in dough or batter, causing baked goods to rise.   Most breads rise because of yeast, which works by fermenting sugar, which in turn produces carbon dioxide. There are three common methods by which bread can be made to rise. These are by the presence of steam during cooking, aeration, and the production of carbon dioxide in the dough [Steam, Air (mechanical), CO2 Agents or Chemicals]. All of these methods involve incorporating and trapping gas in the substance of the bread.

  Many things can leaven breads but these can be grouped in three standard categories. Air trapped in egg foams or while creaming butter and sugar creates small pores which can expand. The air pockets that permeate a dough or batter also provide space for the accumulation of carbon dioxide gas and steam. Watch the viscosity of batter. Thick batters help trap air during beating while thin batters let air escape during beating. The longer the product sits before going in the oven, the more air is lost. Steam can also cause things to get puffed up. Water expands 1600 times when it becomes steam. Water in products becomes steam when heated. Low temperatures (<400 C) reduce steam's ability to to get leavening power. (Puff pastry, cream puffs, popovers use steam as their major leavening agent.) Chemical leavening occurs when an acid and an alkali interact in the presence of liquid or heat. The resulting carbon dioxide gas expands and causes the bread to rise. Chemicals may be subcategorized into ingredient lists that you can look out for during the Feast of Unleavened Bread.

While most leavening is obvious, some forms and processes lead to doubtful disputations among the brethren as to "what" is "leaven" that needs to be 'put out' during Days Of Unleavened Bread (DOUB or ULB). Some argue that only leavening caused by fermented grain is to be avoided, others that steam and beaten eggs are out, some that all are forbidden. Let everyone be true to the dictates of their own conscience as led by the holy spirit of God. A simple rule of faith to apply: When in Doubt - Cast it Out! Its better to keep your conscience clear and, besides, any 'giving up' or sacrifice of what we eat for YHWH is good and pleasing in His sight and an acceptable offering.

Chemical Leavening Agents

Chemical leavening agents can be used to leaven the dough prior to packaging in much the same manner as active yeast is used. Chemical leavening agents are generally composed of an acidifier and a carbonate salt normally sodium bicarbonate. Other carbonate salts such as sodium carbonate, potassium bicarbonate, potassium carbonate and ammonium carbonate are sometimes used.

  • Baking Powder (an alkalai, ususally a carbonate salt, and an acidifier combined) Baking powder is generally just baking soda mixed with an acid. Traditional baking powder was composed of a mixture of tartaric acid and bicarbonate of soda (baking soda), a quantity of flour usually being added to reduce the strength. When dissolved in water the acid and bicarbonate react and emit carbon dioxide gas which expands, producing bubbles to leaven the mixture. Most modern baking powders are double acting, that is, they contain two acid salts, one which reacts at room temperature, producing a rise as soon as the dough or batter is prepared, and another which reacts at a higher temperature, causing a further rise during baking. Baking powders that contain only the low-temperature acid salts are called single acting. Many recipes call for a process called creaming, where butter and sugar are beaten together to introduce tiny seed bubbles which the leavening gas will further expand. Common low-temperature acid salts include cream of tartar, calcium phosphate, and citrate. High-temperature acid salts are usually aluminium salts, such as calcium aluminium phosphate. They can be found not only in many baking powders, but also in many non-dairy coffee creamers.

  • Coated anhydrous monocalcium phosphate; Dicalcium Phosphate Dihydrate; Dicalcium Phosphate (acidifiers)

  • Dimagnesium Phosphate (acidifier)

  • Glucona-delta-lactone (acidifier)

  • Monocalcium Phosphate Monohydrate (acidifier)

  • Salt of Harts-horn

  • Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate (from Harts-horn) (acidifier)

  • Sodium Aluminium Phosphate (SALP) (acidifier)

  • Sodium Aluminum Sulfate or NaAl(SO4)2 (acidifier)

  • Disodium Pyrophosphate (acidifier)

