Soon Passover, or Pesach in Hebrew, will be upon us! This post is designed to help you prepare for Passover in a meaningful and creative way as we celebrate our deliverance from Egypt, from our sin, our lawlessness (1 John 3:4), through the blood of The Lamb, Yeshua/Jesus into a Spirit-led, lawful life as we learn to walk in holiness.
In the days leading up to Passover, we rid our home of any leaven, or foods and products with yeast in it. Leaven symbolizes sin that so easily entangles us and spreads to others (Hebrews 12:1). The Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthian, non-Jewish ekklesia/assembly to celebrate Passover remembering Yeshua/Jesus is our perfect Passover lamb who came to take the leaven or sin of the world (John 1:29). So why are they (and we) continuing to break God’s instructions? He writes this in 1 Corinthians 5, upon learning of sin within their church body. He similarly reminds the Galatian church, “A little leaven leavens the whole lump” (Galatians 5:9). Because we have been spiritually adopted into God’s family, or grafted-into His family tree and now considered apart of Israel, according to many writings of the Apostle Paul (Romans 8, 11; Ephesians 2:11-19; 3:6; 4:17-24; Galatians 3:26-29; 4:6-7), we ought to also celebrate Passover as a reminder of our Messiah’s sacrifice as well as the prophetic implications of this meaningful feast. One fine day in the future, like the First Exodus, there will be a ‘Second Exodus’, delivering us from the worldly culture. To learn more about the Second Exodus, click here.
Passover, also known as the ‘Feast of Unleavened Bread’, is the first Feast of the LORD (Exodus 12:1-15:21; Leviticus 23; Deuteronomy 16:1-8, 16) and is a big deal to Him. We even see in the Messianic Era, or when Jesus reigns and rules on Earth for 1,000 years, the Feast of Unleavened Bread/Passover is celebrated, according to Ezekiel 45:18-25; 46:9. Furthermore, when Jesus said, “Do this in remembrance of Me” (Luke 22), He was referring to Passover and participating in the holy holiday at that moment.
Should you desire to want to celebrate the death and resurrection of our Messiah, attached here is a Passover guide, created by Ira Malone, my friend and founder of Torah for Christians Ministries. Ira also has penned a list of what he does for Passover to help you celebrate this special time (see below). At that bottom of this post, I have attached pictures providing you ideas to decorate your table for Passover.
Here is the list of things participants (particularly people who host need—I sent this to someone who asked):
You and the participants watching, or whoever is there with you, will need the following:
• The elements: matzah, bitter herbs (parsley preferably), sweet apple mixture (charoset), horseradish sauce (maror), kosher Passover wine (or grape-juice)
For the sweet apple mixture: chopped up apples, chopped walnuts, cinnamon, maple syrup for extra sweetness, if desired.
• For me (Ira), I traditionally cook a leg of lamb (maybe two) in a slow cooker: I chop up an onion and place it in the slow cooker, I make incisions in the lamb, season it with mustard (to take away any gaminess), salt and pepper, rosemary, paprika, garlic, etc., gluten free (kosher for Passover) soy sauce, and slow cook for eight hours.
• Food! I usually have various veggies on the side, sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes, a salad with gluten free dressing, and an unleavened desert.
• A lamb bone for the plate (you can ask your local butcher for a bone—or just get a lamb steak with the bone in it, cook the lamb steak, and cut off the bone).
• Plates, utensils, wine glasses (leave one for Elijah), bowl for water (for the hand washing ceremony), a towel, a bowl for salt water (when dipping the bitter herb into the bowl of salt water), center Seder plate for the elements, a pillow, a clothe for the Afikomen (middle Matzah), speakers for music, Tallit (if you want to wear one), candles and candle holders, gas lighter.
Please be sure to read through the Haggadah carefully before commencing just so you don’t forget anything.