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A in depth study piece from the Editor’s desk

April 2014

Has everyone gotten their spring cleaning check lists?


As I was cleaning a spill in our refrigerator, the idea popped into my head to write something about Spring cleaning and the real meaning of what so many of us quietly celebrate this time of year. It occurred to me that some readers may not realize the religious meaning behind the tradition so to the laptop I went to search the words “Spring cleaning”. At first I figured I would find an entry from Wikipedia. That’s usually the first place I go to get a summary of what the current academia has already gathered. It’s a pretty decent starting point, however; this time for this subject I found Spring cleaning check lists of various styles, layouts and colors and from all kinds of homemaking Gurus. Yes, Martha Stewart has one. It can be found at http://www.marthastewart.com/267295/spring-cleaning-checklist. Go to the Celebrate Parties & Holidays tab to view Martha’s beautiful suggestions. At the end, in the comments section, I noticed yet another link, http://www.miniclean.com.au/, which led to an even cleaner greener alternative.


What started with the use of something familiar, a symbol pointing the Hebrews to a deeper meaning of Scriptural truths which quite effectively would lead to a deeper understanding of our Lord’s heart for his people. Passover is a celebration symbolizing deliverance. It is connected to the ridding of yeast which symbolizes sin. In cleaning, all yeast is cleared from the homes of believers symbolizing repentance. After the cleansing comes deliverance. Passover – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, Exodus 12 NIV


Something as simple and as familiar to us as washing, organizing and cleaning would be exactly the kind of thing that God would use to illustrate a truth to us. In the book The Shakable Truth, Josh McDowell and son and coauthor, Sean, shed some light a small detail we often overlook about our way of learning. An element of the Hebrew or Middle Eastern learning tradition, Josh McDowell shares, is that the teaching methods used are routine, familiar, representative expressions which are shared and passed down from parent to child in an intimate home and loving community experience.


“The early church provides the ideal model for how the relational truth of God imparted so effectively to others, Christianity was birthed from Judaism. Jesus’ immediate followers were Jewish men and women who had been raised in a Hebraic model of education in North America including that of most churches and Christian schools, employs a form of teaching based on a Hellenistic model. Greeks shaped much of how we think today about education and disseminating information. Essentially, this Hellenistic approach is to present a student with rational and logical constructs of information that he or she is required to absorb intellectually. To determine if the subject matter has in fact been absorbed, students are asked to regurgitate the information back to the teacher. This is called testing. If the student can accurately repeat the information, he or she passes the course, and the pupil is said to have been ‘taught.’


“The Hebraic model of education is quite different. The goal of this model is not mere memorization of repeatable facts; the goal is for the truth to become one with the pupil to the point that it is lived out. Under this approach truth is to be learned by practicing it in relationship with others. This means we have not necessarily ‘learned’ a truth simply because we can repeat it to a mentor. We have merely lodged it in our mind. It is learned only when it is reflected in our lives in relationship to God, to others, or to our environment. In this educational model, the testing is in living out what we learn relationally. The question isn’t whether we have the information correctly stuffed into our heads, but rather how the truth has transformed our attitude and behavior.


“If we see Christianity simply as a worldview to be discussed, debated, and proven on a rational and transformational basis, we will undoubtedly not see Christianity as God intended. Nor will we be passing on the faith effectively to the next generation.”Christianbook.com: The Unshakable Truth: Josh McDowell, Sean McDowell: 9780736928786

Picture above from:http://www.marthastewart.com/968914/kosher-passover-recipes/@center/307033/spring-holidays#314495