I've been doing some heavy duty spring cleaning over the past couple of weeks. I've been getting things ready for Passover. One of the preparations prior to celebrating Passover is to rid the home of any and all leaven. This means making sure leavening products, such as, yeast, baking soda, baking powder and anything made with them are removed from the home. The Jewish people, who have been diligent to keep the feasts of the Lord throughout the centuries, make sure every crumb that may have fallen behind furniture or appliances is removed. This results in some extreme housecleaning.
According to the Holy Scriptures, leaven is symbolic of sin. It's been an interesting object lesson for me. I've learned that getting rid of sin is hard work, when you've neglected it for long periods of time. Therefore, the process would be alot easier if I would deal with "getting the leaven out" on a daily basis.
Let me just say that as a believer of Jesus Messiah, I believe that the Blood that He shed on the cross is powerful enough to clean me of my sin. However, I have a responsibility to repent and ask for forgiveness. The process of preparing my home for Passover is simply a beautiful picture of how Messiah Jesus has delivered me out of the slavery of sin and of my diligence to have it removed.
Clean out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, as you are unleavened. For even Messiah, our Passover is sacrificed for us: Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
~1 Corinthians 5:7-8