Wednesday, April 30, 2014

I shall see God - Nisan 30, 5774

For I know that my Redeemer lives,
And He shall stand at last on the earth;
And after my skin is destroyed, this I know,
That in my flesh I shall see God,
Whom I shall see for myself,
And my eyes shall behold, and not another.
How my heart yearns within me!
JOB 19:25-27

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Hold Fast - Nisan 29, 5774

Rejoice always,
pray without ceasing,
in everything give thanks;
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Do not quench the Spirit.
Do not despise prophecies.
Test all things; hold fast what is good.
Abstain from every form of evil.
Now may the God of peace Himself
sanctify you completely;
and may your whole spirit, soul, and body
be preserved blameless
at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

I Thessalonians 5:16-22

Monday, April 28, 2014

God Thunders - Nisan 28, 5774

God thunders marvelously with His voice;
He does great things which we cannot comprehend.
For He says to the snow,
'Fall on the earth';
Likewise to the gentle rain and the heavy rain
of His strength.
JOB 37:5-6

Sunday, April 27, 2014

SMALL - Nisan 27, 5774

He will bless those who fear the LORD, both small and great. Psalm 115:13

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Waves and Billows - Nisan 26, 5774

Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls;
All Your waves and billows have gone over me.
The LORD will command His lovingkindess in the daytime,
And in the night His song shall be with me -
A prayer to the God of my life.
PSALM 42:7-8

Friday, April 25, 2014

GOLD - Nisan 25, 5774

The law of Your mouth
is better to me
Than thousands of coins
of gold and silver.
PSALM 119:72

Thursday, April 24, 2014

His Sheep - Nisan 24, 5774

He will feed His flock like a shepherd;
He will gather the lambs with His arm,
And carry them in His bosom,
And gently lead those who are with young.
Isaiah 40:11

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Satisfy Your Soul - Nisan 23, 5774

The LORD will guide you continually,
And satisfy your soul in drought,
And strengthen your bones;
You shall be like a watered garden,
And like a spring of water,
whose waters do not fail.
Isaiah 58:11

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

ELIJAH'S CUP - Nisan 22, 5774

At this table is a cup not taken,
a chair not occupied.
This is Elijah's cup.
This is Elijah's chair.

A child opens the door during the Seder service,
to welcome Elijah.

As the Scriptures foretold of Elijah's coming
to herald the Messiah, so they that
have not yet recognized Christ as Messiah,
are still waiting and watching.

Those who believe Christ is Messiah,
also believe what the prophets foretold,

"'Behold, I send My messenger,
And he will prepare the way before Me.
And the Lord, whom you seek,
Will suddenly come to His temple,
Even the Messenger of the covenant,
In whom you delight.
Behold, He is coming,'
Says the LORD of hosts."
Malachi 3:1

"Behold, I send My messenger before your face,
Who will prepare Your way before You.
The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
'Prepare the way of the LORD;
Make His paths straight.'"
Mark 1:2-3

 "And from the days of John the Baptist until now
the kingdom of heaven suffers violence,
and the violent take it by force.
For all the prophets and the law
prophesied until John.
And if you are willing to receive it,
he is Elijah who is to come.
He who has ears to hear,
let him hear!"
Matthew 11:12-15

For us then, the empty place
is for the Lord Jesus Christ, our Messiah.
For He did say,
'I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on
until that day
when I drink it new with you
in My Father's kingdom."
Matthew 26:29

So we long for the Day of His return and cry out,


Monday, April 21, 2014

Finding the Afikomen - Nisan 21, 5774

The children will search for the hidden matzah
and will find it for a prize.
"But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb."
Luke 24:2
"He is not here, but is risen!"
Luke 24:6a.
Nothing should be eaten after tasting this bread.
In the days of the holy Temple,
the Paschal Lamb was eaten at the conclusion
of the meal.  This afikomen
takes the place of the original sacrifice.
As we leave the Seder table,
it is important that we leave with the taste
of matzah in our mouths -
the taste of our faith,
the taste of commitment,
the taste of redemption.
Of Jesus, it is said,
"And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it,
and gave it to them, saying,
'This is My body which is given for you;
do this in remembrance of Me.'"
Luke 22:19

