Passover Seder 2009


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  • The night before God’s Spirit is to pass over the homes in Egypt; God gives very specific instructions to the Israelites on what to do e.g. roasting the lamb, eating with bitter herbs and bread w/o yeast. And says that it’s not just for tonight, but for ever, generations to come.
  • What developed over the years was a Seder which means order, because the specific order of service. Which is the way the Exodus Story has been told through the generations. The Haggadah is basically the program for the evening. The idea was to get all five senses and all the family members involved in the telling, with each member of the family holding a specific role.
  • Today we are able to celebrate the Passover but in it’s complete form with the knowledge of Jesus, his roles as the Pascal Lamb once and for all and as Moses did before, lead us out of exile, but this time a much bigger one; the exile from Eden. To restore what was lost in the beginning. The concept of suspended promises is what I want to focus on…
  • <1 st scripture> For over 400 years the Israelites were slaves in Egypt and then along comes Moses. Now again in exile from their promised land, this time in Babylon, they cling to the promise of returning to the promise land. <2 nd scripture> Once they are back in the land of their fore-fathers only a remnant of their once great glory, they hold to the promise of the Messiah. This promise was everything to them, it was the very basis of their social-economic thinking, it was the desire to regain what they had back in Solomon's day. Imagine getting a promise that your home will be worth 100x what it was purchased, but you have no idea when that time with come.
  • Jump forward 400 years after Nehemiah and Israelites return from the second exile and find themselves still clinging to an unfulfilled promise. Along comes Jesus; and what is his first miracle? He doesn't’ just turn the water into wine, but it’s the best wine of the evening and there’s a lot of it.
  • The candles represent the “presence of God”
  • Erik has broken this into sections of reading from a children’s Bible. Erik is typing this up and will be ready to be read.
  • Karpas is the word used to describe green herbs, parsley in this case. It is also used to describe “fine cloth” Joseph’s coat was of fine cloth and like the hyssop plant that was dipped in blood at the Passover to spread the blood onto the doorposts, so was Joseph’s coat dipped in blood, which some believe to have been the action that led to the slavery in Egypt. So the dipping of the Karpas here represents both betrayal and redemption. And it was most likely that it is this dipping that is referenced in Matt. 26:17 “He who dips his hand in the bowl with me will betray me”
  • Invitation Picture
  • Passover Seder 2009

    1. 1. The Passover Seder A Christian Perspective
    2. 2. The Passover <ul><li>“ This is a day you are to commemorate; for the generations to come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the LORD - a lasting ordinance.” (Exodus 12:14) </li></ul>
    3. 3. I. The Purpose <ul><li>Seder means “Order” </li></ul><ul><li>Haggadah means “Telling” </li></ul><ul><li>An elaborate teaching experience to allow everyone to take part in the story </li></ul>
    4. 4. Christian Seder <ul><li>Jesus as the Pascal Lamb </li></ul><ul><li>Jesus (Moses) leads us out of a New Exodus </li></ul><ul><li>To help us better understand the Suspended </li></ul><ul><li>Promises” </li></ul><ul><li>of the Old </li></ul><ul><li>Testament </li></ul>
    5. 5. Suspended Promises <ul><li>Isaiah 1:22 - Your silver has become dross, your choice wine is diluted with water. </li></ul><ul><li>Isaiah 25:6 - On this mountain the LORD Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine - the best of meats and the finest of wines. </li></ul>
    6. 6. The Wedding Banquet <ul><li>John 2:1-10 </li></ul><ul><li>Jesus’ first miracle; </li></ul><ul><li>He turns water </li></ul><ul><li>into wine! </li></ul><ul><li>Signifying that what </li></ul><ul><li>was lost is being </li></ul><ul><li>redeemed </li></ul>
    7. 7. The Last Supper <ul><li>Matthew 26:17-30 </li></ul><ul><li>  Jesus turns their Seder meal into a “new and lasting ordinance” about himself </li></ul>
    8. 8. II. Removal of the Chametz <ul><li>pronounced ka-mets . </li></ul><ul><li>Exodus 12:15-20 </li></ul>
