Lessons from Deleavening

By Jon Bowles

10 April 2004

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There is something that God understands about us, which we really, we get to know about it as well (that God understands a great deal about us); and that is: We are very physical beings. We are very physical.

And, quite frankly, when you look at the two trees ... I always remember Mr. Armstrong being asked at one time, he was asked, "Well, were there two trees (literal trees) in the garden?" -- which was a Bible Study question that was sent up when I was at Bricket Wood one time. And he said, "Well, it says there were two trees. I suppose there's got to be two trees. But," he said, "you've got to understand the spiritual principles."

But the fact is there probably were two trees, literal trees and it doesn't matter what the trees were (whether they are apples, pears, apricots, or whatever). If He said, "This one will give you life, and this one will 'dying you shall die'" -- because God says it, that's the way it is. It doesn't matter what kind of tree it is. The fact that God has said it, that's what's going to happen if you partake of it. But there were two as far as we can tell, two literal trees there and [Adam and Eve] were given a physical exercise to do, or not to do; and they muffed it.

But you can see other areas as well. I mean, Abraham, he moved when ... I think he was around Beersheba down in the Philistine area, which was about 60 miles as the crow flies from Mt. Moriah; but on an ass it's about three day's journey by the time you go around all the various valleys and everything else and you get there. So for three days he would be going ahead to sacrifice his son, Isaac; and it was something physical he had to do, and God tested him in a physical way.

I mean one of the classic ones is Ezekiel. You know, lie on your side for 390 days; and then get over on the other side for 40 days. I don't think I could lie on my side for 390 days. I really can't imagine how on earth he even managed to do that. Did he have to tie him off for nighttime, or ... ? I mean, ask my wife. I toss and turn all night long. So how on earth he could stay on one side, I have no idea. But he stayed 390 days for Israel and 40 days for Judah -- laying siege to this tile, lying out in the middle of Jerusalem, to get a point across to people.

Yet you and I at the moment, every meal ... and I think it is better if we can actually partake of unleavened bread each meal. I'm not saying that we have to; but, certainly, daily I think we should be eating some unleavened bread -- just to remind us, because God understands we are physical beings; and we are supposed to eat that unleavened bread.

More than that, it's a good deal more than just a case of eating unleavened bread during the Days of Unleavened Bread. I mean God just could have said, "Okay, you basically cook unleavened bread; and you eat that for seven days." That's all He might have said, but He didn't. He said, "You deleaven your houses as well." And so, again, I've had comments from my left here [from Mrs. Bowles] who has said, "What has God got against women?" [laughs] I'm not going to answer that question. But it almost seems, as my wife was saying, that the wives really have got the lion share of this. Now, Mr. Munro has had to do all the deleavening on his own; and he'll probably vouch for the fact that it is a difficult job to go ahead and deleaven.

And I know one year while we were deleavening, and I had more deleavening to do than normal ... This year, fortunately, my wife has stepped in and done a good deal more than normal this time. She actually did the cars, which I normally do. But, no, while I was deleavening I took a little notebook with me; and I put notes down as to why. What is this teaching me? What can these things be teaching me as we go around hunting for crumbs? And the notes I put down, I boiled it all down to five points. Strange, actually. [laughs] I boiled it down to five points, and I thought I'd give you that today. Really they're five points as to learning from deleavening -- LEARNING FROM DELEAVENING, because now, while we're eating the unleavened bread, we need to look back and see the fact that we deleavened before coming into Unleavened Bread; and we need to learn certain lessons from deleavening.

THE PROBLEM OF CLUTTER (PLAY FROM 5:55)

So, let's have a look at this first point: the more cluttered things are (busy things are), the more difficult it is to get ourselves deleavened and get ourselves right in that regard. Turn over to Romans chapter 6. Notice it says in Romans 6, it says in verse 12:

Romans 6:12-16 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in the lusts thereof. (13) Neither yield you your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin: but yield yourselves to God, and those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. (14) For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the law, but under grace. (15) What then? Shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. (16) Know you not, that to whom you yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants you are to whom you obey; whether of sin to death, or of obedience to righteousness?

What are we obeying? What has rule over our life? Is it all the various physical clutter that we've got, all the physical things that we've got? I'm not just talking about clutter physically, because that is the physical thing that we learn. We're in amongst the clutter trying to find leaven and trying to deleaven the clutter; and we find that it's very, very difficult to do.

Now, if our minds and our lives are cluttered to such a degree, and we are overwhelmed by the physical things that we've got, and we haven't simplified our life ... Again, it's something that we need to be aware of: simplifying our life. So often we find we are just too fraught, too overwhelmed with all the physical things, to be able to concentrate on what is important. And this is something that deleavening should teach us.

As we deleaven and we find ourselves in amongst all the physical things (all the bits and pieces), I mean can you imagine if you go back in time to the time of Christ? Their houses, and their lives, and so on, were a good deal simpler. Now, okay, they had servants, they had slaves in a rich household. But they did not have manufacturing machinery that churns out various things, that is then going to be sold to a consumer, who's got to consume it and put it onto the shelf -- which is what our problem is.

We are absolutely surrounded by things, and we've got to have all these bits and pieces of gadgets and everything else. We then have to go out to work to earn the money to get them. We're being fed this lie by the advertising profession and this clutter, then, causes problems. In deleavening, this is something we should understand and we should be able to learn. The more cluttered and busy things are, that then the more difficult it is to actually deleaven.

If we get ourselves physically so tied up with so many physical things (physical pursuits, be it gym club and ballet school and all the various other things for the children; and the various rotary clubs some people have, and television, and videos, the latest DV games, you've got to have a decent computer -- all this kind of stuff), we can miss the point.

We can actually find our lives cluttered, and we do not get on our knees each day. We do not open the Bible and really meditate. We don't have the time to meditate because our lives are so cluttered. So these things, they do, they are something that we should look at and understand. I mean Christ Himself said, in John 8:34 {1} He said: "Whoever commits sin is a [slave] of sin." And there is a slavery involved, even in physical things.

