Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Messianic Passover

As many of you know, I love to learn about food. You know about my Martha Stewart Living collection and how serious I am when Alton is on TV. I have cookbooks on my nightstand. Traditional food is also particularly exciting to me and Passover is the top of traditional feasts in my book. I’ve always been somewhat fascinated by Passover, after all, the very first Passover began with Moses in Egypt. And we remember even more poignantly God’s judgment passing over us now as Christians. This feast has been celebrated for thousands of years. Thousands! But, I’m not Jewish by blood so I’ve never seen it up close or in person. The closest I’ve come is reading articles in food magazines.

So imagine my excitement when we were invited to attend a real Passover Seder celebration last Saturday night with a Messianic Jewish family in our church. We learned about the elements of the Seder and we ate Matzos and Kosher things (not lamb like I had thought) and we sang ancient Hebrew songs and drank the traditional wine. It was especially wonderful since the Messianic elements had been added to the old traditions and we saw even further how Christ has been the ultimate fulfillment and how His life dovetails beautifully with the prophecies and requirements of the Messiah. Unfortunately, I forgot to bring the camera to show you pictures of our feast, but you can learn all about the Passover traditions and elements of the Seder here.


James said...

I am so jealous Mandie!!! I really want to try so real Passover food. I bet you had a great time!!Hahg sahmayaH!!!

Mandie said...

L'Chaim, James!

Anders Branderud said...

Quote: ” been the ultimate fulfillment and how His life dovetails beautifully with the prophecies and requirements of the Messiah.”

I want to comment on that.
Regarding the Mashiakh:

”There is an unequivocal criteria for discerning the Mashiakhַ or a navi ( lit. "the one bringing"; i.e., a prophet; one who calls, proclaims, prophesies): Dәvâr•im′ 13.1-6. תּוֹרָה (Torah) sets forth the acid test, whether the alleged Mashiakh ( מָשִׁיחַ) or נָבִיא (navi) advocates to keep, or displace, תּוֹרָה. Partial (i.e., selective) observance entails rejection of מִצווֹת (mitzwot; commandments) that are non-selected, which is rejection of תּוֹרָה in its indivisible whole. There is no middle ground.”

( Quote “1993 covenant” by Paqid Yirmeyahu Ben Dawid (found here: (slightly edited by me).

The historical Ribi Yehoshua ha-Mashiakh (the Messiah) (his teachings are found in (the only legitimate Netzarim) kept and taught Torah all of his life. A logical analysis of all the first centuries relevant documents proves that his Netzarim-talmidim (apprentice-students) did likewise. To be one of Ribi Yehoshuas Netzarim-talmidim (apprentice-students) one must do likewise (learn more in the above website). One mitzwah is Torah is subordination to a beit-din. Those whom want to follow Ribi Yehoshua must subordinate to the beit-din ha-Netzarim.

Conclusion, the Christian “Christ” didn’t fullfill the Messianic prophecies; le-havdil, the historical Ribi Yehoshua did.

Anders Branderud

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