Do not find leaven in your domain seven days during Passover

The Literal Commandment

Seven days there shall be no leaven found in your houses; for whoever eats what is leavened, that person shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he is an alien or a native of the land. (Exodus 12:19)

 

The literal commandment is that there shall be no leaven found in your houses (during the Feast of Unleavened Bread).

 

Messiah Says

Messiah implicitly affirmed this commandment when He spoke about the Law:

"Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:17-19)

 

Pictures of Messiah

In Scripture, leaven provides a picture of sin: leaven causes bread to become "puffed up" (i.e. prideful and sinful). Seven is a symbol of perfection or completeness. Seven days of leavenless eating pictures Messiah's perfect sinlessness. This particular commandment, however, goes even futher.

It is not enough that we simply forego eating leavened foods for a week: we must actively seek it out and remove it from our homes. This pictures just how far away from Himself Messiah kept sin.

This commandment to not have leaven in our homes for the seven days of Passover provides us with an annual way to actively connect with the perfect sinlessness of our Messiah. It gives us a tangible reminder that we should seek out and remove "the sin which so easily entangles us" (Heb 12:1).

 

How Messiah Fulfilled

Messiah fulfilled this commandment by not having leaven in His home during the seven days of Passover.

 

Traditional Observance

The traditional observance of this commandment involves removing the leaven from our homes on the 14th of Nisan and not allowing anything leavened back in for the seven days of the Feast of Unleavened Bread.

 

Other Notes

We are able to fulfill this commandment and should not have leaven in our homes during the seven days of Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread.

 

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Commandment Details

  • Mishneh Torah # 113
  • Mishneh Torah Book # 3
  • Mishneh Torah Book Times
  • Mishneh Torah Category 15- Leaven and Unleavened Bread
  • Reference Exodus 12:19
  • Scripture Book Exodus
  • Chapter 12
  • Verse 19
  • English Seven days there shall be no leaven found in your houses; for whoever eats what is leavened, that person shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he is an alien or a native of the land.
  • Hebrew יט שִׁבְעַת יָמִים--שְׂאֹר, לֹא יִמָּצֵא בְּבָתֵּיכֶם: כִּי כָּל-אֹכֵל מַחְמֶצֶת, וְנִכְרְתָה הַנֶּפֶשׁ הַהִוא מֵעֲדַת יִשְׂרָאֵל--בַּגֵּר, וּבְאֶזְרַח הָאָרֶץ.
  • Greek 19 ἑπτὰ ἡμέρας ζύμη οὐχ εὑρεθήσεται ἐν ταῖς οἰκίαις ὑμῶν· πᾶς, ὃς ἂν φάγῃ ζυμωτόν, ἐξολεθρευθήσεται ἡ ψυχὴ ἐκείνη ἐκ συναγωγῆς Ισραηλ ἔν τε τοῖς γειώραις καὶ αὐτόχθοσιν τῆς γῆς·
  • Parashah 15- Bo
  • Positive/Negative Negative
  • Sefer Hachinuch # 11
  • Sef. Hach. Command To have no chametz in our possession during Passover
  • Category Appointed Times
  • We can fullfill today Yes

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