  • Ammonium (Bi)Carbonate (harts-horn powder); Ammonium Carbonate or (NH4)2CO3 known as Bakers' Ammonia; Triebsalz

  • Potassium Carbonate (Baking Ammonia also potash or pearlash)

  • Sodium Carbonate (alkalai)

  • Sodium Hydroxide (alkalai)

  • Calcium Oxide (alkalai)

  • Magnesium Hydroxide (alkalai)

  • Potassium Bicarbonate or KHCO3 (alkalai)

  • Ammonium Bicarbonate (alkalai)

  • Potassium Acid Tartrate (acidifier)

  • Potassium Carbonate (alkalai)

  • Bicarbonate of Soda Saleratus (alkalai)

  • Bicarbonate of Ammonia Sodium Aluminum Phosphate; Carbonate of Ammonia Sodium Acid Phosphate; Bread Soda Sodium Aluminum Sulfate (alkalai with acidifier)

  • Sodium Bicarbonate or NaHCO3 (only if mixed with an acid such as buttermilk or cream of tartar)

  • potassium bitartrate (cream of tartar) (acidifier)

  • Calcium Acid Phosphate; Calcium Phosphate or Ca(H2PO4)2 (acidifier)

  • Levair

  • lievito di vaniglia (leaven of vanilla in Italian language which is basically baking soda, baking powder and vanilla extract)

  • other commonly used acidifiers include acetic acid, citric acid, fumaric acid, adipic acid and glucona-delta lactone - these are not leaven by themselves but must be combined with a carbonate salt. If they are in a products ingredient list - then look for the carbonate as well.

Standard Leavening Agents
  • yeast or microorganisms that release carbon dioxide as part of their lifecycle can be used to leaven products. Leavening with yeast is a process based on fermentation, physically changing the chemistry of the dough or batter as the yeast works. (yeast extracts are okay - they are not the whole yeast organism and cannot leaven. They are the proteins derived from inactivated (killed) yeast. They are used as a flavor enhancer and will be listed on labels as "yeast extract", "yeast autolysate" or "torula yeast." Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Yeast hulls, Yeast Nutrients are also non-leavening items. There are two kinds of Brewer's Yeast. One is used to make beer and its bubbles and consequently can leaven. The other is a deactivated yeast used as a nutritional supplement. The latter is okay as it has no leavening properties.)

  • Barm is the resulting cast-off yeast from the beer making process which can be used as a leavener.

  • Sour Dough or Starter Dough  (or, more formally, natural leaven or levain) refers to the process of leavening bread by capturing wild yeasts in a dough or batter, as opposed to using a domestic, purpose-cultured yeast such as Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Sourdough more specifically refers to a symbiotic culture of lactobacilli and yeasts, giving a distinctively tangy or sour taste (hence its name), due mainly to the lactic acid and acetic acid produced by the lactobacilli.

  •  Salt rising (or salt risen) bread is bread in which the bacterium Clostridium perfringens is used to leaven the bread rather than yeast or baking soda. The salt used in the starter is used to suppress yeast growth and provide an environment more conducive to the C. perfringens bacterium. Salt Rising Bread is an artisan bread made from wheat flour with a starter consisting of a liquid (water or milk), either corn, potatoes, or wheat, and some other minor ingredients. The starter distinguishes itself from a sourdough starter by working best with an incubation period of 6-16 hours at temperatures ranging from 38-45 C (98-113 F); a sourdough starter will usually work best at or below room temperature.

  • baking powder  ( three types of BP: phosphate, anhydrous phosphate, and sodium aluminum sulfate phosphate [household])

  • baking soda  (only a leaven if used with an acid like : sour milk or buttermilk, molasses, brown sugar, honey, corn syrup, maple syrup, lemon juice, and vinegar, other acidic fruit juice or cream of tartar or tartic acid) may also be called "saleratus"

  • potash or pearlash  (potassium carbonate, pottasche, pottasch, saleratus, pearl ash) a by-product of burned wood ash.

