Our family is Messianic and therefore we observe the Lord’s Feasts described in the Bible. Understanding the Jewishness of our Messiah Jesus (His Hebrew name is: Yeshua ) helps us understand our faith and the depth and richness of Scripture more fully. Remember the First Century Believers did not have the New Testament to read, they used the “Old Testament” to test what Yeshua was teaching and to determine if He was their prophesied Messiah.
Passover / Pesach is so much more than just a celebration, it is a remembrance of redemption that is taught and retaught every year during the Passover Seder. A Seder is a meal that marks the beginning of Passover. This Seder teaching is calling people to their identity as the People of God. By using all of our senses, the Passover Seder not only tells the story of God’s grace that is demonstrated throughout history, but also calls us to experience and share in the story, our story, our history. Passover is so much more than a sermon, it is commanded for us to remember. So, let’s teach our children about Passover and fulfill this command. The five things that you can teach your children Today about Our Messiah and Passover:
Jesus kept the Passover, from the time of His youth. Luke records:
His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast (Luke 2:41-42).
Jesus continued to keep Passover His entire life, once a year as commanded in Exodus 13:10. It was observed on the fourteenth day of the month of the first month (called Abib in Deuteronomy 16:1 or Nisan in Esther 3:7):
On the fourteenth day of the first month at twilight is the LORD’s Passover (Leviticus 23:5).
And Jesus had his disciples also keep it:
7 Then came the Day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover must be killed. 8 And He sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat.” 9 So they said to Him, “Where do You want us to prepare?” 10 And He said to them, “Behold, when you have entered the city, a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him into the house which he enters. 11 Then you shall say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says to you, “Where is the guest room where I may eat the Passover with My disciples?”‘ 12 Then he will show you a large, furnished upper room; there make ready.” 13 So they went and found it just as He had said to them, and they prepared the Passover. (Luke 22:7-13).
Passover commemorates God’s redemption of the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt (and spiritually redemption of the Believers from the world) and the creation of the Israelite people. Passover is actually three feasts Passover (Pesach), The Feast of Unleavened Bread and the Feast of Firstfruits. Every single event in Jesus’ end days matches up with these three feasts of Passover. He was crucified as our Passover lamb, He was buried on Unleavened Bread and He rose on the Feast of Firstfruits.
At a Passover Seder there are four cups of wine. The First cup is the “Cup of Sanctification” (I will bring you out of Egypt). The second cup is the “Cup of Deliverance” (I will deliver you from Egyptian Slavery). The third cup is the “cup of Redemption” (I will redeem you with My power). The fourth cup is the “Cup of Restoration” (I will take you as My People). Since Yeshua was keeping a Passover Seder (Luke 22:15-16) with His Apostles, he drank of these cups. But the last cup, the Cup of Restoration, He did not drink. He promised to do so with them in the coming Kingdom! Matthew 26:29. The fact that He took the bread and the cup after supper identifies the bread as the afikoman and the cup to be the cup of redemption (based on the order of the Seder.)
The bread pictured at the last supper is usually of this beautiful full loaf of bread, but that is not what really would have been on the table. The bread of the Last Supper is unleavened bread. (Matzah) Here is another beautiful aspect of the Seder that we completely miss when we separate our Messiah from His Jewishness… there are three pieces of Matzah placed in a bag. The middle matzah is pulled out and broken in two with half of it wrapped in white linen and hidden. The children search for the middle matzah (known as the Afikomen) and the one that finds it brings it back to the father of the house to be redeemed for a price. The other half of the bread is passed around and eaten.
So you see, there is so much richness that can be learned by studying our Messiah, Jesus, from a Jewish perspective. I hope you will continue to study and learn about Passover. Remember, we are called to be Bereans, to test everything we hear and read against His Word, the Bible!
To learn more about Passover, read: Exodus 12; Numbers 9: 1-14; Numbers 28:16-25; Deuteronomy 16: 1-6; Joshua 5:10; 2 Kings 23:21-23; 2 Chronicles 30:1-5, 35:1-19; Ezra 6:19-22; Ezekiel 45:21-24.
Passover in the New Testament: Matthew 26, Mark 14, Luke 2 and 22, John 2, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18 and 19. Acts 12:4; 1 Corinthians 5:7.
Credits: Artwork is by Walter Rane. A print of his painting can be purchased from here.
“Speak to the sons of Israel, and say to them, ‘When you enter the land which I am going to give to you and reap its harvest, then you shall bring in the sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest to the priest. And he shall wave the sheaf before YHVH for you to be accepted; on the day after the sabbath the priest shall wave it. Now on the day when you wave the sheaf, you shall offer a male lamb one year old without defect for a burnt offering to YHVH. Its grain offering shall then be two-tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil, an offering by fire to YHVH for a soothing aroma, with its libation, a fourth of a hin of wine. Until this same day, until you have brought in the offering of your Elohim, you shall eat neither bread nor roasted grain nor new growth. It is to be a perpetual statute throughout your generations in all your dwelling places.”
“You shall also count for yourselves from the day after the sabbath, from the day when you brought in the sheaf of the wave offering; there shall be seven complete sabbaths. You shall count fifty days to the day after the seventh sabbath; then you shall present a new grain offering to YHVH.”
