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THE PASSOVER – PART 4 OF 7

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THE PASSOVER – PART 4 OF 7

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This is Part 4 of a seven (7) part series to help you understand the Biblical roots of the Passover. Also, to help you understand WHY and HOW the Passover being celebrated today is different from that given to Moses in the instructions by God in Exodus Chapter 12. HOW did the changes come about and WHY? You will have a deeper understanding and love for your LORD after this study!


THE PASSOVER – PART 4 OF 7

On the Passover table we find a number of interesting things, the meaning of which I will explain as we go along. There are dishes of grated apple, bitter herbs, unleavened bread, salty water, and an egg.

The grated apple turns its color into red representing the clay that the Israelites used to make bricks in Egypt. The bitter herbs are to remind them of the bitterness suffered as slaves under Pharaoh. (Jewish people usually make a mixture of bitter herbs into a paste and make little sandwiches for everyone to eat, including the little children, to impress upon them the bitterness they suffered in Egypt.

The unleavened bread is to remind them of the haste with which they had to depart from the land of slavery. The dish of salty water, in which the sop is dipped, represents the tears shed in Egypt, and also the Red Sea. This is also called the dish of reconciliation, or forgiveness. This dish was given by our Lord first to Judas (who was betrayed him) for Jesus was still willing and ready to forgive if Judas would have turned from his evil.

The egg is a “type” or picture of the grave and resurrection. Looking upon this egg the Jews are reminded that we are mortal and will someday be placed in the grave; but because there is life in the egg, they have hope of resurrection from the grave.

Everything on the table has a double meaning. Firstly, it points back to Egypt, to the deliverance of the forefathers from the land of bondage. Secondly, it points forward to the coming of the Messiah who will deliver them from their present bondage and provide them with an earthly kingdom.

No lamb is found on the Passover table, but only a bone, a shin bone: a pure lower unbroken joint of the front leg of the lamb is used. On the table at each place are glasses or cups of wine, and in the center of the table are four (4) special glasses or cups. Kosher rules specify that the wine must be red. The two glasses on the right are called “The cup of Elijah” and “The cup of Blessing”. The two cups on the left are called “The cup of Redemption” and “The Cup of Glory”. The two cups on the right point back to Egypt; the two on the left point forward to the final deliverance of the Jews and Messianic glory.

These four cups of wine also represent the fourfold promise, as recorded in Torah, Exodus 6:6: “Wherefore, say unto the children of Israel, ‘I am the LORD and will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you from your enemies, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with judgment’.”

At the head of the table, in a beautiful cover, are three (3) special Passover cakes. During the early part of the feast, the MIDDLE one, the second of the three, is broken in halves. On half is partaken by all the members of the family at the beginning of the meal. The other half is treated with special regard and reverently wrapped in a cloth and hidden away, or buried … usually between the two pillows on which the head of the family reclines … until the end of the meal.

The half, which is hidden away, is no longer considered just unleavened bread. It is called “APHIKOMEN’” and symbolizes the PASSOVER LAMB itself. The Feast and ceremony of the Passover last until midnight, when at the very last act of the Feast, the cake called APHIKOMEN is brought forth and eaten of by all the members of the family. It is, however, given out so that one small piece is left over, which is put away on the highest shelf in the house until the next year.

The customary explanation for the presence of the three cakes is that they represent the three groups in Israel: the Priests, the Levites, and the Israelites. But if that is the case, why is the middle cake broken, wrapped and hidden away (or buried) and then brought forth from the hiding place and shared among the members of the family? Why, also, is it called by the mysterious name APHIKOMEN? What has all this to do with the Levites?

In our next lesson on the Passover, Part 5, we will find the answer!


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PASSOVER: A 7 PART SERIES – INTRODUCTION

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THE PASSOVER: A SEVEN PART SERIES

THE PASSOVER – INTRODUCTION

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THE PASSOVER – INTRODUCTION

Passover for the Jewish year 5776 begins Friday evening, April 22nd, at sundown. Saturday, April 23rd, 2016, will be the first DAY of Passover. The Jewish day starts in the evening at sundown in accordance to the Holy Scriptures.

In the Tanakh (Old Testament) we read in the first book of the Torah: “And the evening and the morning were the first day.” [Genesis 1:4] Passover always begins on the 14th day of the Hebrew month of Nissan (remember … Hebrew days start at sundown). To help you more fully understand the significance of this wonderful Holy Feast we are presenting a seven (7) part series on the Passover, which starts at sundown April 22nd.

