Lighting of the Candles and Blessing Baruch atah adoe-nye, eloe-haynu melech ha-olahm ah-share kidishanu bmitzvotov vitzivonu lhahd-lik nare shell Pasach.Blessed are you, O Lord ourGod, King of the universe,who sanctifies us by Yourcommandments and hasordained that we kindlethe festival lights.
The Four Cups of WineIn Exodus 6:7, God promised Israel: 1. I will bring you out from bondage… 2. I will deliver you… 3. I will redeem you… 4. Then I will take you for My people.
The First Cup: the Cup of Sanctification Blessed be the Lord our God, King ofthe Universe, Who has given usthe Passover feast to remind usthat He loves us and has calledus to be His own special people; apeople freed from the slavery ofsin through the Messiah, Jesus Christ.
Washing of the Hands The UrchatzThis is the washingof the hands, whichis done by the leaderof the Seder.
Dipping of the ParsleyEveryone dips the parsleyin salt water, recallingthe salt in the tears ofslavery and the bitter-ness of bondage aswe eat.
The Four Questions:Why is this nightdifferentfrom allothernights?
Why is this night different from all other nights? Answer: Once we were slaves of Pharaoh in Egypt but now we are free and we set aside this night each year to remember the great things God did for us. Jesus said in John 8:32: "Then you will know the truth, and the truth shall set you free." We were set free when we came into a personal relationship with Jesus the Messiah.
Question 1: On all other nightswe eat either bread ormatzah, but why, on thisnight, do we eat only matzah? Answer: Matzah reminds us of two things -- we were delivered from slavery in Egypt and we have a new life. Jesus brought new life to us.
Question 2: On all other nights weeat whatever kind of vegetableswe want, but why, on thisnight, do we eat only abitter one?Answer :We remember how bitter our ancestorsslavery was while they lived in Egypt.Jesus suffered bitterly on our behalf.
Question 3: On all other nightswe do not dip our vegetableseven once, but why, on thisnight, do we dip twice?Answer:We are reminded of tears and of amiraculous deliverance, as we justsaw portrayed with the parsley.The tears of Jesus and miraculousdeliverance from the dead.
Question 4: On all other nights weeat either sitting up straight orreclining, but why, on this night, dowe all recline?Answer:Before we were slaves, but now we are ableto recline to express the rest we enjoy as freepeople. This pillow represents our freedom.God, through Jesus, completed the work ofredemption in our lives by offering Him as ourSacrifice Lamb. He set us free from sin (oftenpictured in Scripture as the land of Egypt.)
The Second Cup: the Cup of Plagues BLOOD; FROGS; LICE; FLIES; CATTLE DISEASE; • BOILS; HAIL; LOCUSTS; DARKNESS; • SLAYING OF THE FIRST-BORNWe thank You, Father, for Yourmighty deliverance of Israel fromEgypt. We also are grateful for ourdeliverance through Jesus from theplague of sin. For we know that "…the wages of sin is death, but thegift of God is eternal life in ChristJesus our Lord" (Romans 6:23).
EATING OF THEBITTERHERBS EATING OF THE CHAROSETH
THE THIRD CUP: The Cup of RedemptionBlessed are You, O Lord ourGod, King of the Universe, whohas made fruit from the vine.Thank You, Jesus, for paying the price for our sins; You didfor us what we could not do forourselves.
THE FOURTH CUP: The Cup of PraisePsalm 118:1 -- Oh, give thanks to theLORD, for He is good! For Hismercy endures forever.Psalm 117 -- Praise the LORD,all you Gentiles! Laud Him, all youpeoples! For His merciful kindness isgreat toward us, and the truth ofthe LORD endures forever.Praise the LORD!
THE FOURTH CUP: The Cup of Praise Psalm 115:12-15 -- The LORD has been mindful of us; he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron. He will bless those who fear the LORD, both small and great. May the LORD give you increase more and more, you and your children. May you be blessed by the LORD, who made heaven and earth..
mylw#wryb h)bh hn#l L’shanah haba ah b’yerushalayim!Next year in Jerusalem!