As we look forward to sharing in the Passover service I would like to
pass on a little word to all our mothers and keepers of the home. To us
falls the duty to have our homes cleansed of all that symbolises and
represents sin - yeast. It is a good time to clean out the food store,
to read the labels on tinned and packaged goods (it's amazing how many
preparations have yeast extracts or raising agents in them). That way
they can be used up long before the Passover week and prevent any waste
by having to throw them out at the last minute. They should not be brought
back into the house after the week of Unleavened Bread any more than
false teachings or sinful habits should be re-introduced to our lives. Once
out, they must stay out. Also check that your ovens or grills have had
those last crumbs of bread removed before the Passover week arrives.
Last of all, has your vacuum cleaner or sweeper been emptied? For even
there the odd bit of yeast may lurk. It is a sacred duty to do all within
your power to correctly symbolise the process of cleansing. Never look
upon it as drudgery or pass the job to someone else. Just think, as you do it,
of how God through His Son's blood cleanses us, (every corner, every
thought, every hidden detail of our lives) and you will find great joy in
serving your family thus. It is a sign of obedience:
|"And it (the Feast of Unleavened Bread) shall be for a sign upon thine hand, and for a memorial between thine eyes (the forehead) that the Lord's law may be in thy mouth."
Do remember that the Week of Unleavened Bread (15th Abib to 21st Abib) is a symbolic picture of Yahweh putting sin out of His house (the Church) for all time. Soon He will complete this task and will totally cleanse His church (His household) of sin and falsehood. Meanwhile we display our agreement with His holy objective by performing this symbolic ceremony each year.