Actually, on the Jewish calendar of events the whole celebration involves eight days, because after the evening of Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread then continues for seven (7) more days. Therefore, both Orthodox and Messianic Jews will be celebrating from Friday evening at sundown (April 22nd through Saturday day, April 30th.)

There is to be NO leaven, or yeast cake (Hebrew “chametz”), in Jewish homes during this period according to the Torah. “Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses: for whosoever eats that which is leavened, even that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a stranger, or born in the land.” [Exodus 12:19] This year, the Hebrew Year 5776, the ending of the Feast of Unleavened Bread will be on Saturday evening, April 30th. “In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at evening, you shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at evening.” [Exodus 12:18]

About 45 years ago the Lord directed me to go on an evangelistic trip from the West Coast to the East Coast (USA) and return. I packed five (5) bags and decided to walk two blocks to the nearest freeway interchange in Los Angeles and hitchhike to New York. He instructed me to travel strictly by faith and gave me the promise found in Jeremiah 33:3: “Call unto me, and I will answer you and show you GREAT and MIGHTY things you do not know about.” Within two hours of claiming the promise in Jeremiah 33:3 I had a ride to Philadelphia with two Jewish men. In Philadelphia two brothers of one of the men received Yeshua as their personal Messiah. Their sister loaned us a car in which we traveled to New York City and there I ministered to many wonderful Messianic Jews in Coney Island.

Such great MIRACLES happened on that trip, but one I treasure most was right before I returned to the West Coast. In Colorado I had the privilege of being directed by the Ruach HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit) to an elderly lady about 80 years of age who was married to a Jewish believer, a Messianic Jew. In her home she provided me with lots of information that has helped me through the years to reach many, many Jewish people with the message of  Messiah. Her name was Hanna Wago and it is with great pleasure that I am sharing with you many of the things she taught me.

We are releasing the series, Passover: Part 1 to Part 7, during this Pasover season so you can teach others and then share with your friends each day through Passover [Pesach] and the feast of Unleavened Bread. I have edited in places, and also added some experiences and thoughts of my own. I trust it will be a blessing to many. You may want to print out this series to use for future reference or teaching. You are welcome to reprint the material(s) as long as they are used for FREE distribution.

Your friend and brother-in-Messiah, Prince Handley

P.S. – If you would like to celebrate the Passover Seder in your home, or with friends, I am including instructions below for setting the Passover table.

P.S.S. – Messiah Yeshua may have actually been crucified on Wednesday morning. Passover (Nisan “Aviv” 14 ) was on Thursday, that year, the Feast of Unleavened Bread began on Friday (seven day feast last to Nisan “Aviv” 21), and the regular weekday Sabbath was on Saturday. Jesus was crucified in the morning on Wednesday and placed in the tomb before 6 P.M. He arose from the grave sometime after 6 P.M. on Saturday, which would be early Sunday morning, the first day of the week, according to Jewish time-keeping. This explanation fits Jesus’ prophecy in Matthew 12:40 that He would be “three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”

SETTING THE PASSOVER TABLE

Use a nice tablecloth, lace or white linen, and four (4) pretty gasses for center along with two (2) large plates.

At one end of the table, where the head of the family will be seated, place a cover dish with three (3) large matzo cakes, wrapped separately.

At the other end of the table (where there will be an empty chair) place the other large plate: for Elijah’s place. On this plate put a couple of pieces of matzo, and next to the plate a glass of wine. This glass is the fifth glass (in addition to the four that are filled with wine in the center. You may use red juice or grape juice if you prefer.

Two (2) medium plates: one on which to place a bone and the other on which to place broken pieces of matzo.

Four (4) small dishes: one for a mixture of grated apple and cinnamon to represent clay; one for an egg; one for salt water; and one for bitter herbs.

Two candles and candlesticks. (Have matches for lighting the candles.) Two pillows on which the head of the house will recline and between which the APHIKOMEN will be hidden (this will be explained in the newsletter series).

A wooden spoon into which leavened breadcrumbs are swept, and a feather brush. Also, a napkin into which the spoon, feather brush, and crumbs are wrapped for burning the next day. A white prayer cloth and white yarmulke (skullcap).


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