The Tabernacle Times
April 2017 ......................... Nissan - Iyyar 5777 ......................... Volume 12 Issue 4

Passover~ Nothing Is Hidden

Angela Kunkel
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guest contributor Angela Kunkel
  "In every generation a person is obligated to view himself as if he personally had gone out from Egypt”

At the Passover Seder we recite these words from the Haggadah. Although we ourselves were not slaves, we are direct beneficiaries of the purpose of the Exodus. We are Ha Shem’s nation because of what occurred on that Passover night many years ago.

The many commandments and rituals of Passover are not simply commemorations of
and wickedness, but with unleavened bread--the matzah of sincerity and truth.” ~
1 Corinthians 5:6-8

Before Passover we take steps (kashering) to rid ourselves of chametz. This “ceremonial search” is called the Bedikat Chametz. This act is preformed by candlelight using a feather and a spoon. Every part of the house is searched. After the search, the chametz, feather and spoon are wrapped up and stored safely to be burned the following morning.

Just as Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 5:6 about that small amount of leaven, he wants us to understand that sin has leavening influence upon the soul. Hidden sin spreads like spiritual corruption. Yeshua tells us, “For nothing is hidden that will not become evident, nor secret that shall not be known and come into open view.” (Luke 8:17)

past events--they are overflowing with lessons that continue to guide us in our own lives.

Let us consider one of its central commandments--the prohibition of eating chametz (leaven). This prohibition is usually severe for it carries the penalty of Divine premature death.

“For seven days you are to eat matzah, but on the first day you are to remove chametz from your house, for whoever eats chametz from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel.” ~Exodus 12:15-18

Not only are we prohibited to eat chametz during Passover but we are forbidden even to have it in our possession. The tiniest crumb of chametz mixed into a large amount of non-chametz mixture on Passover, renders the entire mixture forbidden.

What is chametz? It is dough that has risen and become bloated and puffed up. Chametz is therefore a symbol of arrogance and haughtiness,
a corrupting influence, or hidden uncleanness that manipulates the pure. The Gemara in Sotah (5a) states that Ha Shem says of the arrogant person: “It is impossible for he and I to coexist in one world”. By telling us to disassociate completely from chametz on Passover, the Torah serves notice that to be a proper member of Ha Shem’s nation, one must divorce himself from arrogance.

Chametz is also identified by the sages as “spiritual leven” or “yetzer hora", the evil inclination that urges us toward sin. The yetzer hora seeks to confuse and mislead, it holds us back from doing what is right.

“Your boasting is no good. Don’t you know that a little chametz leavens the whole batch of dough. Get rid of the old chametz, so that you may be a new batch, just as you are unleavened--for Messiah, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed. Therefore let us celebrate the feast not with old chametz, the chametz of malice
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Ha Shem has declared us to be His chosen nation for all the world to see. On the 15th of Nissan, He removed us from slavery in Egypt and for that we are just as indebted to him as were our forefathers. On Passover we praise and thank Him for what we have received. We can pray the words of David as we search our own dwellings:

Search me, O God, and know my heart.

Examine me, and know my anxious thoughts,

And see if there be any offensive way within me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
~Psalm 139:23-24


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