Now the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying,
This month shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you.
LORD Jesus, we praise You for preparing the Way. Forgive us, O God we pray, whenever we seek any other way but the One that is perfect. Help us to stand in the ways and see, and let us ask which is the right way; and then let us trust You and walk in Your Way. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.
Today is the 10th of Nisan, 5781 in the Hebrew calendar, which means, ten days ago, on Saturday the 13th of March 2021, the Jews celebrated New Year. What follows after this first day of the year is a time of preparation. You can read more about how the Israelites were to prepare for the coming Passover (on the fourteenth day of the first month of the new year) in Exodus 12.
What follows the Passover is the Feast of the Unleavened Bread. I will mention and refer to this feast now and again this week.
Let’s get back to what follows* Nisan (the first month of the new year) in the Jewish home. It is during this time that the Jews are preparing and doing a major cleanup for Passover. In other words, this is their time for spring cleaning.
You can read all about the major cleaning process at Preparing for Passover — Getting your house ready (where you will also find out that the preparing often starts right after Purim which was on the 25th of February this year)
Many of us will also do a spring cleaning. First the clutter has to go. We replace old and broken items by new ones; unneeded things, including the ones that are in our way and hinder us, need our attention, too. After sorting through and organizing the home is ready to be cleaned.
What are some of the things and/or habits in your life that need to go?