Monday, 14. April 2014 by Renee Ellison
For those of you doing a home family Passover who have lots of children attending with short attention spans (who can’t sit through a traditional Seder of 3 hours), here is a simple Seder celebration with lots of variety and participation for the children. They will learn and grow from this experience, which is after all one of the most important reasons why we pass this experience down from one generation to the next. After the beginning explanations, the ceremony is quite simple.
Cleansing the Leaven
The bulk of this removal of leaven from the home should have been done by suppertime—by the time of the Seder ceremony (any time after 3 p.m. when Yeshua died and before the sun sets —about 7:45 p.m. where we live). Don’t forget cleaning the leaven out of the toaster! However, if you leave a little leaven on the edge of a cupboard, or under a tea cup on a counter turned upside down, you can draw attention to it one last time at the be¬ginning of the Seder. The child can then ceremonially sweep it into the trash/or a napkin with a paint brush, to be taken outside. This is a picture of getting the sin out of our lives and cleansing ourselves BEFORE the Passover is eaten.
Explanation of WHY we do the Passover:
1) Because Adonai commands it; our holy lifestyle sets us apart from the world.
2) Because it is a dress rehearsal.
Explanation of Yeshua validating it:
1) He taught a teaching Seder the evening before.
2) He BECAME the Passover lamb.
Two holidays/feast days are back to back at this time:
1) Passover is one day and celebrates the deliverance from the plague of the firstborn.
2) The Festival of Unleavened Bread immediately follows back to back and is a seven-day feast that celebrates the Exodus and the People’s first week in the wilderness.
1) When Yeshua entered the city of Jerusalem on a donkey, the reason the people had palm branches in their hands was because they had just waved them over the lambs that were being brought in that day to be slaughtered that week. Historians of an¬tiquity record that there were as many as 250,000 lambs slain during this time of year! Quite the smoke went up from Jerusalem.
2) Both the Passover lamb and Yeshua were examined for spot and blemish at the same time for FOUR days—Yeshua by Herod and Pilate, etc.
3) Both were tied to the altar 6 hours before they actually died. Yeshua was hung on the cross at 9 a.m. and died at 3 in the afternoon.
4) The people left Egypt early the next morning, as they were NOT to go out at night while the angel of death passed over.
The Passover week is misrepresented:
Historically, the timing of the events of Passover week have been misrepresented. The Catholics claim that Yeshua was crucified on Good Friday and resurrected early on Sunday morning. This gives us only two nights and tiny bits of three days—not three full days and three full nights as the sign of Jonah told us it would be. Yeshua was actually crucified on a Wednesday (the 14th day of the Biblical month) and rose from the grave on Saturday evening at the close of Sabbath, yielding three full days and three full nights.
Be sure to set a place for Elijah.
Since Yeshua taught this at His teaching Seder, washing His disciple’s feet, we now do this. Use little wash tubs and towels, with warm water.
Blood on the door posts:
Have the children draw a Hebrew letter Hay on a 3X5 card with red crayon or red-inked pen—doing across the top of the card and down the right side and then finishing with a shorter stick, not connect¬ing at the top on the left side—forming the letter hay, which stands for “I am the DOOR.”
Then follow that with a paint brush and a bowl of water to paint your actual front door with the same strokes. Each child gets to do it after the father/leader does it.
Now all are seated at the Passover table.
Lighting of the candles:
Now the mother of the household (wearing a head covering), lights the candles, naming them the candle of Yeshua’s creation and the candle of His redemption. He has made us and He has redeemed us.
The father in the household (or whoever is the leader for the evening—uncle, brother, son, grandfather) thanks God for the Passover festival and for what it means.
The Cup of Sanctification:
Pour only a LITTLE grape juice into the bottom of each person’s wine glass; everyone drinks it. Because there will be FOUR cups throughout the Seder, having TOO MUCH grape juice each time will spike and crash children’s blood sugar levels. (Grape juice has a very high glycemic index). Therefore, only a token amount of juice should be drunk at each time.
Pass out hot wet wash rags to cleanse everyone’s hands before this meal. Pass out these little towels using tongs. Warm the towels in a microwave oven or in just bowl of hot water.
The father (or leader) takes out three matzo pieces in a stack, pulls the middle one out, and breaks it in 1/2. He then folds one half in a napkin and hides it in the living room or kitchen. This is called the AFIKOMEN and symbolizes our Savior being put in the grave. Then everyone takes a piece of the remaining matzo and tastes it. To begin the ceremony, no other taste is in our mouth but this symbol of His broken body. “Take and eat; this is My body, broken for you.”
The Cup of Deliverance:
The leader pours a second cup of grape juice. Again, only drink a token amount. The matzo followed by this “wine” both complete the symbol of communion—His body and His blood—as WELL as reminding us of the great deliverance from Egypt and bondage.
Now asked publicly—
1. “Why is this night not like any others?” (to remember our deliverance from Egypt)
2. “Why do we eat unleavened bread?” (it is the bread of haste)
3. “Why do we eat bitter herbs?” (to remember our bondage)
Explain and eat each part of the Seder plate:• Shank bone (symbol of our Passover lamb: roasted=judgment)
• Roasted egg (Hebrew symbol of mourning)
• Bitter herbs (horseradish=bondage)
• Parsley dipped in salt water (remembrance of our tears)
• Charoset (symbol of mortar used in between bricks, made with apples, raisins, wine, walnuts, cinnamon)
Read Psalm 105:26-38.
The Ten Plagues:
Each person spoons a teaspoon of grape juice/wine onto their/a saucer as each plague is announced: blood, frogs, lice, flies, Egyptian cattle dying, boils, hail, locusts, darkness, and the death of the firstborn.
The leader says: “NOW we are delivered.”
Each one participating shares a short sentence of something that they are thankful for, going around the table. All say the Hebrew word: “Dayenu” (which means, “It would have been enough!”).
After dinner, drink the Cup of Redemption:
This is the third cup of grape juice/wine—the LAST cup Yeshua drank WITH His people.
Read Psalm 118.
Now have children hunt for the hidden Afikomen! He is risen!
The Cup of Praise:
Yeshua did NOT drink this cup; He reserved it to drink with us only when we are at last together in the Kingdom (Matthew 6:29). It is also called the cup of Thanksgiving. But we DO drink it now. (This was a ceremony of FOUR cups.)
Then everyone shouts “Next year in Jerusalem!” and leaves the front door open a crack for a little while waiting for the appearance of Elijah.
Click here to download a handy one-page chart that shows the days of the week during the week of the Lord’s Passion, and in 2014.