Tomorrow we will sit down to a meal in which I want my kids (and those guests joining us) to enter into the Passover meal and Jesus’ journey on His way to the cross.  I hope to bring elements faithful to the Passover (though I am not Jewish and many authentic elements will be excluded from our meal) but also interact with them in a way that possibly Jesus and His disciples did.  Thus, the readings are from both the Hebrew Scriptures and the Gospels.

Here is what we will attempt:

As we go through the evening together, we will drink 4 cups of wine – each symbolizing a promise that God made to the Israelites while still in bondage in Egypt.

Therefore, say to the Israelites: ‘I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. (Exodus 6:6-7)

1st Cup – The Cup of Sanctification…“I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians”

Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, our Creator.

(then drink)

Usually there would be a washing of hands but we read John 13:1-14 and so will wash one another’s feet (oldest to next oldest and so on until the youngest washes the oldest ones feet.)

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Then, dip parsley in salt water and eat – to remember the tears of the children of Israel (read John 13:21-30 – possibly when Jesus gave Judas the morsel and sent him off)

2nd Cup – The Cup of Deliverance…”I will free you from being slaves to them”

Read Exodus 12:1-42 (or the story from a children’s bible – especially for those with young ones)

Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, our Creator.

(then drink)

Meal will consist of:

hummus and pita bread

roasted lamb

Tabouli

imjadara (lentils and brown rice)

(My husband comes from a Lebanese background, so these are foods we make often…I say make whatever your kids – or guests -will eat!)

3rd Cup – The Cup of Redemption…”I will redeem you with an outstretched arm”

Read Mark 14:22-25 and partake in Jesus’ new twist on this Passover meal.

4th Cup – The Cup of Praise…”I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God”

Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, our Creator.

(then drink)

Serve dessert and have individuals read Psalm 115-118 and Psalm 136 (read aloud to the rest of us)

5th Cup – End with Mark 14:26-42 – going to the garden to pray and asking that God “take this cup from Him…yet not My will but Thy will be done.”

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