Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Passover/First Fruits Week 2015

This year has been a trying year for us. We've been going through a rough time helping two people get away from some people that are serious monsters. I can't go into more of it then what I just stated, but we needed time to just be together and love on one another. It just happened that the Passover Seder and beginning of First Fruits was coming up and it was just what we needed.

For those of you who don't know, the Passover Seder is a celebration when G-d released the Jewish people from their slavery and oppression in Egypt. We remember and celebrate the Seder as is commanded in the Torah. The very next day, though, starts a celebration into First Fruits. First Fruits is the celebration when the first harvest comes ready for harvest. This is usually the barley harvest. We are commanded to eat matzo bread for seven days during this celebration, and to rejoice in the harvest that has been given.

As Messianic Jews this holiday serves so much more significance than just a barley harvest, or remembering the freedom of the Jews from Egypt. Yeshua (Jesus to the modern church) was crucified and brought back to life during this week, over two thousand years ago. He is the Passover Lamb, the perfect sacrifice, and the First Fruits. 

1 Cor. 15:20 But the fact is that the Messiah has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have died. 

21 For since death came through a man, also the resurrection of the dead has come through a man. 
22 For just as in connection with Adam all die, so in connection with the Messiah all will be made alive. 

23 But each in his own order: the Messiah is the firstfruits; then those who belong to the Messiah, at the time of his coming; 

Yeshua is the First Fruits, and when we- as Messianic Jews- celebrate Passover and First Fruits we not only celebrate as G-d commanded in the Torah, but we remember fully Yeshua's sacrifice for us and His victory over death and the grave.

We are so fortunate that our congregation loves to serve each other, and do it in a way that lets you know that you are needed and wanted. It was such a blast helping set up the Seder meal, running around like a chicken with my head cut off as we had forgotten a couple of place settings, and just enjoying time with friends and family. It was a blast just to be together, serving and having so much fun while doing it! The full symbolism of the Passover Seder; from the bitter herbs, to the horseradish root all meant so much and was very interesting for our children to experience. We did warn our children to only take a little of the horseradish root onto their matzo bread. Jackasauraus looks at me and says, "OK" only to shove the whole blob of horseradish root into his mouth! Once we got him calmed down, it was quite comical to look back on! Next year I'm willing to bet he will listen!

Our children, in the congregation, got up to ask the four questions for Passover. They did amazing asking us the questions in Hebrew! Then they sang us a song in Hebrew. We were all quite impressed!

Daddy was getting a little hungry waiting for the meal to start, so Alexsaur's cheeks were a good snack to tide him over!

After dinner our music team got up and sang a gorgeous song about the power of the blood of Yeshua, while some members of our dance team walked around with a dark red scarf that they passed over the people sitting. The symbolism and beauty in the words didn't leave a dry eye in the entire place.

Finally, after drinking our fourth cup of grape juice, it was time for celebration! And there's nothing like just dancing to celebrate!

This night, and the rest of the nights remaining, are just what we needed to regroup and really relax as a family. We still have a few nights left of eating Matzo bread, but we remember and honor not only what G-d did for the people of Israel, not only what His son Yeshua did for us on the cross, but what He is doing in our lives now. 

Baruch haba b'shem Adonai

Until Next Time,

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