  • beaten egg whites or beaten whole eggs  (beating them traps air to facilitate leavening - un-beaten or carefully blended eggs will not leaven)

  • sourdough  (left over leavened dough from previous batch)

  • harts-horn powder  (ammonium carbonate, carbonate of ammonia, baking ammonia, bicarbonate of ammonia, ammonium bicarbonate, powdered baking ammonia, triebsalz, hartshorn, salt of hartshorn, hirschhornsalz, hjorthornssalt)

  • Carbonated Beverages such as soda-pop or beer will leaven a baked product. A 7-Up in a cake used rather than baking powder will result in a light, soft texture, due to carbon dioxide - it is a leavening agent unless all the air/gas is depleted (flat). Although these are not leaven themselves they will leaven baked goods if used in the cooking process. [The command is to put out leaven AND also not to eat anything that is leavened. This can be a contention for some - let each be ruled by the spirit and conscience.] Beer is made with yeast. It is commonly used in the batter for deep-fat fried foods, and sometimes used in baked goods.

  •  Kefir is a fermented milk drink originating in the Caucasus - it is similar to drinkable yogurt in taste and consistency except a bit more sour and a little yeasty. It is traditionally fermented using kefir grains, a symbiotic culture of yeasts and bacteria passed down from generation to generation. Kefir can be used as a leavening agent when baking bread, because it contains active yeasts and bacteria. It can be used directly in a recipe, by replacing the yeast and half the water with kefir. Recipes that specify buttermilk or yogurt can be made just as well (or better!) with kefir.

  • Buttermilk  or cultured skim milk, is indispensable to the baker.  It is a fermented acidic product used to give added tang to baked goods and as a leavening agent to make products rise more.  Buttermilk is acidic and it reacts with baking soda, an alkaline, to create carbon dioxide bubbles in the batter and hence makes the batter lighter. It is not leaven stand alone to our understanding.

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How to Observe ULB for Unequally Yoked Couples
Being unequally yoked can pose its own unique set of problematic issues. Familiar dilemma: Scenario A: God has placed the husband as the head of the household and yet the unbelieving husband persecutes the wife for observing the feasts. What do you do?  ... Scenario B:  A wife creates havoc over her husband throwing away the leavened bread in the house "forcing" her to partake in his "weird" religion ... but God says to keep the Feasts. What do you do?

It is truly a divisive matter in a home. Jesus said He came to bring a sword to a family but that does not give us reign to treat others poorly or lord our beliefs over another. God has called you both to PEACE.

Above all, you must always reflect the Father's light of Love. Be a good and loving spouse. Tell your spouse that you are sorry for the way you have handled this disagreement in the past. Tell him/her these indeed are your convictions and that you want to obey God, love your husband/wife and keep (or establish) harmony in the home ... and maybe even ask him/her for his help in obtaining this.

Husbands with unbelieving wives: Remember that you cannot force submission of your wife - true submission is a willing act not a coerced one. Be kind, loving and gentle but lead your family with courage in the ways of the Lord. If you provide sound leadership of your family every day and all year then your holydays will have less distractions due to disunity.

Wives with unbelieving husbands -Maybe the answer could be for you to designate a room or 'set up a tabernacle' (tent) which you make YOUR dwelling for the Feast of ULB. In this place YOU would have the 'headship' as far as keeping it de-leavened but outside you are not responsible for but the 'Head' is ... of that which is your husband. That way your dwelling is clear of leaven and you do not force the truth down your family's throats. You honor God. You honor your husband. And teach your children a valuable lesson in how to truly be a Christian.

