In Exodus 23, Leviticus 23 and Numbers 9, God commanded the children of Israel through the prophet Moses to celebrate and remember His Passover every year. This celebration was to be done in their homes with their families as an act of remembrance of their being delivered from slavery and oppression of the Pharoah and the Egyptians. The last meal Yeshua, Jesus, spent with His disciples before He was crucified was a Passover Seder. Many believers know and call this meal the Last Supper.
The first step in preparing for a Seder is to cleanse our homes of any hametz (leaven or yeast). In scriptures leaven represents sin, more specifically pride.
“Get rid of the old hametz, so you may be a new batch, just as you are unleavened—for Messiah, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed.”
1 Corinthians 5:7, TLV translation
Cleansing our homes of leaven is symbolic of intentionally preparing and purifying your hearts to meet with God on His appointed time. As we clean our physical homes and rid our pantries of yeast laden foods, we can also be intentional to cleanse our hearts of any thoughts, patterns and habits that might “puff us up” against God’s Word and His will for our lives.
Setting the Table:
Candlesticks and matches
Seder plate (see detailed instructions below)
Basin of water with a hand towel
Glass for each person
Small plate for each person
An additional plate and glass for Elijah
Pitcher of grape juice or wine (Each person will need to fill their glass 4 times.)
Haggadah (for the retelling of the miraculous deliverance from Egypt)
During Biblical times people ate reclining around a table. My family and I enjoy our Passover Seder reclined around the coffee table with pillows. Many choose to sit around a kitchen or dining room table. However you choose, be sure to have a pillow present to remember the meal was originally eaten reclining. Another tradition my family includes is to read Scriptures from John 13:1-17. Then we take turns washing each other’s feet with baby wipes as an act of love and service to one another.
Here is a list of what to include on your Seder Plate:
Brown hardboiled egg (You can also use a white egg and boil in tea or coffee.)
Spicy horseradish (You can usually find this in a glass jar in the refrigerated section at the supermarket.)
Parsley (two sprigs per person)
Charoset – mixture apples, walnuts, raisins or dates and grape juice. Recipe below.
Three sheets of matzah wrapped in a white linen cloth
2 pieces of matzah per person
Bowl of salt water (with enough salt so the water is cloudy)
Lamb shank bone (or any bone about 5 inches in length)
1-2 apples per person, finely chopped
1-2 walnuts per person, finely chopped
2T Brown sugar or honey (or both!)
Cinnamon to taste
Grape juice or kosher wine
Combine apples, walnuts, raisins (optional), brown sugar and / or honey and cinnamon. Add enough wine or juice to mix through. The mixture should be of thick consistency, not runny. For best results and most flavor, mix up the evening before and store in an airtight container.
I’ve included a shopping list for your convenience. (Shopping List for Simple Passover Seder_ B) My family and I wish you and yours a Happy Passover Holiday. Chag Sameach Pesach!
Written by: Mallory Thomason, Silverman Ministries Team Member