This drawing is a combination of several things.
The first being the Feast of Unleavened Bread in Exodus 12: 17-20
17 “Celebrate the Festival of Unleavened Bread, because it was on this very day that I brought your divisions out of Egypt. Celebrate this day as a lasting ordinance for the generations to come. 18 In the first month you are to eat bread made without yeast, from the evening of the fourteenth day until the evening of the twenty-first day. 19 For seven days no yeast is to be found in your houses. And anyone, whether foreigner or native-born, who eats anything with yeast in it must be cut off from the community of Israel. 20 Eat nothing made with yeast. Wherever you live, you must eat unleavened bread.”
There is a tradition where the mother hides 10 pieces of leavened (yeast) bread in the house. The father gathers the children who are “armed” with a lit candle, wooden spoon, a dove feather, and piece of linen cloth and they go and find the leavened bread. The leavened bread represents sin and what they are doing is ridding their home of sin. The house is dark and the candle it lit and they set off to find the “sin.” When they find it, they scoop the bread up with the wooden spoon, never touching it. The feather is used to brush the bread into the spoon and then the spoon deposits the bread into the linen cloth. Once all the pieces are found the father throws the bread (sin) out the front door of the house. On Sunday he takes the now dirty linen cloth to the synagogue to be burned. Sin is no longer in the home and it is cleansed.
The spoon represents the cross, the feather is that of a dove-Holy Spirit, the lit candle is Christ, the bread is sin, and the cloth is the vehicle that removes the sin from the home.
I just love this story and tradition because it speaks to me of how we are to search out our own sin. It takes the magnificent light of Christ to help us see the sin and then we are to confess, repent and leave our sins at the foot of the cross. Never to touch them again. We can’t do this alone- we need help.
In the drawing you see a spoon resting inside a feather. The spoon holds the ashes of sin. Behind the feather is a lit candle. But there are also 5 other candles with little or no candle left and no light. There are two more that you can’t see. This is the lampstand from Revelation 1. The 7 churches. The middle candle is the Christ candle. It is the only one that is lit. In this drawing this signifies the dying of the churches across the world. Churches are closing, people are doing “ their own thing” , there is great conflict inside the church and the lights of the church are being snuffed out. Why? Because sin remains in the world and people have lost their focus. If we aren’t careful the last light will be snuffed out too. Time is of the essence. There is still time to confess, repent and commit your life to Christ. Don’t wait.
In the upper left corner is the cross of Christ. It is dressed with the linen cloth. You see ashes floating from the cloth to the flame on the candle. These are the sins being burned. What is left behind? The marvelous Light of Christ.
We MUST remove the sin from our lives in order to move forward with God’s plan and purpose. What is that? That all may know Him. The last thing is the dove- it is circling the dark earth leaving behind the power of the Holy Spirit.
The world is dark folks. The older I get the darker it seems. You and I are called to be the light of Christ to the dark and hurting world. But we can’t do this when sin stands between us and the light. The only thing that can remove your sin is your willingness to give it up and the power of God. Jesus Christ came so that we may have life- an abundant life in Him and with Him.
Will you be like the children in the story and search out your sin, sweep it up and get rid of it?
May God pierce your heart to do just that.
4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.[a] 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.