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There Is a Woman!

April 29, 2011

There is a woman named Rom who really has a heart for the Jewish people. As a result, she holds three Seders every year and invites non-Messianic Jews  as well as Gentile and Jewish disciples of Yeshua. We were so privileged to participate this year.

Although it is not our first Seder, it was our first in a home. It was definitely more intimate than the previous Seders we have attended. All in all, I believe she squeezed about 20 people into her apartment! Ed and Gayle, another couple we know, have been attending her Seders for several years. That is how we came to attend. We were blessed to sit near them, allowing us to catch up with them a bit.

We read in turns from a Haggadah that Rom had written and we sang…in both Hebrew and English. What a joy to be reminded of how Yahweh delivered His people from their slavery. Each thing we did symbolized some aspect of the whole situation and event.

In the middle we ate a meal. There were SO many interesting foods that I cannot remember them all! In addition to the traditional food items found on the Seder plate, we ate a sweet potato dish and another regular potato dish that was kind of like a potato mixed into flour. It was cut in blocks like cake or a brownie, but was very dense. There was a wonderful matzo ball soup made by our friend, Gayle, that was SOOOOO tasty! There was gefilte fish, which we had never tried. It was good! We had a green bean casserole dish, too. And we ate lamb.

Just as the Israelites did in Goshen that first Pesach night, we ate lamb. The Pesach lamb reminds us of the Lamb of G-d…Yeshua. Just as Yahweh delivered the nation of Israel from their bondage to the Egyptians, Yeshua delivers us from our bondage to sin. Just as the blood of the lamb on the doorposts in the original Pesach/Passover protected the firstborns from the angel of death, the blood of Yeshua…our Lamb…protects us from death!

As I sat there with fellow disciples of Yeshua following the Haggadah and eating wonderful traditional foods, I felt very touched to be a part of something so big. During this time of year, people from all over the world celebrate Pesach, also known as the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Pesach lasts for 7 or 8 days, during which time only unleavened breads are to be eaten. We are not to that point in celebrating this feast.

Part of the preparation for Pesach is to remove all the leaven in the home. Yeshua compared sin to leaven. Just as a little bit of leaven can permeate (and effect) the whole dough, a little bit of sin in your life will permeate (and effect) all of you. What a reminder to keep myself pure from sin as best I can. I cannot do it perfectly, but I know I can count on the Ruach HaKodesh/Holy Spirit whom Yeshua has sent to us to help me.

At the end, we each shared a little bit about ourselves so that we could get to know one another better. I was very moved by some of the stories of the people there and how they were connected. Several of them, in addition to their home congregations, attend a Messianic Jewish group. Yahweh is so good to bring us all together!

I hope we can go again next year to hear how everyone is doing and how the L-rd touched each of them in the intervening year. I imagine the Israelites going to Yerushalayim/Jerusalem each year for Pesach. For many, back in those days, the only time they got to see some people was during the three feasts that required attendance in Yerushalayim – of which Pesach is one.

I wish I had gotten a photo, but I forgot. I was too busy focusing on the people and the event. So, here is one I found online. Click on the lamb and it will take you to a site with a VERY interesting article in document format that explains how Yeshua fits the Pesach and how He really was in the grave for three days and three nights…just as the scriptures foretold. Oh, did you know that He arose on another Feast…the Feast of Firstfruits?

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Dawn Phenix permalink
    April 29, 2011 1:50 PM

    It sounds like you had an amazing passover celebration. That encourages me to think about attending the one at my church. They have one every year, as well as observing first fruits, which we already do. Thx for sharing.

    • April 29, 2011 11:09 PM

      We had a wonderful time. I hope you do go next year!

      • Dawn Phenix permalink
        April 29, 2011 11:13 PM

        After reading the Messianic Passover booklet you posted, Gary and I talked about going to the one at our church next year, for sure. Learning the Jewish customs established in the OT personalizes Jesus all the more.

        • April 30, 2011 12:36 AM

          I agree. It does! That is why I enjoy being able to start participating in the feasts more!

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