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Compliments of First Fruits of Zion
reprinted by permission of FFOZ
Bo - בוא : “Come”
Torah : Exodus 10:1–13:16
Haftarah : Jeremiah 46:13–28
Gospel : Mark 4–5
The Bread of Affliction
Thought for the Week:
This is the bread of affliction that our fathers ate in the land of Egypt.
Let all the hungry come and eat! Let all the needy come and celebrate
Passover! This year we are here; next year may we be in the Land of Israel.
This year we are slaves; next year may we be free men. (Traditional Passover
And they shall eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. (Exodus 12:8)
The unleavened bread of the Passover seder is referred to in the Passover
Haggadah as “the bread of affliction.” In the traditional Passover Haggadah,
Rabban Gamliel explains the symbolism of the unleavened bread and the bitter
herbs. Regarding the unleavened bread he says:
This is the unleavened bread that we eat. What is it for? It is because
there was not enough time for the dough of our fathers to ferment, before
the Sovereign King of Kings, the Holy One, blessed is He, revealed Himself
to them and redeemed them. As it is said [in Exodus 12:39], “They baked the
dough which they had brought out of Egypt into cakes of unleavened bread.
For it had not become leavened, since they were driven out of Egypt and
could not delay, nor had they prepared any provisions for themselves.”
But for disciples of the Master there is deeper meaning in the bread. The
Master took the bread at His Last Seder and said, “This is My body which is
given for you; do this in remembrance of Me” (Luke 22:19). The unleavened bread
(matzah, מצה) teaches us about the body of the Master. When you
examine a piece of matzah, you will observe that it is pierced, it is striped
and it is flat. It is pierced so that it bakes thoroughly. It is striped from
the scorching of the oven racks. It is flat because it is made without leaven.
Just as the unleavened bread is pierced, His body was pierced. Just as the
unleavened bread is striped, His body was striped and wounded. Just as the
unleavened bread is without yeast (yeast often symbolizes corruption), He was
without sin. Therefore it is written, “He was pierced through for our
transgressions” (Isaiah 53:5), and “They will look on Me whom they have pierced”
(Zechariah 12:10), and “With his stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5 KJV), and
again, He “has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews
4:15). In the Torah, leaven represents corruption and decay, but regarding
Messiah Scripture says, “Nor will You allow Your Holy One to undergo decay”
(Psalm 16:10). Moreover, we remember that He is called “the bread of life” (John
6:35) and the Afflicted One:
Surely our griefs He Himself bore, and our sorrows He carried; yet we
ourselves esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was
pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities;
the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are
healed. (Isaiah 53:4–5)
Shavuah Tov! Have a Good Week!
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