As I was reading the Parsha “Tazria” (Torah portion Leviticus 12:1-13:59) for this week from a website Naaleh.com.
“In Tehilim (Hebrew for Psalms), King David asks Hashem, “Create for me a pure heart and renew within me a proper spirit.” (Psalms 51:10) The first step is to purify our hearts from all the accumulated blockages and impurities. Only then can we merit a proper spirit.”*1
If we were to take a trip in a helicoptor far above some of our busy highways in a large metropolis city that often make up of so many cities in our nation during specific times of the day referred to as “rush hour” we would see most times a parking lot of cars, buses and other vehicles backed up for miles. And if you were to look even further out away from the over passes, and intersections the traffic most doubtedly would be flowing a little easier, until they would reach these higher levels of traffic lanes and once again you would see the incandescent red tail lights or many miles. Some places have toll roads, or high capacity lanes which also end up being quite busy with more traffic. I’ve often thought of this as a “snap shot” of our arteries in our physical bodies.
Okay so its a bit unorthodox way of looking at life at times, but I do work in the medical field and its a occupational hazard. But the point that I am making here is from the quote earlier regarding “unclogging” the blockage that prevents us from a true relationship with HaShem. It is about the heart. A surgeon would either give medication to unblock a clogged artery that is causing the angina pain or heart attack, or if more serious do a angiocath surgery. A plumber would take a tool called a rooter or arm and go into the pipes to find whatever is preventing the flow of water down a drain. It just all depends on how much hardness there is as we take inventory of our own hearts health.
With Passover fast approaching and many who are practicing this Holy biblical feast with the many seders in homes or synagogues and congregations, we will be doing some very serious cleaning of all the Chametz (leaven) within our homes before this day. It is also a time to reflect on the children of Israel as they placed unblemished lambs blood over their doors in obedience. And telling how they passed through the waters of the Red Sea and going through the dessert for 40 years to Mount Sinai to receive a covenant and a betrothal to HaShem. Passing through those waters (mikvah) being renewed, reborn as a nation from a land of bondage and moving forward though enduring years of tests, failures, and triumphs, yet a generation entered into a land promised to Abraham and his children from the very beginning. This story is for many of us as we prepare for Passover. As we tell it, hear it or read about it, I reflect on how Yeshua (Jesus) also came to redeem, restore, and renew the covenant with us as HE was the Passover Lamb.
In order to open the spiritual clogs it is better to truly “widen our view” of where we are respectively to this time of year and clear out the leaven.
“And be renewed in the spirit of your mind. And that ye put on the new man, which after Elohim is created in righteousness and true holiness.” Ephesians 4:23-24