To promote an understanding of the Jewishness of the Scriptures which were written by Jewish men, about the Jewish Messiah, within the context of first century Jewish culture in Israel.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Story of the Matzah

Matzah is a special bread eaten during Pesach (Passover).  It is made without yeast which makes it thin and crispy when it is baked in the oven. It has a taste that is similar to a saltine cracker.

The yeast is omitted from the recipe as a reminder that the Hebrews had to leave Egypt so quickly, that their breads did not have time to rise.  Yeast is also a representative of sin.

The Matzah is special because it is a visual reminder of the suffering of Messiah Yeshua before His crucifixion at Pesach. 

We read in Isaiah 53:5 that Messiah "was pierced for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed."

Observe the Matzah on the right border of this post.  There are little holes which appear to be in rows running down the length of the bread. Also notice the brown spots on the bread which occurred while the bread was baking.

The holes represent when Yeshua was pierced, the brown spots are His bruises, and the rows are the stripes He took to purchase our healing.  Also, remember that the Matzah is without yeast (sin) just as Yeshua is without sin.

There are many little flashes of Yeshua all throughout the Seder meal. A Messianic Seder Service will draw specific attention to those foreshadows concerning Yeshua.  If you have an opportunity to attend such as Seder, it is a very memorable event.

Remember the story of the Matzah!
Shalom, Dawn

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