Today is the 7th and last day of Unleavened Bread for us. There were all total 5 special days or feast meals in this week that began with Passover 8 days ago: 1) Passover and the Passover meal; 2) the first day of Unleavened Bread and a Sabbath; 3) the regular Sabbath; 4) the Feast of the Waving of the Barley Sheaf and Resurrection Day; and 5) the 7th day of Unleavened Bread and a Sabbath. We did a lot more this year than last and it has kept me busy all week, as the lack of posts attests! But we have had such a joyful and wonderful time, with lots of family and lots of food! Yesterday was my favorite day so far; it was Resurrection Sunday, and we got to spend the entire day with all our children and grandchildren.
Something I noticed this year that I didn’t notice last year: the biblical festival year begins and ends with week- long festivals: Unleavened Bread at the start of the festival year and Tabernacles at the end of the festival year. Then there is an extra 8th day associated with each week- long festival: the Passover meal at the beginning of Unleavened Bread, and "The 8th Day" at the end of Tabernacles. Passover, which begins the festival year, is the reminder of our Lord’s delivery of us from slavery! And The 8th Day, which ends the festival year, is the foreshadow of our eternity with the Lord! They are just two beautiful "bookends" of YHVH’s plan of salvation and love for us and all of humanity!
In your spare time (!), would you be able to share more details of what you did to make the feast days special? Our family had lots of ideas for passover, but what about the other days? Special foods? Things to do with the kids? We're all ears!
I will try to post recipes and ideas for the feast days; thank you for the suggestion! Love, Christine