We are fast approaching the Biblical Spring moedim, or appointed times! They include Passover, Pesach in Hebrew; Unleavened Bread; and First Fruits. We can see Jesus, Yeshua, celebrating these in the New Testament. (References can be found in Matthew 26, Mark 14, Luke 22, and John 2 & 13.) Specifically that he observed Passover the evening before he died. In our family’s journey to be more like the Messiah every day, we also observe these festivals, and I encourage you to do the same. There is a lot of joy in them as well as SO many spiritual truths to glean (Had you ever realized that the moon would have been FULL or close to it in the Garden of Gethsemane that night?). This is our fourth year celebrating them and every year I gain a deeper understanding of the Creator and the Son he sent. Today I’d like to share a little of what I’ve learned this year.
As you read the whole story of the Exodus, you find that the night of the final plague, the death of the firstborn, the Hebrews were released from bondage. Pharaoh let them go and they left in haste. So quickly that their bread dough did not have time to rise. It was without leaven. This is in part where the Feast of Unleavened Bread has it’s history. You can find the commemoration of this in Leviticus 23 where the children of Israel (that’s ME! by way of adoption) are told to keep this feast.
In the weeks leading up to Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread, we are to remove all leaven and traces of leaven from our homes. There is to be NONE in our house. So, through the last two weeks we’ve been Spring Cleaning (I think this is the most likely origin of ‘Spring Cleaning’). The bathroom and living room are completely clean, so nobody is allowed to take bread or crackers in there right now.
We’ve also gone through the pantry looking for anything that has yeast in it. Would you believe that a lot of prepared soup, broth, and packaged foods have yeast added to them? They do. Makes this a bit more challenging than just yeast packets in the freezer and bread. By Wednesday, the house will be free of anything containing yeast so that any further cleaning won’t be contaminated.
Yet, it seems like no matter how diligent I am in finding yeast, we get a few days into the feast and inevitably I find something in the bottom of the freezer with leaven in it or crumbs under a bed. This is to be a spiritual picture that no matter how good we think we are, there is still sin hiding somewhere. As we prepare our house and remove leaven, chametz, from it, we are to be preparing our spirits as well. You see, leaven represents sin in our life.
Something I love about doing the Biblical feasts is that there are at least 3 seasons a year where you are to do intense self examination and prepare yourself for a holy time. This is one of them. While removing yeast from your home, you are to be seeking the LORD diligently and asking Him to show you the hidden leaven, or sin, in your life. And when He does, you are to repent of it. Quickly, let’s discuss what that looks like.
Repenting of sin is turning away from it. If you have wronged someone, you go to that person and you ask for forgiveness in addition to asking for forgiveness from the Creator. And then you stop doing it.
I’ve been asked a few times in the last week what leaven we’re removing from our home. The obvious is yeast and bread. The sneakier would be soups and broth. The debatable is baking soda, baking powder, and fermented foods. I won’t tell you exactly what we got rid of, but you can pray through those examples.
1 Corinthians 5:6-8 discusses leaven and the purging of it. Verse 6 says that “a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.” So a little sin contaminates the whole person… and the whole body, since we are the body of Messiah. We need to diligently purge our inner man as we prepare for this special Feast! The physical is a picture of the spiritual. Be sure you’re doing both and not neglecting one. They are equally important.
I cannot tell you what leaven needs to be purged from your home, as I cannot tell you what sin is in your life. That is specific to you and your relationship with the Father. What He tells me needs to be purged from my home may not be what He tells you needs to be purged from your home. Just like the sin in my life will be different from the sin in your life, each need to be addressed individually and completely as well as on a very intimate level with the Creator.
Use this week for cleaning. Cleaning your spirit and your home. You will feel so much lighter by weeks end. Burdens you didn’t know you had will be gone. Sin weighs us down and we choose to allow that weight rather than deal with it. Take time this week to do some internal spring cleaning!
Some of you, if you’ve made it this far, have found it an utter waste of time because it wasn’t a bullet point list of what to remove from your home. To you, I’m sorry you’re disappointed… but, there is some great meat here for you! Go spend some time with the Creator.
Some of you are digesting and processing… Maybe this was a completely new concept… That’s ok. That’s good! Go check my scripture references and pray while you do so!
And the rest of you are so thankful! A burden has been lifted from your shoulders and you’re ready to do some serious self examining with your Creator. If this is you and you were encouraged by this, be sure to subscribe for our emails, follow the blog as well as That Crunch on Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter and Like us on Facebook. That way you never miss a drop of encouragement. We all get parched. Let That Crunch help you stay refreshed!
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