Sunday, April 20, 2014

BARECH - Nisan 20, 5774

This is the grace said after the meal
as a guard against forgetfulness.
"So it shall be,
when the LORD your God
brings you into the land of which He swore
to your fathers,
to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,
to give you large and beautiful cities
which you did not build,
houses full of all good things,
which you did not fill,
hewn-out wells
which you did not dig,
vineyards and olive trees
which you did not plant -
when you have eaten and are full -
then beware,
lest you forget
the LORD who brought you
out of the land of Egypt,
from the house of bondage."
Deuteronomy 6:10-12
 "Bless the LORD,  O my soul;
And all that is within me,
bless His holy name!
Bless the LORD,  O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with
lovingkindness and tender mercies,
Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed
like the eagle's."
Psalm 103:1-5

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Washing Hands - Nisan 19, 5774

Washing hands.
Just as the priest washed
before performing the Temple service,
so also we wash.
"Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD ?
Or who may stand in His holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol,
Nor sworn deceitfully.
He shall receive blessing
from the LORD, and righteousness
from the God of his salvation.
This is Jacob, the generation of those
who seek Him,
who seek Your face.  Selah"
Psalm 24:3-6
"I will wash my hands in innocence;
So I will go about Your altar, O LORD,
That I may proclaim with the
voice of thanksgiving,
And tell of all Your wondrous works.
LORD, I have loved
the habitation of Your house,
And the place where Your glory dwells."
Psalm 26:6-8

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Order of Service - Nisan 18, 5774

The "Haggadah" is the "telling".
It guides us in the Seder service.
Kaddesh:  We sanctify the day with Kiddush,
the sanctification prayer proclaiming
the holiness of the day,
recited over wine.
Urechatz:  We wash hands.
Karpas:  We dip the parsley in saltwater.
Yachatz:  We break the middle matzah and
hide the afikomen.
Maggid:  We narrate the exodus.
The children ask the Four Questions.
The leader replies.
We remember the plagues.
Rachatz:  We wash hands for the meal.
Motzi Matzah:  Blessing the matzah.
Maror:  We taste the bitter herbs.
Korech:  The sandwich.
Shulchan Orech:  The festive meal.
Tzafun:  Finding the afikomen.
Barech: The blessing after the meal.
Hallel:  Psalms of praise.
Nirtzah:  Conclusion.
May He accept our observance
and send Messiah speedily!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

CANDLES - Nisan 17, 5774

Blessed are You, Lord our God, Ruler of the universe,
Who has sanctified us with His commandments
and has commanded us to light the holiday candles.

The LORD is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
PSALM 27:1a.

Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying,
'I am the light of the world.
He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness,
but have the light of life.'
John 8:12 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

SHANK BONE - Nisan 16, 5774


"Now the blood shall be a sign for you
on the houses where you are.
And when I see the blood,
I will pass over you;
and the plague shall not be on you
to destroy you when I strike
the land of Egypt."
Exodus 12:13

This roasted shank bone represents the lamb
whose blood marked the houses of the children of Israel,
signifying their obedience
to God's command.

Each family was to take a lamb -
without blemish or defect,
and kill it.
They were to take a bunch of hyssop,
dip it in the blood and
strike the lintel and the two side posts of their door
with the blood.
When the Lord passed through to smite the Egyptians,
and He saw the blood on their door posts,
the Lord passed over,
and did not suffer the destroyer to come
into their houses to smite them.

Since the Temple in Jerusalem no longer stands,
this shank bone remains
to remind us of the sacrificial lamb.
When John the Baptist saw Jesus, he exclaimed,
The Lamb of God,
who takes away the sin of the world!"
John 1:29b.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Seder Plate - Nisan 15, 5774

This roasted shank bone represents the lamb
whose blood marked the houses of the children of Israel,
 signifying their obedience to God's command.

" --- Behold!  The Lamb of God who takes away
the sin of the world!"
John 1:29b.