I'm not saying that physical things are sin. They're not. It's good and right to have physical things and have physical wealth. There's no problem there, but we can get so overwhelmed by them. Turn over to Luke 16. If we go over to Luke 16 and, as I say, deleavening should teach us a bit about that, because [when] deleavening clutter you find you just can't. You find it very, very difficult. It takes a long time. It takes much, much more time to deleaven clutter.

Luke 16:10-12 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. (11) If therefore you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon [physical things], who will commit to your trust the true riches? (12) And if you have not been faithful in that which is another man's, who shall give you that which is your own?

He's looking forward into the future now and the kind of things that we've got to be faithful over today. We get our priorities sorted. And one of the things that we've ALL got ... I don't care how much money we've got, we've all got the exact same amount time. And how do we judge that, you know, how is our time? Is it cluttered? If our time is cluttered to such a degree that we don't put our priorities right, there again that is something deleavening teaches us -- because time is one of the resources that we are given. It says if you are not faithful in that which is least, if you are not faithful in what is another man's, who's going to give you that which is your own?

Luke 16:13 [No slave] No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and [physical riches].

You can't serve the two. That doesn't mean to say that you can't have them. But we've got to get our priorities sorted; and, if we are cluttered physically, ask ourselves "Why?" Have we got our priorities sorted? Is this causing the deleavening process SPIRITUALLY to be jeopardized? Do we have too many things on the go, too many irons in the fire?

This is what I have to ask myself. You know, have I got too many ... Why do I need all those magazines? Well, they keep sending them to me. Okay, but why do I keep the things? Why do I? I think, "I've got to read that;" so I'll put it to one side. Another one will come the next day. "I've got to read that article." So I put that to one side. And you've got these great big piles of magazines that you've never really read. (And my wife smiles benignly in the corner, because that, unfortunately, does happen.)

When I was in computers, when I was involved in computing full time, it was every single day the magazines would come; and they would all contain an article, which was interesting in some way. But never could I really get them all organized. It was just too much clutter, and it was therefore causing real problems and all of us have it to some degree or another.

Turn over to I Timothy chapter 6. In verse 6 it says:

I Timothy 6:6-8 Godliness with contentment is great gain [It's great profit.]. (7) For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. (8) And having food and raiment let us therewith be content.

Food and "covering" I think the actual word means. It means covering in the sense that you've got a house. You've got some roof over your head. You've got clothes on your back. You know, you've got the basics there.

I Timothy 6:9-10 But they that will be rich [In other words, it's not just a case of "will be rich." It's not the case of being rich. But they "will be rich." That they are driving themselves to be rich.] fall into [trial, or]temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. (10) For the love of money is [a]root of [all kinds of, or] all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

Now, I have seen that specifically take place within the Church in the past. People that have set their mind... You know, suddenly they go off and they perhaps become a salesman of some description; and they get involved with all this kind of selling techniques and the selling ideas, and they've got to kind of have all this kind of ego, basically, which is what is encouraged. And off they go, they go straight out of the Church; and I've seen that happen. And people, all of us, can do this to one degree or another.

It's a case of you look at all these various physical things making deleavening difficult; and the real question is, and it's a question we need to ask ourselves (and certainly these Days of Unleavened Bread are a time that we can do that): Do they make godly character difficult? Do they make getting rid of sin difficult? Have I gone off track in certain ways? The clutter, it can be a problem. So that's one area. That's one area we can look at.

CLEANLINESS AND DELEAVENING (PLAY FROM 15:43)

Another area is that, if we concentrate on being clean, deleavening almost does itself. If everything is clean, all you've got to check for really is the lumps of bread. You know, the bread on the shelf. Sweep that bread out, and then you're done, finished -- if everything was totally and completely spotless. I know that when you're looking at, it says, you know, "You therefore be holy, as your Father in heaven is holy." The word "holy" means "clean" in Greek. It is tied ... When you see "Holy Spirit," it means clean Spirit. It is the opposite of unclean spirit; and the two are opposite each other. So when we're looking on deleavening, we can concentrate on the loaves of bread. If we are clean, we can concentrate on the loaves of bread.

Obviously there's a great deal more to it than that, but turn over to Psalm 51. Here was David who, after sinning with Bathsheba, wrote this psalm; and he gives insight into the real heart and core of the problem.

Psalm 51:1-2 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your lovingkindness: according to the multitude of your tender mercies blot out my transgressions. (2) Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

It is a cleaning process. To deleaven spiritually is a cleaning process. That's why you need a clean Spirit, because the clean Spirit is used to wash away the sin. And the words from that same clean Spirit, which come out of this Book -- it's, again, the same principle is involved.

Psalm 51:6 Behold, you desire truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part you shall make me to know wisdom.

Deep down, right in the heart. If you've ever skinned and dressed an animal, the very last thing you get to is the heart. When you come in through and get rid of the guts and everything else, and you get finally to the lungs, and it's right in the center of the lungs, nestled there underneath. You know, above the diaphragm and coming up from the diaphragm, you get to the heart. That's why it's being used as the analogy -- at the very core of our mind, at the very heart. It says:

Psalm 51:6-10 You desire truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part you shall make me to know wisdom. (7) Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. (8) Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which you have broken may rejoice. (9) Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. (10) Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit [a right breath] within me.

And this is what David saw. It's a case of clean, getting himself clean and cleaning himself up. He recognized that the sin element and the cleanliness element -- there is a parallel there and God understands that, so He says, "Right, you go and deleaven." He gets the most ridiculous thing. I mean leaven. I mean, how ridiculous? It just seems a crazy little analogy, and yet it's only when you actually do it that you realize just how far and wide leaven gets.

Just before we actually start into the Days of Unleavened Bread, my wife tends to clean certain areas of the house. You know, it's almost like stickers go on the door: Proceed in this with a load of bread at your peril. (This kind of thing.) And this is the way it's done. So you are eating bread, and you are conscious about crumbs.

