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Let us celebrate the Seder not with leftover chametz ...but with the matzah of purity and truth (1 Corinthians 5:8).

Jewish Date

NISAN
17

Spring cleaning! It is a busy time of the year. Yet it seems that this much-needed chore is actually the idea of God himself! Every year at this time, we are told in the Torah to clean out the chameytz (leaven) from our dwelling places as we commemorate Passover (Exodus 12:15).

Why bother? The word chameytz can actually be translated as "decay," "corruption," or just plain "sour." Because of this description, we can see many spiritual lessons in the removal of chameytz at Passover. It is actually symbolic of a bigger problem—sin. Indeed, our transgressions decay our existence, taking us away from God's perfect plan for our lives. Chameytz also reminds us that a corruption may set in if we choose our own ways instead of the abundant life which Yeshua offers. Because it is sour, chameytz represents what sin does to us: it can turn us into sour, bitter people!

By contrast, Matzah (unleavened bread) can also be translated "sweet." Our people were told to replace the chameytz with pure, unleavened matzah. How true it is that when sin is removed from our lives, the sweetness of God's blessings can take over! As we eat the matzah during the eight days of Passover, may we know afresh the sweetness of our walk with Yeshua.


...clean out any spiritual chameytz and let the sweetness of the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) show forth to those around me.

BK

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