So, while conducting our leaven purge in preparation for Pesach, we stumbled upon this little revelation! What does antifreeze, corexit and cake mix have in common? You will be shocked: Propylene glycol. If you don’t know what it is…. go here to read about it. Here are excerpts from the Wikipedia article:
Propylene glycol is a component in newer automotive antifreezes and de-icers used at airports. … The chemical makes up 1-5% of the oil dispersant Corexit, used in great quantities during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Corexit has come under scrutiny for probable adverse effects on marine life and humans that are exposed to it. Propylene glycol has also come under scrutiny, as it is the chemical that disperses Corexit and the oil to subsurface depths
If you prefer not to use wikipedia, go here. Or here to the CDC where the CDC classifies it as a “Toxic Substance”. Here is the information from the CDC website:
Summary: Propylene glycol is a synthetic liquid substance that absorbs water. Propylene glycol is also used to make polyester compounds, and as a base for deicing solutions. Propylene glycol is used by the chemical, food, and pharmaceutical industries as an antifreeze when leakage might lead to contact with food. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has classified propylene glycol as an additive that is “generally recognized as safe” for use in food. It is used to absorb extra water and maintain moisture in certain medicines, cosmetics, or food products. It is a solvent for food colors and flavors, and in the paint and plastics industries. Propylene glycol is also used to create artificial smoke or fog used in fire-fighting training and in theatrical productions. Other names for propylene glycol are 1,2-dihydroxypropane, 1,2-propanediol, methyl glycol, and trimethyl glycol. Propylene glycol is clear, colorless, slightly syrupy liquid at room temperature. It may exist in air in the vapor form, although propylene glycol must be heated or briskly shaken to produce a vapor. Propylene glycol is practically odorless and tasteless.
So why is it in our Duncan Hines and Betty Crocker cake mixes? Apparently the FDA doesn’t see a problem with this being consumed.
Pesach Leaven Search Surprise!
The Pesach leaven search is so good for us… for many reasons, as you see! What a blessing!
Preparations are in full swing for Pesach around here. We are spending time cleaning out the leaven… But, I am going to start this post by going backwards a bit…
You see, I have a bunch of christmas, halloween and easter stuff … We have been keeping Abba’s feasts for 3 years and had been planning to sell all that stuff. And we have been… a little here and a little there. I was planning to sell what is left (and it is still a ton of stuff) in a big yard sale this Spring. Well, a couple of weeks ago, Rabbi Greg was discussing this very topic and asked … if it’s not good enough for you, why are you pushing it on (selling it to) anyone else? It made me think of Abraham’s father… the idol maker. UGH! I was already feeling really strange selling stuff to friends and neighbors that I didn’t want near me or my family. I attempted to justify it by saying… It did give me an opportunity to explain our walk and why we keep Abba’s feasts… but still it just felt wrong. Well, after Rabbi talked about selling our idols, both my hubby and I knew immediately what needed to be done. He actually looked at me and said… so much for a yard sale, huh? Yeah… not doing it. We’re not going to profit from selling our idols! Then and there hubby and I decided to have a bonfire to get rid of all this junk …
Well, yesterday, while pondering the meaning of Pesach, I realized I still have all this stuff here in my home!! Leaven! Idols! So, I get to thinking… “it’s been raining a bunch this past week, so it won’t be too dry to burn”. Today was the day. THE day to have the bonfire to destroy our idols … an idol bonfire on the farm! I get up this morning and it’s dreary, somber and wet outside (not raining, just wet) … yep PERFECT for a bonfire… and then (there always seems to be an “and then”) … I got this on our local weather bug alert:
Wind Advisory … no bonfire today!
LOL… so we are now just boxing it all up to take to the dump… and humming as we work…. >bye-bye leaven! It feels good (like I knew that it would…)!!!! I can seriously hear Rabbi singing James Brown with me right now, can’t you! LOL! I know it says “I” feel good… but I’m changing the words today!
I pray you all are feeling this good sweeping the leaven out of your own lives! Following Abba’s path is pure joy! A delight! A blessing!
3 Cups All Purpose Flour Wheat Flour (My all purpose flour does not have any leavening agents… might want to check if you are planning to use it).
3 TBSP olive oil
2.5 TBSP Honey
1/2 Cup Warm Water
1.5 tsp Salt
Preheat oven to 450
Combine the dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Add eggs, oil, honey and water to the flour mixture and knead until smooth.
Divide and, with hands greased with olive oil, form into golf-ball sized sections.
On a floured surface, roll each ball into flat, round circles. We roll the Matzah balls out flat with a glass … if you have never done this, try it! You will understand how much easier it is when working with smaller dough pieces than using a rolling pin! LOL!
If you would like the dough to be crispier, (more like crackers) prick holes in the surface with a fork; if you want a thicker flat bread (which is great for sandwiches) do not prick the dough. Since this is for the Pesach meal, we wanted ours to be pricked for this batch.
Place on a pan or stone in the oven and bake for 10 minutes. Keep checking and flipping them every three or so minutes.
UPDATE 3.27.13 Added 6 cloves of minced garlic and 1/2 small onion chopped fine to the recipe using whole wheat flour. Added about 3 tablespoons more olive oil and WOW, it is fabulous! We will be making this regularly!
We have cooked this recipe several times and we all love it…. And I especially love how easy it is to cook 🙂 We will be having this after our Passover Seder. This is from Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook. I’ll post my pictures after Pesach!