Have you ever noticed how many crumbs come off a piece of bread? I mean even sawing the thing, and the crumbs get stuck into the side. So you pick it up, and it kind of drips crumbs everywhere! Then you try and get some butter, and you smear it on. So you get a bit more butter and the crumbs go into the butter. Or you get jam, or you get honey, or peanut butter, or something like this; and the crumbs go into the peanut butter. And you're there fishing these crumbs out of the peanut butter, trying to cope with this. Again, it's a cleanliness kind of thing; and it's teaching us a lesson as we actually do that.

There were other things that happened in times gone by that were a kind of schoolmaster to lead them to Christ. In Numbers 19, there was a ... Well, you can see within the Old Testament ordinances (the washings and so on) there are principles being taught; and we should be able to look back. Not that we have to keep this now, because there's no temple for a start; so we can't keep it, but if you look back and just see how cleanliness was part of the system that God gave us, and back in Numbers 19:7 it says:

Numbers 19:7 Then the priest shall wash his clothes, and he shall bathe his flesh in water, and afterward he shall come into the camp, and the priest shall be unclean until the even.

Now this is to do with to the red heifer, I believe. Yes, it has to do with the red heifer. The red heifer ceremony was the basis of cleanliness within the temple; and you notice how much cleaning is done within this very ceremony itself. Notice in verse 8:

Numbers 19:8 And he that burns her shall wash his clothes in water, bathe his flesh in water, and shall be unclean until the even.

Now this paste that they made out of the ashes of the heifer, they then used in purification of everything. Again, this is why this red heifer down is Israel ... I don't know what the latest is on this. Has anybody heard the latest on this red heifer? They had some over in Texas, and they had one down in Israel; and I didn't hear what happened. Maybe they've gone ahead and sacrificed it and burned the ashes, or whatever; and maybe they have these ashes waiting now. I don't know. But they are looking for a red heifer that they can burn. They get the ashes for that. They make a paste of it, mix that paste with water, and sprinkle it on everything. That is the cleaning ceremony for the temple worship. So if they're going to have an altar, if they're going to have sacrifices, that's what they have to do first before they can start -- even cleaning the very people who are going to be constructing these kinds of things. And here we see:

Numbers 19:8 And he that burns her shall wash his clothes in water, bathe his flesh in water, and shall be unclean until the even.

Down in verse 10 it says:

Numbers 19:10 He that gathers the ashes of the heifer shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even: and it shall be unto the children of Israel, and unto the stranger that sojourns among them, for a statue forever.

Notice in verse 19, it says:

Numbers 19:19 And the clean person shall sprinkle upon the unclean on the third day, and on the seventh day: and on the seventh day he shall purify himself, and wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and shall be clean at even.

And this is to do with "he who touches the dead body of any man (in verse 11) shall be unclean seven days;" and this is the purification over in verse 19. And in verse 21:

Numbers 19:21 And it shall be a perpetual statute to them, that he that sprinkles the water of separation shall wash his clothes; and he that touches the water of separation shall be unclean until even.

So the ashes of a heifer were being used there; but notice how much washing was involved, how much of the cleanliness was involved within God's law, within the ancient rituals and ceremonies that were there. And quite frankly we know that when you get the cases of the Black Death, these cleanliness laws that the Jews had protected them an enormous amount.

I've got an article here called "The Killer Bug." I think this is to do with this necrotizing encephalitis, basically where the flesh decays and so on. But he's talking about cleanliness in this particular article, and he says about puerperal fever that killed many women after childbirth in Vienna in the 1850's that the mortality from this disease was so high that women begged not to be sent to hospital. Now that's 1850s. That's 150 years ago. Okay? In the last 150 years ... This is Vienna, which was the center of medicine and is to this day, but it was the center in the world for that time.

"The great physician, Semmelweis, correctly suggested [This was back in 1850.] that this was due to infection carried on the hands of doctors that went straight from conducting post mortems to delivering women of their babies. [They went from one, conducting post mortems. They didn't want to get dirty again, so kept the old clothes on, didn't wash their hands, and went and started delivering babies.] By introducing the novel practice of washing his hands, Semmelweis drastically reduced mortality. The idea was considered so ludicrous that he became the laughing stock; and, while emotionally disturbed, he ironically died of streptococcal septicemia."

So here was this man who got it right and completely was laughed to scorn, and that was 150 years ago.

This [other] paper, Thursday's Daily Telegraph, "Super Bug Victims Sue" -- it says:

"More than 170 people affected by the contagious hospital super bug MRSA are considering legal actions against the NHS trusts. These victims of the infection, which cannot be treated with strong common antibiotics, have already progressed in their cases in the hope of getting an apology and compensation. The bug (or methacillin-resistant streptococcus aureus) is cause by poor hygiene such as by medical staff not washing their hands between patients and dirty wards."

And that is today, right now. If you read some of this about MRSA, and say they are having an operation, and MRSA gets into the operation, they've got to open somebody up again and wash it out with antiseptic. That's the only thing they can do. They actually wash the wound, wash the actual operation, out again with antiseptic to kill the bugs that are in there; because there's no antibiotic that can effectively do it. It says:

"There are more than 5000 cases of MRSA a year in England and Wales [5,000] with an estimated 800 deaths [That's 16%. 16% of the cases that get it, die. That's in 2002.] ... and up from 51 in 1993."

So again it's the resistance that is the thing that's happening, and it's to do with cleanliness. As I say, if you concentrate on being clean, and if they in their hospital wards, they concentrate on being clean. They concentrate on dusting under the bed, and getting rid of the dust. They don't concentrate on the bug. It's the cleanliness. If they make sure they wash their hands, if they have certain procedures within there, physically they can get rid of the bug. They can't see the bug, but they can get rid of it.

In the same way, if you concentrate on being clean deleavening-wise, it almost does itself -- because, if you sweep the floor, you get the crumbs; and you don't have to go hunting for crumbs. It almost does itself.