1 Corinthians 7:12-16  But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away. And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him. For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the [believing] wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the [believing] husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy. But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace.  For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife?
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Bread From Heaven

Jesus/Yeshua is the ultimate fulfillment of sweet unleavened bread (matzoh) because He is sinless, is received freely to him who gathers and He provides and sustains life.  The "Bread of Life" is the Word of God.  Jesus Christ is the Word of God made flesh (John 1:14), and whosoever believes in Him will have eternal life (John 3:15-16; John 5:24; Acts 10:43; Romans 3:26;  1John 5:10; ). We spiritually partake of the Word (both scripture and Christ as The Word) as our daily bread. Here are some scriptures about that Bread from Heaven:

 John 6:31-35 Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat. Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

John 6:47-58 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. I am that bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat? Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.

Luke 22:19 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.

1 Corinthians 10:16-17 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.

Be Holy -- as He is Holy

1 John 3:4-7 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.

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ULB Recipes

From the time the flower is ground until the bread is made and in the oven should be 18 minutes or less so as to not cause the dough to adopt yeast spores from the air and cause any rising.
 
UNLEAVENED BREAD
Ingredients:
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup olive oil
1 cup water
1/8 cup honey (for Passover meal omit honey)
Directions: Mix oil and flour first-stir. Put water and honey in and whisk into runny mixture. Spread thin on baking sheet. Bake in a 500-600 degree oven for 6 to 7 minutes.
 
Unleavened Wheat Bread
Ingredients
4 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup white flour
2 cups water
1/4 cup honey
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup oil
Directions: Roll out to 1/8 inch thick. Place on greased cookie sheet. Score into about 1 inch squares. Cut into 4 x 5 rectangles. Bake at 400 degrees about 15 minutes. In the first minutes of baking, prick bubbles that may form.
 
ALMOND BREAD (not for Passover/Lords Supper)
Ingredients:
4 eggs
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup oil or butter
1 tablespoon almond extract
3 cups flour
1 small bag slivered almonds
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Directions: Mix sugar, eggs and 1 cup flour. Add oil or butter. Add remaining ingredients, pour into two greased bread pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove from pans.
 
These are just a few to get you started. The Internet has numerous unleavened recipes and foods to enjoy and to help rejoice before the Lord during this festival time.
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7000 Club

1 Kings 19:18 Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.

No, not the 700 Club but the 7000 (Seven Thousand) Club.  Are you a member? Often we think we are alone in following the Lord but remember that their are many brethren which go through the same trials and tribulations as you. Part of being "unleavened" for God means accepting the blood of Christ to pay your debt for sin (transgression of the law) but also it means to "walk as He walked". To be holy as he is Holy.

Below are 22 questions the members of John Wesley's Holy Club asked THEMSELVES EACH DAY in their private devotions over 200 years ago. We could ask the same of ourselves during these days.
1. Am I consciously or unconsciously creating the impression that I am better than I really am? In other words, am I a hypocrite?  2 Am I honest in all my acts and words, or do I exaggerate?
3 Do I confidentially pass on to another what was told to me in confidence?    4 Can I be trusted?   5 Am I a slave to dress, friends, work, or habits?
6 Am I self-conscious, self-pitying, or self justifying?   7  Did the Bible live in me today?   8 Do I give it time to speak to me everyday?    9 Am I enjoying prayer?
10 When did I last speak to someone else about my faith?  11 Do I pray about the money I spend?    12  Do I get to bed on time and get up on time?   13 Do I disobey God in anything?
14 Do I insist upon doing something about which my conscience is uneasy?  15 Am I defeated in any part of my life?    16 Am I jealous, impure, critical, irritable, touchy, or distrustful?
17 How do I spend my spare time?   18 Am I proud?  19  Do I thank God that I am not as other people, especially as the Pharisees who despised the publican?
20 Is there anyone whom I fear, dislike, disown, criticize, hold a resentment toward or disregard? If so, what I am doing about it?   21 Do I grumble or complain constantly?  22 Is Christ real to me?

