“For Messiah our Passover lamb has been sacrified. Therefore, let us keep the feast.” 1 Corinthians 5:7-8

Our first Passover went better than we could have imagined. I would love to say the little kids got the whole evening, but they didn’t. They did get bits and pieces and we know that with each year their knowledge will grow. Willow got it. 🙂

Sweet girl helping to set the table. Why yes, that would be a table cloth from the dollar tree! Why yes, I will use a cheap tablecloth again next year!

Grape Juice for all in real wine glasses.

Despite their dumb decision to join the SEC, I think Jesus still loves the Aggies. 🙂

what goodness is in this brown box?

Matzah! This was a huge hit with the kiddos, they LOVED it. I wont lie, when I went to the local Jewish market for this, I found chocolate coated ones and I lingered for a while.

We had three pieces of matzah in a matzah tosh with the middle one broke, and buried (you hide it at one point and the kids find it) so it’s brought back. Some teach the three matzot represent the unity of Israel: Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Others teach the crowns of learning, priesthood, and kingship. another represents the High priests, the Levites, and the people of Israel. While the rabbis cannot agree on the meaning, we as believers in Jesus see the symbolism of Yahweh, Yeshua, and the Ruach ha kodesh (Father, Son and the Holy Spirit).

The regulations on making the matzah are super interesting! Did you know it has to be pierced? (Zechariah 12:10), the Matzah also has to be striped. (Isaiah 53:5) SO NEAT!

What do you make with diced apples?

Haroset! it is a reminder of the mortar with which the Israelites made bricks for Pharaoh. (super yummy! diced apples, walnuts, honey and cinnamon).

Our Passover Seder: Karpas (representing life, created and sustained by our God), salt water (representation of the tears of life, remembering that sometimes life is immersed in tears), ha)zert (reminds us that the root of life is often bitter, as it was for the children of Israel in the land of Egypt), the haroset, and lastly the zeroah (lamb shank).

Our readings

Our dinner was lighter crunch coconut chicken with pineapple salsa and baked zuchinni sticks. The troops were not all in agreement in their reviews. Hubs loved it and so did Emory and Hunter. Willow, who has wierd food adversions like her mother thought it was fair.  I did the best I could to eat one whole tender. Everyone agreed it was best when you paired it with a bite of pineapple though.   Perhaps if you make it, and it knocks your socks of,f you will tell me what you did differently. 🙂

It really was a beautiful evening. It was a special time to truly stop and remember what Jesus did for each and everyone of us.

We concluded with the Aaronic Benediction, the same that we close out our church service with each week:

May the LORD bless you and keep you.

May he make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious unto you.

May he lift up his countenance to you and give you peace.