And it is interesting, when we get on our knees and we say, "Our Father ... " -- that's the first thing we say -- we therefore get this link between ourselves as a son. And having said, "Our Father, which is in heaven, hallowed (which means clean, holy) is Your name." You're holy. I'm Your son. I've got to be holy too. I've got to be clean. And, if I'm not, there's something wrong. Every time we get on our knees -- the sample prayer, it begins with this. That's what should in fact ...

Remember what Mr. Armstrong said: When he used to get on his knees, and he used to praise God for about 10 minutes (just going through the way God is and rehearsing it in his mind); and he said that basically set him up for the prayer. And it fits right within that sample prayer. So we do need to think about that.

God is holy. God is clean. Are we? If we are, then fine. We can address Him as a Father. If we're not, then we'd better go to the sacrifice of Christ and get ourselves cleaned up before we start to address Him as "Our Father" -- so that we can be truly His son. If we are not truly His son, then what on earth are we doing here? We are wasting our time.

So cleanliness in the past has always been something which God has implemented to teach certain lessons. Turn over to II Corinthians 6.

II Corinthians 6:11-15 O you Corinthians, our mouth is open to you, our heart is enlarged. (12) You are not straitened [You are not distressed.] in us, but you are straitened [or distressed]in your own bowels. [He's talking about cramping their style. That's what he's talking about.] (13) Now for a recompense in the same, (I speak as unto my children), be you also enlarged. (14) Be you not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion has light with darkness? (15) And what concord has Christ with Belial?

You know ... Suppose you've got a table, and you've got a meal to eat (say, after the service today); and somebody gets a hand of crumbs and throws it across the entire table. Can you eat any of that food? You'd have a real hard job, because the crumbs would be everywhere.

We say, look, how can you mix what Christ is doing in each of our lives with something outside which is totally alien? Now, we've got friends in the world; but there's a limit, there's a barrier. You can go so far, and that's as far as you can go. And it says:

II Corinthians 6:15-16 [ ... ] He that believes with an infidel? (16) And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God; as God has said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

I've brought this out before about hymns that we sing in services. I mean, again, it's something that we ... Certainly Mr. Armstrong was moving in that direction to put as our hymns the psalms and have those sung within services. That's the direction he was going, in the things he said and the things he actually wrote.

II Corinthians 6:17-18 Wherefore come out from among them, and be you separate, says the Lord, and touch not the unclean; and I will receive you, (18) and will be a Father to you [Remember we talked about that sample prayer, when we get on our knees and say "Our Father, hallowed -- holy, clean -- is Your name." The inference is "I'll be a Father to you if you get yourself cleaned up in this way. Don't start mixing it all up, becoming Protestant again, or whatever], and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.

For us to be sons and daughters of God, we've got to have God's way, God's thinking. That's got to be in our mind (in our very heart, in our very being) so that we can apply that principle in every single case when we become those sons and daughters in the future -- as the teachers in the World Tomorrow. We've got to be learning that now. And it goes on, and it says:

II Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises [All these things. The fact that you are going to be My sons and daughters, looking at that future time when we are going to be utterly clean, administering God's ways utterly in this earth. It says "Having therefore these promises ... ], dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness [Remember holy means clean, saintly -- holiness, cleanliness.] in the fear of God.

This is why, because of the preceding verses that we just read. They all fit together. It all flows in together. As I say, one of the things that we can certainly learn from deleavening is that, if we concentrate on being clean, then the deleavening almost takes care of itself. It almost takes care of itself, and certainly that backs it up there.

LIGHT IS NECESSARY (PLAY FROM 33:31)

The third point that I put down as I was deleavening was the fact that, if you are going to really deleaven, you need light. You need light to deleaven.

I remember one time I went to deleaven the car, and it was getting dark. We didn't have an electricity point handy outside the house. My parents had one up at my mother's home. I drove up there, and it was starting to get dark. It was just kind of the dusk time. I had the vacuum cleaner, but I didn't have any light; and it was almost impossible. I couldn't see what I was doing. Here I was vacuuming, and I was hoping I was getting all the bits; but I couldn't really tell.

You need light to be able to see what you are doing; and, if you don't have light, how on earth can you tell whether in fact something is deleavened or not? You just know that you are kind of going through the motions, but you don't know whether it's actually happened or it hasn't.

Now, we are in II Corinthians. If you turn back a page or two, here's a section that I've read several times to do with the way of God. If we start reading, picking it up at that point in verse 6 of chapter 3 where it says:

II Corinthians 3:6 Who also has made us able [or qualified]ministers [or administrators] of the new [covenant]; not of the letter, but of the spirit ...

And Mr. Armstrong constantly stressed the principle. You've got to be able to apply the principle of God. If we can't apply that principle, we're not going to be fit for the Kingdom of God.

II Corinthians 3:6-7 ... not of the letter, but of the spirit [Not like a Pharisee, ticking off the list.]: for the letter kills, but the spirit gives life. (7) But if the ministration of death, written and engraved in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not steadfastly behold the face of Moses ...

An interesting point was brought out. We were discussing this, Adelle was discussing this just the other day; and you can actually read this section (It's not just the case that the law was written on stones.) it's the fact that their heart was stone. You know, if you try to inscribe on a stony heart, it's not going to work. You can't do that. So you can actually look at this way. It makes it quite interesting. I think it is actually bringing this kind of parallelism in this area. But it says:

II Corinthians 3:7-9 But if the ministration of death, written and engraved in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not steadfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away [Or it was fading from his face.]: (8) How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious? (9) For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more does the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.

And that's what we are all going for. We are all looking for the administration of righteousness, so that we can then administer righteousness in the World Tomorrow as teachers of God's way in every single circumstance. It doesn't matter what the circumstance is. In every circumstance!

If we've got a bunch of carnal people, the chances are we'll probably implement sacrifices. If they are totally carnal, if you are going into an area that is absolutely bound into heathenism, there's a good chance that's what will need to be implemented, because that's the way God did it in the past, but then they would need to be led across from that into a spiritual administration, which we have here and which we are under at the moment.

