Exodus 12:15
For seven days you must eat unleavened bread. On the first day you are to remove the yeast from your houses. Whoever eats anything leavened from the first day through the seventh must be cut off from Israel.
Sermons
The Institution of the PassoverD. Young Exodus 12:1-28
The PassoverJ. Orr Exodus 12:1-29
The PassoverH.T. Robjohns Exodus 12:1-28, 43-51
The Passover Feast the Type of the Christian LifeJ. Urquhart Exodus 12:14-20
The Feast of Unleavened BreadJ. S. Exell, M. A.Exodus 12:15-19


I. THE CHRISTIAN'S LIFE IS AN UNCEASING FESTIVAL.

1. It is unending, deepening joy. Other joys fade, this brightens.

2. It is a growing appropriation of the Lamb of God. Our union with him grows ever closer, fuller. Is this our experience? A nominal Christianity will never save us. Are we feeding on Jesus? Are we in. him and be in us?

II. IT IS THE KEEPING IN REMEMBRANCE OF A PAST DELIVERANCE, AND THE ANTICIPATION OF A GREATER.

1. There was present safety from the destroyer.

2. On the morrow there was to be the passing out from amidst the broken bonds of Egypt to the promised inheritance. The feast pointed backward, the types onward. We have forgiveness through the blood of Jesus, and the expectation of his coming the second time without sin unto salvation. Faith, and love, and hope the threefold glory of Christ's people.

III. IT Is A LIFE OF HOLINESS. From the beginning to the end of the feast the old leaven was not to be found in the dwellings of Israel. The soul that turns back to sin is cut off (vers. 15, 18-20). What was a mere accompaniment in the type, is a fruit of life in Christ.

IV. IT IS A FELLOWSHIP OF ALL BELIEVERS. It Was not only a family feast. It began and it closed with an assembly of the whole congregation. There are separate churches still, as there were families then. But the union of all believers must be recognised and rejoiced in. - U.







The feast of unleavened bread.
The feast of unleavened bread was a distinct ordinance from the Passover, though following immediately upon it. At this feast the Israelites were to eat unleavened bread; probably to commemorate the fact that they had left Egypt in such haste that they had no opportunity to leaven their dough, and were consequently obliged to eat unleavened cakes. It would also remind them of the power of God in bringing them out of Egypt when they were without provision for their journey, and it would teach them a lesson of trust in the Divine providence. This feast was an ordinance of God. We observe in reference to it —

I. THAT THE ORDINANCES OF GOD ARE CLEARLY MADE KNOWN AND ENJOINED UPON MAN.

1. Divinely authorized.

2. Morally beneficial.

3. Wofully neglected.This neglect is prevalent; it is fearful; it is inexcusable; it is morally injurious; it will ultimately meet with its due punishment.

II. THAT THE ORDINANCES OF GOD ARE TO BE OBSERVED IN A SPIRIT AND TEMPER FREE FROM SIN.

1. In a spirit free from hypocrisy.

2. In a spirit free from malice and bitterness.

3. The home-life must be in sympathy with God's ordinances.What we are at home we shall be in the ordinances of God. The home-life and the ordinary worship are inseparable; they are part of the same service, and must be pure.

III. THAT THE ORDINANCES OF GOD ARE TO BE OBSERVED WITH SOLEMNITY AND PROPREITY OF MORAL CONDUCT AND DEMEANOR.

IV. THAT THOSE WHO PROFANE THE ORDINANCES OF GOD ARE UNWORTHY OF THEM, AND SHOULD BE DENIED THE PRIVILEGE OF THEM. "That soul shall be cut off from Israel." Lessons:

1. That there are in connection with the Church of God many ordinances to be observed by men.

2. That these ordinances should be observed with due solemnity and appropriate conduct.

3. That neglect of these ordinances is disobedience to the command of God.

(J. S. Exell, M. A.)

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