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Report Date: May 2, 2010
Special Report: Celebrating Passover

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Its always good to remember what Yeshua has done for us all!


I came across this article from Koinonia House Inc. and thought I would pass it on to you. From a Jewish perspective the Passover is full of all kinds of imagery of Yeshua our Messiah. I have fond memories celebrating the Passover with my family and looking for the Matzo that my grandmother hid from us. I miss those times and look forward to the day that I will see my Messiah face to face, the One who redeemed me from Egypt (The World) and the jaws of sin and death. Amen!


How grateful I am that The Lord delivered us from our slavery in Egypt and preserved us all, these thousands of years and will continue to preserve us as move closer and closer to our final redemption on this earth. Come Lord Yeshua Come!


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"And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever. Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses…And in the first day there shall be an holy convocation, and in the seventh day there shall be an holy convocation to you; no manner of work shall be done in them…And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever."  - Exodus 12:14-17

The Passover week started this Monday at sunset as the 15th of Nisan began. Jewish families gathered to enjoy the Seder together in homes all across the world. The Passover Seder is not generally eaten in synagogues or public places, but remains a family-oriented meal eaten in remembrance of God's passing over the Hebrew dwellings when He slew all the firstborn children of Egypt. It celebrates the freeing the children of Israel from the slavery of Egypt.

In preparation for the Passover, Jewish homes have been thoroughly cleaned and counters have been scrubbed to make sure that no leaven, no chametz (like "humits" with a guttural Scottish "ch" as in loch) remains in the house. The children of Israel did not have time to wait for bread to rise before eating their meal, and they were ordered to eat, "with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD'S passover." (Exodus 12:11). Cleaning the leavening out of the home also represents cleaning pride (which puffs up) out of our hearts.

The Seder Plate:
The Passover is eaten on the evening of Nisan 15, and the Seder plate is the focus of the whole service:

Zeroth: a portion of the shank bone of a lamb to represent the paschal offering. Many Messianics do not include this because of Hebrews 10:9-14.
Haroseth or Charoses: a mixture of apples, almonds, raisins and cinnamon mixed with a little wine. This symbolizes the mortar used by the Israelites during the Egyptian bondage.
: either parsley, celery, lettuce, onion or potato, used to dip in the saltwater, a reminder of both the tears of hardship and slavery as well as the resolve and intense effort of the Jew.
Hazereth: the green top of a bitter herb. Symbolic of lowly origins, suffering, and resolve.
Baytzh: a hardboiled egg, which is the token for both grief over the destruction of the Temple and, at the same time, a symbol of the resurrection.

In addition to those mentioned above, more items are essential to the Passover Table: Unleavened Bread, Wine and the Haggadah.

The Unleavened Bread. These are flat, bland, cracker-like wafers, which are both striped and pierced (Isa 53:5; Zech 12:10). There are three matzos and usually are placed in what is called a Matzo Tash, a square white silk bag that is divided up into three compartments for the three matzo wafers.

Why three matzos? The Jewish tradition is that the three represent or symbolize unity. Here are some theories: The Unity of the Patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; The Unity of Worship: Priests, Levites, and the Congregation; The Unity of the Crowns: The crowns of Learning, Priesthood, and Kingship or another suggestion: The Unity of God: The Trinity-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Four Cups of Wine:
The Four Cups and their meanings are taken from Exodus 6:6-7:

Cup 1 - The Cup of Consecration: "I will take you out of Egypt." Simply put … God delivers, He alone intervenes! All the miracles and the plagues were part of the plan of God to deliver Israel from Egypt. In spite of their hardships, He was with them. The same is true today!
Cup 2 - The Cup of Deliverance: "I will take Egypt out of you." Becoming the people of God takes work! Knowing what the Lord requires and then becoming like Him, representing Him to the world around us.
Cup 3 - The Cup of Redemption: This is the cup that Yeshua used to memorialize His blood. Without this cup we cannot be completely transformed into His image! (1 Cor 11:24-26).
Cup 4 - I will take you to be My people: Yeshua is waiting for the marriage feast before He drinks from this cup (cf. Mishnah, Pesahim 7:13). Passover wine was red and mixed with warm water. Why? It reminded them of the blood of the Passover lamb: But when they came to Yeshua and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Yeshua's side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water (John 19:33-35).

The Haggadah:
The literal meaning is "telling" or "showing forth." It is the same root used in Exodus 13:8. The Haggadah not only tells us what to do at the Seder, but also when, how, and why. The modern Haggadah is based on ancient writings in the Mishnah and dates back to the second century.

How the Seder Begins:
The Haggadah book is opened and the Host reads from it. Everyone has a pillow in order to relax and to enjoy the celebration of their being freed from the bondage of slavery. The wife then has the honor of lighting the white Passover candles and saying a blessing:

"Blessed art Thou, O LORD our God, King of the Universe, who sanctifies us by Thy commandment and commands us to light the lights of the Passover."

Two cups at the table are usually larger and more elaborate than the others. This night they are silver (remember that silver symbolizes blood and, thus, redemption). One sits at the head of the table, the other at a prominent spot before an empty chair. It awaits the lips of Elijah. The Prophet is the invited guest to every Seder and who, according to Malachi, is to announce the coming of the Messiah.

The Breaking of the Matzo:
Early in the Seder, the Host takes the middle matzo and breaks it in two, leaving one half in the middle and puts the other half under the cloth for the "afikomen." It is always wrapped in linen and hidden in a dark place.

The Four Sons:

The Wise, Wicked, Simple, and Foolish Sons each play a part in the Seder meal by asking questions and getting instruction from the Host.

It's Personal:
In every generation each individual is bound to regard himself as if he had gone personally forth from Egypt. As it is said, "And you shall relate to your son on that day saying, this is on account of what the Eternal did for me, when I went forth from Egypt. Thus it was not our ancestors alone, whom the most Holy, blessed be He, then Redeemed, but us also did He redeem with them. As it is said, He brought us forth from thence in order to bring us in, that He might give us the Land He swore to our ancestors."

What has God done for you? Remember one of your weapons in witnessing is your testimony-your story! In general people don't want to be preached to but they love to hear stories... " Let me tell you what Yeshua has done for me …"

Yeshua is The Lamb of God, The Middle Matzo, The Afikomen, and The Third Cup of Wine. The only Greek word in the Haggadah is "afikomen" and its literal meaning is "He Came!"

John 14:27; Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Romans 10:8-11: "The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart," that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is LORD," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, "Anyone who trusts in Him will never be put to shame." (NIV)

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