II Corinthians 3:10-14 For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excels. (11) For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remains is glorious. (12) Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech: (13) And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not steadfastly look to the end of that which [is being set to one side, as the Greek actually is.] (14) But their minds were blinded: for until this day remains the same vail ...

They couldn't see. They cannot see. Remember what I said: I was in the car at my mother's, trying to deleaven the car; and I could not see. Oh, I was going through the motions. I had the vacuum cleaner, and I was kind of putting it in the right area and hoping I was collecting up whatever was there, but I couldn't really see, and here these people were:

II Corinthians 3:14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remains the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.

In other words, when Christ and the full implementation of the administration of that Spirit is there, you can then see what the Old Testament is all about. You can then go back and read about the red heifer, and understand about cleaning, and about cleanliness, and about the fact that we get on our knees and we pray "Our Father, who is in heaven, hallowed [clean] is Your name." We've got to be clean. We've got to be clean spiritually, and cleaned up.

II Corinthians 3:15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.

That core of their mental being has got a vail on it. They can't see. The vail, if you remember, is something going across the eyes. The light is not getting through. They cannot discern what is going on.

II Corinthians 3:16-18 Nevertheless when it [that heart] shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away. [They then ... All right, we are then able to see. We are seeing what we are doing. We can comprehend, and the light there is being necessary to be able to see.] (17) Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. (18) But we all, with open face, beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

We are actually looking at the mirror, and we're seeing the reflection of Christ. The word "Christ" means "Anointed One." We see that reflection coming back, Christ in the flesh.

II Corinthians 4:1-2 Therefore seeing we have [this administration] this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; (2) But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the world of God deceitfully ...

So we don't go and try to twist the Word of God to our own advantage which, again, people that read these verses do exactly that. They say, "Oh, we've now got this New Covenant" and therefore sweep everything all away; and "We'll just do whatever we like." That's NOT the way it is! We do not handle the word of God deceitfully.

II Corinthians 4:2-4 ... but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. (3) But if our gospel be hid, it is hid from them that are lost: (4) In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine to them.

If you've got the gospel of Christ -- the good news of Christ, of that coming Kingdom where the administration of the Spirit is going to be administered across this earth -- suddenly you are able to see. It's like light illuminating. You know, which way do we go? Which path do we take? You take this Word, which is coming from that same Spirit; and it's applied.

II Corinthians 4:5-6 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. (6) For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined in our hearts [into the core of our being, into the very core of our being], to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ ...

So that we can then, we can see; and we then reflect that light as well. That light that is there enables us to see what's going on, and allows us to then reflect it (because we walk a certain way -- according to the will of God)

II Corinthians 4:7-9 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels [There's the problem.], that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. (8) We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair: (9) persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.

In other words, this is the reflection within our life. When people look at that life, they can see there's a difference. There's a certain difference there. But it's got to be light. If that light isn't there, then we've got some real problems. If our lives are completely out of control, for instance, then we've got to look at it. Is that light being reflected?

If we are, as it says here "troubled on every side," and completely out of our mind about the problems; "if we are perplexed" and haven't a clue what to do -- you see, that's not what it says. It says, we are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair" because that light shows us the path of our feet. We know which way to go. This Word gives us the way.

Christ is the living Word, and it's the living Word that's got to be applied. It's the principle of this Word that's got to be applied in our lives now, so that we can take that principle, we can apply it in the future (in the World Tomorrow) and be the teachers that God has. That's the reason for our calling! That's why we are here. That's why we've got Bibles on our laps.

You talk about being out of control: I remember reading one newspaper article about some person who decided to become a balloonist very cheaply. So he got a canister of helium. I think it was over in ... It's got to be in California this took place. I think it was San Diego even, or somewhere around in that area. But he got this canister of helium, and he got all these balloons; and he blew these balloons up and tied them all down. Then he tied them to a garden chair and tied the garden chair to the deck (or whatever it was). He got all these balloons up on these long kinds of rope or pieces of string, and he had this air gun.

He was sitting in this garden chair; and as he was undoing the knots to release this thing (and he's got it all calculated out), he happened to drop his air gun. And he went up, and he couldn't pop them to actually go down again. I think at about 10,000 feet they suddenly noticed him on radar. He got up to some phenomenal height! How he actually got down, I can't remember the rest of the story. I was trying to rack my brain. I think what happened is he got up, and they popped one by one, and then it lowered and automatically came down again.

You see, our lives can be out of control sometimes if we aren't careful about things. But we need light. We need to be able to see. It's not very wise to go up to 10,000 feet on a garden chair held up by helium balloons. Some of these things are quite easy to see but, you know, do I go ahead and eat a pork pie, or do I not? Okay, the animal's been kept in clean conditions or, as we were talking the other day, what's wrong with horse? What's wrong with horse? You know, horsemeat -- wonderful, looking at it humanly. But the Word of God discerns. We say: Do I eat it or don't I? No, I don't, if it's unclean. Yes, I do, if it's clean.

And there are so many things like that, where the Word of God -- which is our light, which gives us the light that we need -- allows us to deleaven spiritually. And the deleavening physically teaches us about this spiritual deleavening. It says, "Look, if we don't have any light there, then we've got some problems." To the law and to the testimony -- if they don't speak according to these words, it's because there's no light in it. And that is a problem. That is something that we will undoubtedly find, and we've got to make sure we remember that.

This is where our wisdom is coming from. Our wisdom -- the reason why we have stable marriages -- is because of the light of God's Word. If it weren't for God's Word, we wouldn't have stable marriages. The marriages are stable because of that -- that is, the application of that -- and if we ever get away from that, we're going to find we're going to have problems.

We are no different from any other human being. If we don't have the light to be able to see which choice we make on a daily basis ... It's not great huge choices. It's a case, do I answer back and give him as good as he got? Or her, as good as she got? How do I approach this? What does God's Word say? Do you get your own back? If you're offended in some way for something, do you therefore put something horrible in the mail, or whatever you might have to do?