" --- For indeed Christ, our Passover,
was sacrificed for us."
1 Corinthians 5:7b.

Charoset:   A mixture of apples, raisins, & nuts.
                It resembles the mortar with which our ancestors built Egyptian cities.

Karpas:  Parsley dipped in saltwater.
Spring is a season of rebirth and renewal.
It is the time when the earth becomes green with life.
The parsley represents life,
created and sustained by Almighty God.
The saltwater represents the tears
of Israel - enslaved by the Egyptians.

The roasted egg represents the Hagigah or
festival offering, which was the
voluntary peace offering.
Jesus Christ voluntarily offered Himself.
The egg, a symbol of life itself and
a triumph over death.

Maror:  The bitter herbs (horseradish),
symbolize the bitterness inflicted by the Egyptians.

Matzah:  The bread of affliction.
Three separate pieces,
(We see Father, Son, & Spirit)
representing the two traditional loaves
set out in the ancient Temple and
the third symbolic of the feast of Passover.
The middle matzah, is broken in half
for the Afikomen.

See the matzah - it is pierced.

"And I will pour on the house of David
and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem
the Spirit of grace and supplication;
then they will look on Me whom they pierced.
Yes, they will mourn for Him
as one mourns for his only son,
and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn."
Zechariah 12:10

Afikomen:  the "dessert" - the very last thing
to be eaten at the Seder. 
Once broken, it is wrapped and hidden -
for the children to find,
to be redeemed for a prize later.

"This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.
Then he took it down,
wrapped it in linen,
and laid it in a tomb that was
hewn out of the rock,
where no one had ever lain before."
Luke 23:52-53

"For as Jonah was three days and three nights
in the belly of the great fish,
so will the Son of Man be
three days and three nights
in the heart of the earth."
Matthew 12:40

Monday, April 14, 2014

PESACH - Nisan 14, 5774

The festival of Pesach, was instituted by God, first mentioned in the book of Exodus in the Bible. The seder observance of the exodus of the Jewish nation from slavery in Egypt was to be, not only, a remembrance of this great act of redemption, but also, a foreshadowing of things to come.  Once we recognized the finished work of Jesus Christ through His life, death, burial, resurrection and ascension, Pesach took on an even greater meaning. The ritual observance was the foreshadowing . . . but Christ is the substance.  We can see the Passover Seder perfectly illustrates the redemption He purchased with His own life's blood.  We see that it is more than just historical observance . . . it is, in fact, the rejoicing of every person that has experienced personal redemption through Jesus Christ.  Having embraced Him as Savior, we are freed  from slavery to sin.  This is the "telling" of the Lamb, slain from the foundation.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

CHAMETZ - Nisan 13, 5774


On the night before the Seder, the family
searches through the house for crumbs of leaven.

"Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread.
On the first day you shall remove leaven from your houses."
Exodus 12:15a.

The crumbs are found by the light of a candle
and collected with a feather
onto a wooden spoon.
They are put into a paper sack
and burned outside the house.

"Therefore purge out the old leaven,
that you may be a new lump,
since you truly are unleavened.
For indeed, Christ, our Passover,
was sacrificed for us.
Therefore let us keep the feast,
not with old leaven,
nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness,
but with the unleavened bread of sincerity
and truth."
I Corinthians 5:7-8

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Feast of Unleavened Bread - Nisan 12, 5774

Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread drew near, which is called Passover.  And the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might kill Him, for they feared the people.  Then Satan entered Judas, surnamed Iscariot, who was numbered among the twelve.  So he went his way and conferred with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray Him to them.  And they were glad, and agreed to give him money.  So he promised and sought opportunity to betray Him to them in the absence of the multitude.  Then came the Day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover must be killed.  And He sent Peter and John, saying, 'Go and prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat.'  So they said to Him, 'Where do You want us to prepare?'  And He said to them, 'Behold, when you have entered the city, a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him into the house which he enters.  Then you shall say to the master of the house, "The Teacher says to you, 'Where is the guest room where I may eat the Passover with My disciples?'  Then he will show you a large, furnished upper room;  there make ready.'  So they went and found it just as He had said to them, and they prepared the Passover.  When the hour had come, He sat down, and the twelve apostles with Him.  Then He said to them, 'With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer;  for I say to you, I will no longer eat of it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.'  Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, 'Take this and divide it among yourselves;  for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.'  And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, 'This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.'  Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, 'This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.  But behold, the hand of My betrayer is with Me on the table.  And truly the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom He is betrayed!'  LUKE 22:1-22

