must be cut off from the community of Israel,
- Commemorate: "1. preserve in memory by a celebration or ceremony 2. be a memorial of" (The Oxford Desk Dictionary, pg. 115.) The above passage holds both aspects of 'remembering' and 'celebrating'. This is not just a dry memorial, but an ongoing celebration of the LORD's victory of delivering the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt.
- Passover is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come. (v.14,17)
- Yeast must be removed from each household. Later, yeast would be seen as a symbol for sin. I don't know if it was viewed in a similar way by these Israelites -- and I wonder if they wondered why the yeast had to be removed from their homes. However, it is repeatedly emphasized (seven or eight times, by my count) in this passage that they had to remove the yeast/eat nothing with yeast/eat unleavened bread during this commemorative period.
- This command to remove the yeast was a serious one. Violation of this would result in being cut off from Israel. Being cut off from Israel might result in execution or banishment (See Genesis 17:14, Exodus 31:14, Leviticus 20:2-3) At any rate, it would definitely remove the offender from being part of the covenant relationship with the LORD. Notice that this ordinance applied to both native-born Israelis and aliens living with them. It was to be observed 'wherever you live' (v.20).
- This Feast of Unleavened Bread would start at the Passover meal and continue for seven days.