Scroll down for last year’s posts on When and How to remove leaven from your home before Passover (Pesach). Here let us deal with the Why.
Leaven is a symbol of subtle, gradual change. The insidious work of the micro-organisms which transforms the lump of dough is used as a metaphor for sin.
While Atonement in the beginning of winter focuses on the internal cleansing of the heart, Passover is preoccupied with the external transformation of Yahuwah’s children. We want to spend forever in His presence; we need to allow Him to free us completely from the tentacles and snares of sin. So we clean our homes and dispose of all leaven and foods containing it. (use it up, give it away, plan ahead and minimize waste as well as enhance the lessons).
Living for eight days with no yeast, raised bread, and so forth allows us to ponder the hold of sin on us, the things we need to surrender and allow Him to change, and what living with no sin will really be like.
We need to think like an overcomer before we can become one. Yes, the victory is all His. Our best contribution is filthy rags. Yet as His children, we are interested in what He is doing and planning. We can benefit greatly by going through this process and realizing certain things about ourselves and our dependence on His help and transformation.
We are not commanded to remove idols, addiction paraphernalia, or other immoral objects from our homes and possessions (in connection with Passover). We are not expected to have these as believers. But as we sweep, organize, and move every item we own, we can be thinking about how appropriate it is to have them and how our Father feels about them.
Once every year we take a deep look and spiritual consideration of all these things and have a temporary change of diet. What a practical way to stir us to a deeper commitment to our Redeemer and His Father above. HallaluYAH!