These kinds of things are answered within God's Word. "Love your neighbor as yourself." And that includes your husband or your wife, the nearest neighbor we've got. So these things are the things that we need to understand and know.

Turn over to John chapter 1. The world reads these words in John 1 and throughout the book of John, and it spiritualizes the thing away and makes no sense whatsoever; and it's just the veil is still over the heart, just as the way they couldn't read the Old Testament. Oh, they read it; but the veil was still over the heart, so they couldn't understand it. There was no light there, because there was no Life in them. But here in John 1:4 it says:

John 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

Now here is the living Word. It was Somebody who gave these words originally. It was the God of the Old Testament who spoke these words, and who gave the words -- gave that Way, and understood the Spirit of the way of God, and this was the Being there now personified. He was there, and you could see that law in operation. And it says:

John 1:4-5 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. (5) And the light shines in darkness; and the darkness [couldn't grasp it].

It was in a carnal environment. He lived His life through a carnal environment. The only other person that was converted at that time was John the Baptist, and the indication is that Christ and John the Baptist didn't have an enormous amount to do with each other. They had a certain amount, but not an enormous amount.

John 1:6-9 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. [This is John the Baptist.](7) The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. (8) He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. (9) That was the true Light, which lights every man that comes into the world.

It is not just the Word of God. It is the living Word of God. It's the application of God's Word, using God's Spirit in a human life. That's what it's about. Do we reflect the way of God? Do we reflect that living Word ourselves?

John 1:10-13 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. (11) He came unto his own, and his own received him not. (12) But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: (13) Which were [begotten], not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

So we are begotten by God, if we accept that Word. It's the Word that, if you like, does in fact beget us and it goes on down in verse 18, and it says:

John 1:18 No man has seen God at any time: the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

In other words, you look at this example of the Christ; and you can see the Father. You can see here is a God in the flesh and it should be, if we get on our knees and we address God as "Father," then we should be that if somebody sees US they should be able to see God in the flesh -- because we are the sons of God. We are going to be God. We are begotten of God, and we should reflect that.

Now, that's a huge, tall order. That's why I say, "Hallowed be Your name" carries with it enormous repercussions. Enormous repercussions! And light, as it says here regarding Christ, it illuminates. It shows what God's Word is, what God's Word actually does when you apply it. In a human being, how is that Word applied? That's what it is all about.

Turn over to John chapter 8. In this same kind of theme, it says in verse 12:

John 8:12 Then spoke Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

In our life, if we follow the living Word -- and it is a living Word ... And this is the Word. It's no different from this at all, but it's got to live. It's got to be alive and, if we follow that, then it gives a light of life. We can see the various choices. The choices tend to be small. You don't come into huge choices each day. The choices are small. Do I go this way, or do I go that way?

Even with children, one of the secrets of child rearing that really helps parents is that, if you have a child that wants to do something, you just give him two other alternatives -- both of which you are quite happy to live with. You say, "Do you want to go that way or do you want to do this?" "I want a cream cake." "Okay. You've got a biscuit or you've got a jam donut. Which would you like?" "I'll have a jam donut." "All right, you can have a jam donut, but you don't get a cream cake." (That kind of thing.)

It is, it's a case of small choices. It's a case of choices in our life. We are presented with choices, and we've got to go this way or that way. It's applying God's Word in a living way that gives us the path of our life. That's what He's talking about in this particular area.

Turn over to John 12. Again, it gives light. It allows us to see where we are going.

John 12:44-45 Jesus cried and said, He that believes on me, believes not on me, but on him that sent me. [So again, you're looking to the Father.] (45) And he that sees me sees him that sent me.

Why? Because Christ and the Father are ... you're looking at two individuals going the same way. If the Father were there, actually walking on earth, you'd see exactly the same kind of thing. He'd be going in the same way.

John 12:46-48 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believes on me should not [stay]in darkness [because we can see where we are going, because we can see these choices than need to be made]. (47) And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. (48) He that rejects me, and receives not my words, has one that judges him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

It talks about the books being opened. In the last day, that's the judgment that will be made; and it's the same Word, the same words that we've been given; and it's a case as to whether we are going to walk in that way or not.

Okay, final scripture in this section. Turn over to Luke chapter 1. This is the prophecy that was given as far as John the Baptist was concerned.

Luke 1:79 To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.

You look in this world today. And it says:

Luke 1:76-77 And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Highest: for you shall go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways; (77) to give knowledge of salvation unto his people [and so on].

And the light ... [John the Baptist] wasn't the light. He wasn't the light of the world; but he prepared the way for that light, for that restitution of all things eventually. We're looking now at Mr. Armstrong coming -- restoring the government of God (which is the way of God) within the Church; applying this Word within the Church; looking forward to that light again within the future.

Luke 1:79 To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet in the way of peace.

It's the light that allows us to go and say, "Okay, of these two choices, which way is going to give us peace?" We should be able to see that.

ELIMINATING THE BAD (PLAY FROM 56:22)

Okay, let's have a look at another one. It says: Be prepared to throw out the good to eliminate the bad. That's something, again put down Matthew 5. If you turn back to Matthew chapter 5, as I said the classic one would be the toaster. There's nothing wrong with a toaster, but try to get every crumb out of it. I'm not saying that everybody's got to throw away their toasters. You do the best you can.

We've got an Aga.. The Aga weighs about half a ton. It's a cooker and in the back there's a gap. We do our level best to vacuum out of the back; but there's no light down the back that we can see. I could shine something down. We can't get our heads around to actually look at it. We've just got to push the vacuum cleaner along and do the best we can. We're not going to throw away the Aga every year. We're just not. Nevertheless, notice what it says here in Matthew 5:

Matthew 5:27 You have heard that it was said by them of old time, You shall not commit adultery: (28) But I say unto you, that whosoever looks on a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart. (29) And if your right eye offend you, pluck it out, and cast it from you: [Now notice the context of this.] for it is profitable for you that one of your members should perish, and not that your whole body should be cast into [gehenna]. (30) And if your right hand offend you, cut it off, and cast if from you: for it is profitable for you that one of your members should perish, and not that your whole body should be cast into [gehenna].

