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In the coming weeks some people will be celebrating Passover or Israel's deliverance from slavery in Egypt. Other people will be celebrating the resurrection of Messiah, who died for our sins so that we can be delivered from our slavery to sin. Those who attend Messianic Congregations, will be celebrating both.

Each year as the time for this celebration draws near, I am reminded that I must get myself ready to celebrate God's deliverance. In Exodus 12:14-15 it says, "This is a day you are to commemorate; for the generations to come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the LORD - a lasting ordinance. For seven
days you are to eat bread made without yeast. On the first day remove the yeast from your homes, for whoever eats anything with yeast in it from the first day throughout the seventh must be cut off from Israel."

In this passage, we see that God commands His people to remove all leaven from their homes and to refrain from eating anything with yeast during this celebration. Why would God ask His children to so this? In the Talmud (Barachot 17a) it says "... leaven represents the evil impulse of the heart." In the Jewish New Testament Commentary, David Stern quotes Mordell Klein who said, "Some Jewish thinkers see chametz, that which rises and becomes leaven, as symbolically representing those tendencies in a man which arouse him to evil. They see the whole process of searching for the chametz and eliminating it as a reminder to man that he should search through his deeds and purify his actions. Mere renunciation of the imperfect past, one's own chametz, is not sufficient, it must be destroyed. The pieces of chametz that are placed around the house before the ritual search should remind a person of the fact that there is not a person in the world who does only good and never sins [Ecclesiastes 7:20] (Mordell Klein, ed., Passover, Jerusalem: Keter Books, 1973, p. 38)."

God told His children they must remove all leaven from their homes. If they didn't they would be cut off from Israel. People who did not remove leaven from their homes would not be able to experience God's deliverance. Since leaven symbolizes the evil impulse or tendencies that lead us to sin we need to remove everything that could lead us to sin if we want to experience God's deliverance in our lives. The prophet Isaiah says, "But your iniquities have separated you from your God; (Isaiah 59:2)." God is holy and cannot have sin in His presence. When we sin, our sin separates us from God. Therefore, if we want to be delivered from being separated from God and come into His presence, we must remove the sin in our life, and the best thing to do is to remove it from the root. We need to remove the impulse or tendencies that cause us to sin.

When the people of Israel removed leaven from their homes, there was one other thing God commanded them to do. He commanded them to sacrifice a lamb. "Then Moses summoned all the elders of Israel and said to them, "Go at once and select the animals for your families and slaughter the Passover lamb. Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it into the blood in the basin and put some of the blood on the top and on both sides of the door frame. Not one of you shall go out the door of his house until morning. When the LORD goes through the land to strike down the Egyptians, He will see the blood on the top and sides of the door frame and will pass over that doorway, and He will not permit the destroyer to enter your houses and strike you down (Exodus 12:21-23)." On the first Passover when the Lord went through the land of Egypt He looked for the blood of the Passover Lamb. If there was blood on the door posts of a home, no destruction came upon anyone in that home; the people were delivered from death. But if there wasn't any blood, there was no deliverance, but destruction instead. As we saw in the Book of Isaiah, sin separates us from God. Throughout the Bible we see that God had His people offer an animal to be sacrificed for their sins. The people of Israel built altars or went to the Tabernacle or Temple with a sacrifice to receive cleansing from their sin. In the writings of the New Covenant it says about Messiah, "Behold, the lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world (John 1:29)." Messiah is our Passover lamb. When God sees Yeshua's (Jesus') blood which was shed for us. When God sees that we have come to Yeshua and accepted (or trusted in) His sacrificial death as payment for our sins. God then delivers us from the consequences of our sin (leaven), most importantly, separation from God.

Do you desire to be in the presence of God?
If so, remove the leaven from your life by trusting in Messiah, the lamb of God, whose blood was shed to take away all your sin.
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>Counting the Omer (for Shavuot)
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>A Local Congregation: An Extended Family
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