Friday, April 11, 2014

MESSENGER - Nisan 11, 5774

Like the cold of snow in time of harvest
Is a faithful messenger to those who send him,
For he refreshes the soul of his masters.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

DEAD END - Nisan 10, 5774

Now when the thousand years have expired,
Satan will be released from his prison
and will go out to deceive the nations
which are in the four corners of the earth,
Gog and Magog,
to gather them together to battle,
whose number is as the sand of the sea.
They went up on the breadth of the earth
and surrounded the camp
of the saints and the beloved city.
And fire came down from God out of heaven
and devoured them.
The devil, who deceived them,
was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone
where the beast and the false prophet are.
And they will be tormented
day and night
forever and ever.

Revelation 20:7-10

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Be Sober - Nisan 9, 5774

 But concerning the times and the seasons,
brethren, you have no need
that I should write to you.
For you yourselves know perfectly
that the day of the Lord
so comes as a thief in the night.
For when they say, 'Peace and safety!'
then sudden destruction
comes upon them,
as labor pains upon a pregnant woman.
And they shall not escape.
But you, brethren,
are not in darkness,
so that this Day
should overtake you as a thief.
You are all sons of light and
sons of the day.
We are not of the night
nor of darkness.
Therefore let us not sleep,
as others do,
but let us watch and be sober.
For those who sleep, sleep at night,
and those who get drunk are drunk at night.
But let us who are of the day be sober,
putting on the breastplate of faith and love,
and as a helmet the
hope of salvation.
For God did not appoint us to wrath,
but to obtain salvation
through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who died for us,
that whether we wake or sleep,
we should live together with Him.
Therefore comfort each other
and edify one another,
just as you also are doing.
I Thessalonians 5:1-11
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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Your Comforts - Nisan 8, 5774

In the multitude of my anxieties within me,

Your comforts delight my soul.

PSALM 94:19

Monday, April 7, 2014

Rain Down - Nisan 7, 5774

Rain down, you heavens, from above,
And let the skies pour down righteousness;
Let the earth open,
let them bring forth salvation,
and let righteousness spring up together.
I, the LORD, have created it.
Isaiah 45:8

Sunday, April 6, 2014

SCARLET - Nisan 6, 5774

'Come now, and let us reason together,'
Says the LORD,
'Though your sins are like scarlet,
They shall be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They shall be as wool.
If you are willing and obedient,
You shall eat the good of the land;
But if you refuse and rebel,
You shall be devoured by the sword';
For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.
Isaiah 1:18-20


If we say that we have fellowship with Him,
and walk in darkness,
we lie and do not practice the truth.
But if we walk in the light
as He is in the light,
we have fellowship with one another,
and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son
cleanses us from all sin.
If we say that we have no sin,
we deceive ourselves,
and the truth is not in us.
If we confess our sins,
He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins
and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
If we say that we have not sinned,
we make Him a liar,
and His word is not in us.
My little children,
these things I write to you,
so that you may not sin.
And if anyone sins,
we have an Advocate with the Father,
Jesus Christ the righteous.
And He Himself is the propitiation
for our sins,
and not for ours only
but also for the whole world.

1John 1:6-10 & 2:2

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For as the heavens are high above the earth,
So great is His mercy
toward those who fear Him;
As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed
our transgressions from us.
As a father pities his children,
So the LORD pities those who fear Him.
For He knows our frame;
He remembers that we are dust.
Psalm 103:11-14


Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven,
whose sin is covered.
Blessed is the man to whom the LORD
does not impute iniquity,
And in whose spirit
there is no deceit.

Psalm 32:1-2