    9. 9. 1 Corinthians 5:6-8 <ul><li>Don't you know that a little yeast works through the </li></ul><ul><li>whole batch of dough? Get rid of the old yeast that you </li></ul><ul><li>may be a new batch without yeast—as you really are. </li></ul><ul><li>For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. </li></ul><ul><li>Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the </li></ul><ul><li>old yeast, the yeast of </li></ul><ul><li>malice and wickedness, </li></ul><ul><li>but with bread without </li></ul><ul><li>yeast, the bread of </li></ul><ul><li>sincerity and truth. </li></ul>
    10. 10. Discussion: Yeast <ul><li>“ What lessons does God want us to learn from the Old Testament concept of yeast?” </li></ul>
    11. 11. III. Lighting of the Candles <ul><li>By day the LORD went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people. </li></ul><ul><li>- Exodus 13:21-22 </li></ul><ul><li>“ for our God is a consuming fire.“ </li></ul><ul><li>- Hebrews 12:29 </li></ul>
    12. 12. IV. The Telling of the Passover <ul><li>Reading of the </li></ul><ul><li>Exodus account </li></ul>
    13. 13. V. The Seder Plate <ul><li>Maror and Chazeret —These are the </li></ul><ul><li>bitter herbs symbolizing the bitter life </li></ul><ul><li>the Jews led in Egypt and around the </li></ul><ul><li>world. </li></ul><ul><li>Charoset —Derived from the Hebrew word from clay, it symbolizes the mortor mixed with clay. The sweetness of the honey and dried fruits in contrasting from the bitterness of slavery is also a symbol of hope. </li></ul><ul><li>Zeroa —A roasted bone, which symbolizes the lamb that was sacrificed as well as God’s arm that reached out to free His people. </li></ul>
    14. 14. <ul><li>Beitzah —The roasted egg </li></ul><ul><li>serves as a symbol of burnt </li></ul><ul><li>offerings that were made in </li></ul><ul><li>the Temple as well as a </li></ul><ul><li>reminder of the circle of life. </li></ul><ul><li>Karpas —Parsley represents the arrival of Spring. The greens are also dipped in salt water to represent the hyssop dipped for sprinkling on the door posts. </li></ul><ul><li>Salt Water —not part of the Seder plate, but kept on the table to represent the sweat and tears shed by the Hebrews. </li></ul>V. The Seder Plate
    15. 15. Luke 22:7-20 <ul><li>Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover </li></ul><ul><li>Lamb had to be sacrificed. Jesus sent Peter and John, </li></ul><ul><li>saying, &quot;Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.&quot;   </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Where do you want us to prepare for it?&quot; they asked. He replied, </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to </li></ul><ul><li>the house that he enters, and say to the owner of the house, 'The Teacher asks: </li></ul><ul><li>Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?' He will </li></ul><ul><li>show you a large upper room, all furnished. Make preparations there.“ They left </li></ul><ul><li>and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover. </li></ul><ul><li>When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. And he said to </li></ul><ul><li>them, &quot;I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I </li></ul><ul><li>tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.“ After </li></ul><ul><li>taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, &quot;Take this and divide it among you. For I </li></ul><ul><li>tell you I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God </li></ul><ul><li>comes.“ And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.&quot; In the same way, </li></ul><ul><li>after the supper he took the cup, saying, &quot;This cup is the new covenant in my </li></ul><ul><li>blood, which is poured out for you. </li></ul>
    16. 16. Discussion <ul><li>Which element </li></ul><ul><li>of the Seder </li></ul><ul><li>Plate is the most </li></ul><ul><li>meaningful for </li></ul><ul><li>you personally? </li></ul>
    17. 17. <ul><li>Performance: El-Shadai </li></ul><ul><li>Prayer for Bread (per table) </li></ul><ul><li>Prayer for Wine (per table) </li></ul>Communion
    18. 18. <ul><li>The Israelites did as Moses instructed and asked the Egyptians for articles of silver and gold and for clothing. The LORD had made the Egyptians favorably disposed toward the people, and they gave them what they asked for; so they plundered the Egyptians. </li></ul>Offering – Exodus 12:35-36
    19. 19. <ul><li>Observations based on today’s experience </li></ul>Reflections