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Unleavened Humor

During the Days of Unleavened Bread, a man took his lunch to eat outside in the park. He sat down on a bench and began eating. He was eating some Matzoh, a flat crunchy unleavened bread that has dozens of perforations.  A little while later a blind man came by and sat down next to him. Feeling neighborly, the man passed a sheet of matzoh to the blind man. The blind man handled the matzoh for a few minutes, looked puzzled, and finally exclaimed, "Who wrote this stuff?"

Take Us Out of this Bondage   (sung to the tune of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game")
Take us out of this bondage
Take us from slavery
Bake us some matzoh in such a haste
Don't worry about flavor--
Give no thought to taste.


Oh it's rush, rush, rush, to the Red Sea
If we don't cross it's a shame
For it's one, five, ten plagues you're out
When the first Passover came.
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Green Eggs & Ham? Passover With Dr. Seuss    [by Ken Hoeck]
God hath said I AM THAT I AM
Do not eat green eggs and ham!
Then Satan said 'Don't you listen'
'See that pig just how he glistens?'
The disciple said "You'll never see!
They are not kosher, So let me be!
I will not eat green eggs and ham.
I should not eat them said the I-AM.
But green eggs are clean with a biscuit.
Or I will try them with some brisket.
I'll eat green eggs you crazy fox.
If you serve them with some lox.
And those green eggs are worth a try
Scrambled inside some matzoh pie!
So leave me, Satan, do not whine
You can keep your filthy swine,
I'll eat the things the Lord said I can!
I'll listen not to you but to the great I AM
God's own Son He died for me
Yeshua gave Himself upon the tree
He did not say all meats were clean
He meant clean hands not pork & beans
The whole law of God He did uphold,
The Lamb's blood bought me - I am sold
He'll save me - but you'll face His ire!
He'll cook you and your ham in the lake of fire!

Pharoah's Nile (to the tune of "Gilligan's Island")

Just lean right back and you'll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip
That started back in ancient times while under Pharoah's whip.
Well Moses was a pious man, G-d made him brave and sure
Though Pharoah was a mighty man, his heart was not pure,
his heart was not pure.

Old Pharoah started getting tough, the Jews were harshly bossed
If not for the courage of the fearless few our people would be lost,
our people would be lost.
They cried to G-d please rescue us, conditions here are vile.
Send Moses, and Aaron, too, to save our children and wives.
We'll leave this land at G-d's behest
Here on Pharoah's Nile.

So G-d said Moses take your staff and with your brother go
To Pharoah you will plead your case to let my people go.
Well Moses, he sure did his best, but Pharoah was not moved
Til G-d sent down ten dreadful plagues and His power was proved,
His power was proved.

The frogs, the lice, and even boils, could not make Pharoah bend
'Til slaying of the first born males threatened Pharoah's life to end,
threatened Pharoah's life to end.
The Jews escaped miraculously, when G-d helped them to flee,
Egyptian armies followed them, but drowned in the deep Red Sea.

So this is a tale of our ancestors, they wandered a long, long time.
They had to make the best of things, it was an uphill climb.
So join us here each year my friends, it's sure to be worthwhile
Retelling how the Jews escaped, far from Pharoah's Nile.

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Story of Moses And The Red Sea
A little boy once returned home from Sabbath school and his father asked, "what did you learn today?" 
He answered, "The Sabbath School teacher told us how Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt."
The father asked, "Oh he did?  So, son, how did it happen?" 
The boy said "Moses was a big strong man and he beat Pharaoh up. Then while Pharoah was down, he got all the people together and ran towards the sea. When he got there, he had the Corps of Engineers build a huge pontoon bridge. Once they got on the other side, they blew up the bridge while the Egyptians were trying to cross."
The father was shocked. "Is that what the Sabbath School teacher taught you?"
The boy replied, "No. But you'd never believe the story he DID tell us!"

REJOICE WITH THE FATHER AND THE SON - WHO DWELL WITH AND INSIDE EACH OF YOU BRETHREN! JESUS DOES NOT ACCUSE YOU - GO AND SIN NO MORE!

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