Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Why we do Spring Cleaning

It is the tradition of cleaning the house completely either before or during the spring.  Why do we do this?  I have often wondered why in the past?  I know I feel like this must get done.  Why?

While listening to the Benjamin Howling show on Prove All Things radio, I found out this goes back to the Hebrew tradition of preparing for Passover and the Feast of Unleavened bread.  Prior to these Holy Feast Days, Our Father had commanded that all leaven or yeast must be removed from the house.  This would include crumbs in the couch cushions and anywhere else.

So we remember the tradition of Spring Cleaning, we just forgot why we do this.

About the Christian Feast of Unleavened Breads…

Exodus 12:15-20 "Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall remove leaven out of your houses, for if anyone eats what is leavened, from the first day until the seventh day, that person shall be cut off from Israel.  On the first day you shall hold a holy assembly, and on the seventh day a holy assembly. No work shall be done on those days. But what everyone needs to eat, that alone may be prepared by you.  And you shall observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread, for on this very day I brought your hosts out of the land of Egypt. Therefore you shall observe this day, throughout your generations, as a statute forever.  In the first month, from the fourteenth day of the month at evening, you shall eat unleavened bread until the twenty- first day of the month at evening.  For seven days no leaven is to be found in your houses. If anyone eats what is leavened, that person will be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he is a sojourner or a native of the land.  You shall eat nothing leavened; in all your dwelling places you shall eat unleavened bread."

The Prophet Jeremiah stated that the law would be written in our hearts.  Our Father must have written in our hearts to prepare for the Feast of Unleavened Bread:

Jeremiah 31:33 "For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people."

 According to Wikipedia, the tradition seems to come from preparing for Passover and Unleavened Bread Feast Days.

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