21 April 2011

Passover Seder

Chase and I hosted a Passover Seder today. This is a Jewish tradition meant to celebrate Passover and teach children about the Lord and the great things He has done. Each year Jewish families spend the week before this cleaning and removing all the yeast (a symbol of sin) products from their homes. For Christians, this is a time to remove the "leaven" from your life - confess and repent.

7 Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. 8 Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old bread leavened with malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. (1 Corinthians 5:7-8, New International Version, ©2011)

What's the leaven in my life now? I'd have to say it's a bad attitude (which is really a lack of faith in God's goodness). So some cleaning of the leaven needs to occur in that area of my life now.

Jesus celebrated this meal with His disciples. So tonight we too ate the matzah (unleavened bread - 3 for each figure of the Godhead), karpas (parsley dipped in salt water - the tears of the Israelite slaves in Egypt and the drowning of the Egyptians), maror ( the bitter herb - bitter life of the Israelites in Egypt), Kharoset (sweet apple-honey-nut mixture - remember the sweetness of the hope of redemption), and the 4 cups of wine (or grapejuice). Hopefully we were all reminded of the Lord's great kindness through his sacrifice on the cross, and inspired to remove the leaven from our lives!

Love and Peace, y'all

1 comment:

Becca said...

We wanted to do something like that this year. Hopefully next year we'll be able to do it, and I hope our kids will be able to understand all the symbolism.

We have been trying to make this Easter season about Christ and keep all the candy and commercialism out of Easter. It's been hard, but totally worth it. I don't even think my kids know who the Easter bunny is :)

Blessings to you and yours. I hope your Texas adventure was ... just that! :)