When Passover approaches our thoughts naturally turn to the beautiful provision our heavenly Father has made for our cleansing and purification through His Son Yeshua, the Messiah! (Jesus Christ).
As we look forward to sharing in the Passover Service I would like to pass on a little word to all the keepers of the home. To us falls the duty to have our homes cleansed of all that symbolizes 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 toasters, ovens, and 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 symbolize 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! It is a sign of obedience:
|Exodus 13:||9: “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.“|
It is a good plan also, to bake something special for Passover and to keep it in tins in readiness for the Passover Week. Most recipe books contain ideas where yeast, baking powder, and or soda is not required. Preparing in advance will ensure that the week of unleavened bread is a joy and not an ordeal for you, your family, and your friends.
Do remember that the Week of Unleavened Bread (15th Abib to 21st Abib) (See Calendar Chart for civil dates) is a symbolic picture of Yahweh putting sin out of His house (the Church). Very soon now, He will complete this task and will totally cleanse His church (His household) of sin and falsehood for all time! Meanwhile we display our agreement with His holy objective by performing this symbolic ceremony each year.