The Days of Unleavened Bread present an essential spiritual metaphor, comparing the leaven in our homes to the sin in our lives. 1 Corinthians 5:8 explains that the leaven we are putting out is evil, or sin, and the unleavened bread we eat each day during the feast represents truth, or the Word of God. John 1:1 tells us that Christ is the Word. Staying true to the analogy, Christ commands us to eat of His flesh at the Passover. God has provided physical reminders, metaphors, for us so that we, as physical beings, can understand Him even more deeply.
In cleaning for the Holy Days this year, trying to rid every crevice of crumbs, a new thought struck me. Many of the little particles I cleared were simply foreign objects. I didn’t know if they were leaven or not. In fact, probably most of them were just dust, or crumbs from something without leavening, or an ant. But I didn’t know, it could have been leaven, and I wanted to be as thorough as possible. Also, the questionable item wasn’t doing me any good, and in fact caused me a tiny bit of stress by its being there.
Spiritually, it’s not about determining whether every action, decision, thought, or emotion is sin. It’s about clearing away the debris and creating a whole new self. It’s about becoming like God. And I think sometimes this means doing more than simply avoiding all the leavened crumbs. It means digging deep, throwing out all the questionable particles, and filling a room with light.