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Monday, April 11, 2011

Passover Unit Study!

Passover is a traditional holiday of freedom, spanning eight days (seven for those living in Israel). It celebrates the exodus of the Jews enslaved in Egypt under Pharaoh Ramses II. The Seder is a feast for family and friends, chock-full of symbolic foods served to remind participants of this time in Jewish history.

The symbolic foods are placed on a special dish called The Seder Plate. It is here where you will find the Matzohs, (symbolizing the bread the Israelites didn't have time to let rise), and the Charoset, (the delicious mixture of apples, cinnamon, walnuts and wine symbolizing the mortar the Hebrew slaves used to erect Ramses' buildings). The Beitzah, a roasted egg, is also placed on the plate. The fact that it is charred symbolizes the sacrifice made in the holy temple in Jerusalem in biblical times.

For us, the wine and unleavened bread will also symbolize Jesus’ body and blood which was poured out to save us from our sins and ensure everlasting life!

Matthew 26:19

So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover. ..

26 While they were eating, Jesus took the bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” 27 Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 I tell you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it anew with you in my Father’s kingdom.”

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