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Jesus, the Bread of Life (Passoever

Posted by RuthAnn Nicholls , 22 April 2011 · 1124 views

The Jewish people for thousands of years have celebrated Passover and they never understood they were celebrating the Lord, his death and his resurrection.

I was reading over the Passover Seder that my dear brother Abraham provided for us. I have attended his Seders twice and I am always blessed with his words.

Observance of the Passover

The leaven is first removed from the house. Seems to me that leaven is always sin. As with the Lord's Supper, I ask the Lord to forgive my transgressions and turn from those sins before I eat.

Hands are washed...
The Seder is started with lighting of candles. “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”
(Psalms 119:105 NIV)

The 1st cup of wine is drank. The cup of sanctification. ““Therefore, say to the Israelites: ‘I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment.”
(Exodus 6:6 NIV)

The roasted shankbone is on the plate to remember the paschal lamb. The word for the shankbone is zeroa which means forearm. And all through scripture our Lord was the arm of God. He was God's love in action. Blessed Yeshua Massiach. Jesus.

The story of redemption is told. From God's choosing Abraham through to Moses and the people that would be holy.
Then the plagues...

Greens dipped in salt water are eaten. “Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it into the blood in the basin and put some of the blood on the top and on both sides of the doorframe. Not one of you shall go out the door of his house until morning.”
(Exodus 12:22 NIV) Interesting. Blood is made of salt water.

3 pieces of Matzah are eaten. The 2nd middle matzah is the Passover Lamb, important since the Temple destruction in 70AD ended the proper sacrifice of the Passover Lamb. The middle matzah is broken. Half of it is returned to the matzah holder that holds the 3. The other half is wrapped in linen and hidden, buried sometimes under a pillow. Seems to represent our Lord, half broken and buried, left from the Trinity.

Call to eat the Passover. "Let all who hunger come and eat!"

The 4 questions. Why is this night different from all other nights? We were slaves!
Why do we eat such unusual foods as Matzoh, the unleavened bread, and Maror, the bitter herbs?
Why do we dip green herbs in salt water?
Why do we open doors?
Why do we hide and then eat the Afikomen? (matzoh)

A little wine is poured out of the cup on the plate. The plagues. God's wrath on Egypt. God's wrath poured out on Yeshuah as he took our sins on him...
"Let us remember and never forget." “On that day tell your son, ‘I do this because of what the LORD did for me when I came out of Egypt.’”
(Exodus 13:8 NIV) 'This is my blood spilt..."

Amen and hallelujah! Read Psalms of Hallelujah, Psalms 113-118)
Read the Ten commandments. (Exodus 20:1-17)
God's redemption did not end with leading them out of Egypt. He brought the to Mt Sinai and gave them in place of Pharoah's laws that led to death, the Law of God which brings life and restores the soul.
And our saving God demands our obedience and discipleship.

Thankful prayer over the wine and bread. (Kiddish)

2nd cup of deliverance. We praise God for the deliverance of the people from the evil one, Pharoah. if God had not delivered the children of Israel from the evil one, our Messiah would not have come to Israel. We give great thanks to God for this deliverance.

The breaking of the bread. Small pieces of the bottom matzoh are given to everyone after the blessing, to eat.

Eating bitter herbs. Maror. (bitter) Take a piece of lettuce and fill it with horseradish. This is the bitter sandwich. Some dip it into the charoset to soften the effect. (mixture of nuts, apples representing the mortar Israel used to build for Pharoah). The horseradish brings tears. It brings remembrance of the affliction under Pharoah.

The Hillel (hallelujah) sandwich
. To represent eating the paschal lamb. Take one matzoh. place a little horseradish on one side and charoset on the other. Place another piece of matzoh on top. This is the Hillel sandwich. Eat beginning with the horseradish side and end with the charoset side. Go from the bitter taste of slavery to the sweet taste of redemption that is so sweet!
Note that the horseradish signifies the lamb. Yeshua. He ate of the bitter and brought us the sweet!
And we eat the Bread of Life.

The feast! Time to eat!

After the feast, one of the children has already found the lost matzoh.
Tzaful! (hidden) The found matzoh is broken into pieces so that everyone may have a piece of it.
Jesus, at the his supper, used the afkomen to represent his body that was broken for the world.
At Passover, this is recited: "Blessed are you Lord our God, King of the universe, who brings forth bread from the earth."
Jesus said he is the bread of life. And if anyone eats of this bread he will live forever.
Yeshua was born in the city of bread, placed in an eating trough, a manger. He was broken and given to us to eat so we might no longer be slaves, but free from sin and live with him forever.

Barukh attah Adonai eloneinu melekh ha-olam, ha-motzi lachem emet min ha-shamayim.
Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the universe, who brings forth True Bread from Heaven.

Blessings for after the meal, a long prayer that thanks God for his blessings to his people.
Then the prayer of yearning for the soon appearance of Messiah.

Then the 3rd cup. Redemption. “He said, “If you listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you.”
(Exodus 15:26 NIV)
The Cup of Redemption: The Cup of Blessing: With this cup Israel remembers their deliverance from 430 years of slavery, and their redemption from the plague of death by the blood of the first Passover Lamb. Does this strike a chord?

Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you.This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.I tell you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it anew with you in my Father’s kingdom.””
(Matthew 26:27–29 NIV)

Jesus said he wouldn't drink again (the 4th cup!) until he drinks it anew with the disciples in his Father's kingdom.

The 4th cup. The cup of Elijah.
There is an empty place at the table. It's for Elijah.
A child is asked to open the door to welcome Elijah. ““See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes.”
(Malachi 4:5 NIV)

Then a song is sung: Elijah the Prophet, Elijah the Tishibite, Elijah the Gileadite.
Speedily in our days will come to us the Messiah, the son of David.

The 4th cup is of restoration.
When all Israel will be saved it can be savored. It represents Exodus 6:6-7 when the Lord will acquire Israel as a nation.

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his steadfastness endures forever!
Hymns of thanksgiving are sung.

Nirtzah. Conclusion
Next year in Jerusalem!


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