One of my favorite movies is ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ a factual movie of the Jews life and tradition in the year 1905 located in the Ukrainian village of Anatevka. It was released in 1971 but I did not see it until 1980 on a VCR tape. It has appealed to me because of the simplicity of life, yet the complexity of living it! There are many scenes that grip my heart and I suppose that is the reason I have watched it so many times. One of those scenes has Motel the tailor with his family loaded up leaving their home because of persecution asking the question: ‘Wouldn’t this be a good time for Messiah to come?’
Another other scene I have always marveled at is Golda, Tevye’s wife cleaning and sweeping the empty house that they had stolen from them by the Russian government. The family is waiting for her to finish and she would not leave until the house was in order.
According to Exodus this scene has validity: Exodus 12:19 ‘Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses: for whosoever eateth that which is leavened, even that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a stranger, or born in the land.’ Although they were leaving Egypt forever, God commanded that their houses be clean of any leaven! That is anything that would grow on its own. Any sort of moisture with dirt can actually produce mold or mildew which is a form of leaven. The people of Israel were commanded to remove any sort of leaven from their homes before the Passover.
This is where we get the idea of spring cleaning: We should always keep our home clean of anything that shouldn’t be there, but once a year, in the spring, when the light is better and we take a fresh look at where we live, we should pay special attention to those hidden places that seem to grow things…hence spring cleaning! I found a great web page with some thought provoking pictures and a short video on how to clean out your dryer vent here: http://www.realtor.com/advice/home-improvement/household-items-never-clean-but-should/ Just copy and paste this in your browser and you will get some really good tips on spring cleaning!
Speaking of which: Saturday from 9:00 am to noon we will engage in some spring cleaning around the church and hope you will look in Todd’s article at the places you can help, bring your tools of expertise and come help us this Saturday! It is God’s House….yet we get to use it, why not come help clean it up with us?