These kids…the friends of my stepsons – we just lost another this weekend to suicide. Handsome young man, father to an adorable son. Someone we don’t know called us Saturday night asking if we had seen him. No, but we passed the word around to be on the lookout. They found him yesterday – hung himself. Of course the youngest stepson has been looking for work – just landed a job – supposed to start this morning and do I see him losing his job before it has begun because he is devastated by this news? ….Yes, yes I do.
Hard times abound.
Everyone has a piece of scripture that speaks to their heart intimately – Mine is Micah 6:6-9 I have it carved in cement where we have our Sukkah in the fall.
With what shall I come before the LORD,
And bow myself before the High God?
Shall I come before Him with burnt offerings,
With calves a year old?
Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams,
Ten thousand rivers of oil?
Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression,
The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the LORD require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God?
This little bit is also mentioned in the seven woes to the Scribes and Pharisees in Matt 23 –
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.
I was looking back over my files and thinking about the great spring cleaning and the removal of the leavening bit.
Fact Folks: I believe the WORD is true – but I also feel the NEED to internalize the essence, the meaning, to own the ceremony. And sweeping bread crumbs from under the fridge is a tradition that holds little meaning for me – though my husband is quite delighted at the whole prospect…
We know that the leavening represents sin and pride.
1 Corinthians 8(CJB)
Now about food sacrificed to idols: we know that, as you say, “We all have knowledge.” Yes, that is so, but “knowledge” puffs a person up with pride; whereas love builds up. The person who thinks he “knows” something doesn’t yet know in the way he ought to know. However, if someone loves God, God knows him.
This is one of those verses that I know I know I know….and knowing that you know is the real problem here. It is so easy for me to look down on those who don’t agree, or understand, or have not woken up yet. Trust me folks there are many many layers to waking up. How many times have you woken from a dream in your sleep and then realized you were actually still dreaming? One day you will “wake up” from this mess and quite likely walk right into another. It is called growing. Every stage of the game has a new challenge.
I try to remember to love mercy – and share it abundantly – so that when I need it someone has a bit to spare for me.
Back to the topic of Leavening – this little story from our dear friends in the book of Matthew 16:5-12:
When the disciples reached the other side, they had forgotten to bring any bread. Jesus said to them, “Watch and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” And they began discussing it among themselves, saying, “We brought no bread.” But Jesus, aware of this, said, “O you of little faith, why are you discussing among yourselves the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive? Do you not remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many baskets you gathered? Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many baskets you gathered? How is it that you fail to understand that I did not speak about bread? Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” Then they understood that he did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
A note on names here guys – yeah I know some Hebrew – I know I am reading an English (and likely poor) translation. I can go dig up the CJB version – but it doesn’t make it any more clear to the reader in my opinion – but just for those that enjoy it here ya go:
The talmidim, in crossing to the other side of the lake, had forgotten to bring any bread.
So when Yeshua said to them, “Watch out! Guard yourselves against the hametz of the P’rushim and Tz’dukim,” they thought he said it because they hadn’t brought bread.
But Yeshua, aware of this, said, “Such little trust you have! Why are you talking with each other about not having bread? Don’t you understand yet? Don’t you remember the five loaves of the five thousand and how many baskets you filled? Or the seven loaves of the four thousand and how many baskets you filled? How can you possibly think I was talking to you about bread? Guard yourselves from the hametz of the P’rushim and Tz’dukim!”
Then they understood — they were to guard themselves not from yeast for bread but from the teaching of the P’rushim and Tz’dukim.
I love this – it reminded of the dream I had where Yeshua was sitting in a chair on the landing of a stair case and after telling his followers something they all agreed with Him but then moved two feet away and started arguing about how to do what He said. I thought it was so funny. He is RIGHT there guys! He can HEAR you! Just ASK for clarification! But they were so afraid of looking stupid…sigh…aren’t we all?
Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened… Let us therefore celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
Here is how we clean the crumb from under the fridge folks – We don’t know anything. Disarm your pride, dig out some mercy and love, Love your Abba, Your Moshiach, Your Brother, Your Sister, Your Family, Your Enemies, Your Neighbor and Love the Strangers – love everyone you can – as much as you can – the best you are able.
The accomplishing of the goal of all things is close at hand. Therefore, keep alert and self-controlled, so that you can pray. More than anything, keep loving each other actively; because love covers many sins. Welcome one another into your homes without grumbling. As each one has received some spiritual gift, he should use it to serve others, like good managers of God’s many-sided grace — if someone speaks, let him speak God’s words; if someone serves, let him do so out of strength that God supplies; so that in everything God may be glorified through Yeshua the Messiah — to him be glory and power forever and ever. Amen.
There will be no extra credit or make up points awarded at the end of the term.
~ Everybody knows – the more you know you know, the less you know you know ~