The context is to do with going ahead and looking on a woman to lust after her. If there's a real problem, there's a time to get rid of the television, or to get rid of the newspaper. You know, don't buy "The Sun". Turning on to page three is not something that you're going to go ahead and necessarily do. Why buy "The Sun"? Why buy "The Daily Sport" or whatever else it might be? Some of these newspapers are not 'news' papers. You know, they've got all kinds of stuff. We were talking about in Norway, how this stuff is openly displayed.

Again, I couldn't really understand this business about Janet Jackson over in the States. I couldn't understand why there was a big problem about it. In fact, I didn't understand it until just the other night when we were discussing it; and it was pointed out that you [in the States] don't get these things blatantly in front of you in the news agents. They're all tucked away in packages and things; whereas, over here in Europe, it's seen everywhere. But it says here, if you know a certain news agency is bad in that way, buy your newspapers somewhere else. "Cast it from you." This is what this verse is saying.

Sometimes you chuck out the good in order to eliminate the bad. This is even true in fellowshipping as well. In Matthew 18, again in verse 6 it says:

Matthew 18:6-8 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. (7) Woe unto the world because of offences! For it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence comes! (8) Wherefore if your hand or your foot offend you, cut them off, and cast them from you: It is better for you to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.

This is not talking about the same thing as what we just read over in Matthew 5. Matthew 5 is on a personal basis. Matthew 5 is dealing with the kind of news agent situation: That if you are going into a particular news agent to buy your papers and there's all these girly magazines all over the place, and you've got another one down the road that doesn't, go to the one down the road (because that fits in with what Matthew 5 says). Here it's talking about the Church. It's talking about members within the Church, and actually getting rid of and disfellowshipping certain people that were in the Church -- that are causing offence within the Church.

Matthew 18:9-10 If your eye offend you, pluck it out, and cast it from you: It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into [gehenna]fire. (10) Take heed that you despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, that in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.

Many times it was the senior people that were causing offenses, that were offending the little ones; and it was the senior ones that actually were the problems. It would be better to get rid of the senior ones, but it wasn't done. That's what this verse is actually telling us. It says: "Look, you chop them off. Get rid of them. Don't be afraid to do it." If the senior ones are causing offense, it's better to go into the Kingdom (and get the Church as a group into that Kingdom of God) without those particular high-fliers, or whatever else, than to cause offense of a little one. That's what this is applying to. So sometime you're going to throw out the good -- some great orator, some great speaker -- and get rid of them. That is what this verse is saying and it goes then down to where it says:

Matthew 18:15 If your brother shall trespass against you, go and tell him his fault ...

It gives the situation, the stages by which that must be done, and how it must be done, and then, at the end it says, "let him be unto you as a heathen man and a publican." So these are the stages by which this cutting off takes place.

If you turn over to I Timothy 6 we can see this as well, in this same context where you can have some very good friends. I know we had some excellent friends, which we had in the Church; and I would say they were the closest friends that we had in the Church, but we haven't communicated with them in I don't know how many years now? Ten? Twelve? Fifteen? I don't know how many years. They went off the rails; and, as I say, they were the closest friends we had in the Church at the time. They tried to communicate with us, but it would never work. It would never, ever work. We have nothing in common in that regard any more, and it just would not work. So, in I Timothy 6:3 it says:

I Timothy 6:3-5 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine [the teaching]which is according to godliness [We've got to become godly. We've got to be ready to administer the government of God, which is the way of God, in the future as teachers in that Kingdom.]; (4) He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words [And we've got them all over the place.], whereof comes envy, strife, railings, evil surmising, (5) perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness [In other words, we've got all these wonderful numbers of people.]: from such withdraw yourself [Get away!].

Unfortunately, these friendships that we have, sometimes we've just got to let them go. If we can salvage it, we've been given it in Matthew 18 how to salvage it; and we should try and do our level best to salvage it, but sometimes we've just got to let it go and let it pass. It's happened time and time again, until you get, quite frankly, sick of it but, unfortunately, that's the way we are instructed; and sometimes we've got to throw out the good to eliminate the bad.

I remember one time, one particular gentleman (who was in the Church) who had children watching television. I've given this example before. He thought, "Look, this is ridiculous." He'd tell them to switch it off, and five minutes later it would be back on again. These were teenagers. So he just grabbed the television, pulled it out the wall, went through the door which was right beside, and just beside the television was a window. So he just held it there, and let his hands go; and it smashed into a thousand pieces -- and end of problem. The problem was finished. Now, he got rid of the television as well, but sometimes you've got to throw out the good to eliminate the bad. It solved the problem! A few months later, they went ahead and they got a television set and when he said, "Switch the television off," it went off; and it stayed off. It worked.

How many packs of cards did we get rid of? We had an open fire; and the children would start playing cards, and an argument would break out. So we'd grab the cards and throw them in the fire, and it would work for some considerable length of time. (Television sets are one thing. Packs of cards, they're pretty cheap.) But it would work. It would stop the arguments. Then, we'd get another pack. Things would go on for a while, and then an argument. Grab the cards and throw them in the fire. We'd just keep doing that. It's amazing. Sometimes you've got to get rid of the good to eliminate the bad.

Alcoholism and pubs: you know, if you are alcoholic, you don't go ahead and fellowship or socialize in pubs. You stay away from that kind of stuff. There's nothing wrong with fellowshipping in a pub; but, if you are alcoholic, you've got problems.

A 100% PERFECT JOB IS IMPOSSIBLE (PLAY FROM 1:06:08)

Okay, final point: It's impossible to do a 100% perfect job. Exodus 23, I want you to notice what God says -- what Christ says -- in this verse here.

