And you shall tell your son in that day, saying, “This is done because of what the Lord did for me when I came up from Egypt.’ It shall be as a sign to you on your hand and as a memorial between your eyes, that the Lord’s law may be in your mouth; for with a strong hand the Lord has brought you out of Egypt…So it shall be, when your son asks you in time to come, saying, “What is this?’ that you shall say to him, ‘By strength of hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Exodus 13:8-9, 14 NKJV
The glaring sun cast long shadows in the desert of Beersheba-the silhouette of a woman holding a child against the barren sand. She ran as if in a trance from hilltop to hilltop scanning the horizon and crying for help. Nothing, but hot wind and dust blown into her face was the response. Deadly fear overcame her as she recognized the emptiness and turned away from the limp body of the child. Suddenly, she heard an angel's voice, "What is the matter with you, Hagar? Do not fear, for God has heard the voice of the lad where he is" (Gene sis27177).Not Hagar’s loud weeping, but the whispering cry of the dying child reached the heavens.
The Passover Seder is one of the most widely observed of all Jewish customs, and at the center of every Seder is a Seder plate. Because of the popularity of the Passover Seder, and because of the Seder plate's central position in its observance, the plate has become a very common outlet for Jewish artistic expression.
The hidden principle of Passover is discovered through the holy words of the ancient biblical testimony and the holy gestures of those who remember.
The Passover Haggadah makes reference to four types of children who ask questions about the meaning of Passover: the wise, the wicked, the simple, and the one who doesn’t know how to ask. According to the Haggadah the wicked child, in phrasing his question, “rejects the main principle of the Passover.” What is this “Passover principle” which lies at the heart of the seder and whole festival of Pesach?
In a previous Shabbat Shalom meditation on Passover,1 I focused on the principle of personalization (corporate solidarity) found in both the Hebrew Bible and the Passover seder - a principle that embraces Jews and Christians alike in their common Hebraic roots. I also mentioned other common Jewish-Christian themes associated with Passover-liberation, hope, rebirth, purification, and peace, In this study, however, I offer a uniquely Christian perspective on Passover.
The Last Supper took place on the occasion of the Jewish Passover, and the Communion service is rooted in Passover. Yeshua selected some key aspects of Passover and added some other ingredients, thereby creating a powerful new service- By learning where the components of Communion come from, we can better understand its meaning.
From the perspective of the Jewish- Christian Reconciliation, certainly Passover is the most important and the most meaningful feast on the liturgical calendar. For the Jews it is a time of great joy for it not only celebrates national freedom, the liberation from slavery, and the new birth of a nation, it also reminds of God’s special intervention who “passed over” the Israelite houses marked with a sign of the blood of a lamb.