Exodus 23:18 You shall not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leavened bread [Notice what it says. So here is a sacrifice being given, and this sacrifice is being offered with certain bread. It was not to be leavened bread.]; neither shall the fat of my sacrifice remain until the morning.

He talks about the first of the firstfruits, but notice where it says the leavened bread was not to be offered with the sacrifice. Turn over to Leviticus 23. The one holy day that refers to us, I want you to notice what is being offered.

Leviticus 23:15-17 And you shall count unto you from the morrow after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven Sabbaths shall be complete: (16) even unto the morrow after the seventh Sabbath shall you number fifty days; and you shall offer a new meat offering [or food offering] unto the [Eternal]. (17) You shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals: they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baked with leaven: they are the firstfruits unto the [Eternal].

They symbolize ourselves. Now, how you actually divide it: why two loaves? Is it Old Testament and New Testament or is it something else? There are various ideas, but the only one I really remember at the present time is the Old Testament prophets and New Testament -- the rest of us, basically. But these two loaves were offered, and they were baked with leaven and it says you shouldn't go ahead and offer "with the blood of My sacrifice" anything that is leavened. This is separate. This is waved. And it says:

Leviticus 23:18-20 And you shall offer with the bread seven lambs without blemish of the first year, and one young bullock, and two rams: they shall be for a burnt offering unto the [Eternal],[So that was separate, but it was offered at the same time.]with their meat offering, and their drink offerings, even an offering made by fire, of sweet savor unto the [Eternal]. (19) Then you shall sacrifice one kid of the goats for a sin offering, and two lambs [and so on] ... (20) And the priest shall wave them with the bread of the firstfruits for a wave offering before the [Eternal], with the two lambs: they shall be holy to the [Eternal] for the priest.

But they were NOT to be burned. These were waved, but they were not burned. They were not offered with the actual sacrifice. They were waved with the sacrifice. The sacrifice then was offered with an offering, which was made of unleavened bread (because that depicted Christ). If we look over in Leviticus chapter 2, it makes it a bit clearer in this particular incident. It says in verse 1:

Leviticus 2:1 And when any will offer a meat offering [or food offering] unto the [Eternal], his offering shall be of fine flour; and he shall pour oil upon it, and put frankincense thereon.

Down in verse 8 it says:

Leviticus 2:8-11 And you shall bring the [food]offering that is made of these things unto the [Eternal]: and when it is presented unto the priest, he shall bring it unto the altar. (9) And the priest shall take from the [food]offering a memorial thereof, and shall burn it upon the altar [So this offering was to be burnt on the altar. This was to be burned now.]: it is an offering made by fire, of a sweet savor unto the [Eternal]. (10) And that which is left of the [food]offering shall be Aaron's and his son': it is a thing most holy of the offerings of the [Eternal] made by fire. [Notice where it says "made by fire."] (11) No [food]offering, which you shall bring unto the [Eternal], shall be made with leaven [You are not allowed to burn it.]: for you shall burn no leaven, nor any honey, in any offering of the [Eternal] made by fire.

That's why, if you go onto the COGIW web site, you'll find the unleavened bread recipe for Passover is different from the other unleavened bread recipes. You don't put sugar, you don't put honey, you don't put anything into that unleavened bread that you use on Passover. It's got to have salt. It has oil in it. It has flour. But that's it. That's the whole thing, and it comes from this. This is the reasoning behind it. And it says:

Leviticus 2:12 As for the oblation of the firstfruits, you shall offer them unto the [Eternal]; but they shall not be burnt on the altar for a sweet savor.

They were waved, and they depict us. We can't get rid of all leaven. We are leavened! When we go ahead and deleaven our homes, we do the best we possibly can; but we never get rid of everything, and we've got to understand that. The very symbolism within scripture shows us this.

Leviticus 2:13 And every oblation of your [food]offering shall you season with salt ...

So even though we are leavened, there's still got to be some bite there. It says there is salt and it says, "If the salt loses it's savour, what are you going to salt it with?" We're still going to go ahead and have a bite; and the bite is this Word of God, and the application of this Word of God, and standing up for the truth (and we've got to be able to do that), but, you know, we're not going to get rid of all leaven.

Leviticus 2:13 ... neither shall you [allow]the salt of the covenant of your God to be lacking from your [food] offering: with all your offerings you shall offer salt.

That includes the leavened bread as well, this leavened bread that was waved at that time. Okay, final scripture over in I John.

I John 1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

That's what we are aiming for. We are aiming for an unleavened state. We'll see that we can't achieve that unleavened state, but we are aiming for it. Deleavening teaches us the lessons in many regards.

I John 1:6-7 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness [In other words, if we habitually walk in a way that is totally wrong.], we lie, and do not the truth: (7) but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleans us from all sin.

We've got to be prepared to go to that sacrifice. Go before God, who is holy; and pray in that way -- that He is holy, but recognizing that we aren't, and we've got to get cleaned of all sin. That's what we do on a daily basis. We clean ourselves up, and we come before God in order to pray to Him.

I John 1:8-10 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. (9) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (10) If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

That Word -- that living Word that Christ was. He was the living Logos, the One that gave the Word. That living Word has got to be in us. That living Word, you know, the Days of Unleavened Bread teaches that. If you go over to chapter 3, notice what it says:

I John 3:1-2 Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knows us not, because it knew him not. (2) Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him: for we shall see him as he is.

We will actually achieve this unleavened state, but the lessons we learn physically in deleavening now, we should be applying spiritually; and we should be keeping them in mind through these Days of Unleavened Bread, and understanding what we did when we actually physically went and deleavened our homes.

John 3:3 And every man that has this hope in him purifies himself, even as he is pure.

He is unleavened; and we are deleavening, and we should be in that process. It's a daily thing, and the deleavening process should actually teach us this profound truth. I hope these points that I jotted down when I was deleavening will certainly make each and every one of us think and help us through these Days of Unleavened Bread and through the rest of our lives when we put these things into effect.


{1}**At 10:02 Mr. Bowles said John 7, but it is actually chapter 8