I will take you as a nation...
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I will take you as a nation...
We now come to the fourth and final cup of wine for the Seder. This cup represents the fourth promise of the Lord “I will acquire you as a nation… I will take you to be my people, and I will be your God.”
Since Yeshua told his disciples that he would not drink the fourth cup but promised to do so with them in the coming Kingdom it is called the cup of Restoration. For this cup is to only be fully savored after all Israel shall be saved (i.e. restored). We pour the fourth cup of wine and recite portions of the Hallel prayer, praising the Eternal One for His kindness and grace to us:
O Israel, trust in the LORD! He is their help and their shield! O house of Aaron, trust in the Eternal One! He is their help and their shield! You who fear the Eternal One, trust in the Eternal One! He is their help and their shield!
I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation. The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. This is the Eternal One’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day that the Eternal One has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
As our Seder draws to an end, we once again take up our cups of wine. The Redemption is not yet complete. The fourth cup recalls us to our covenant with the Holy One, to the tasks that still await us as a people called to holy service, to a great purpose for which the people of Israel live: the preservation and affirmation of hope.
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ, אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, בּוֹרֵא פְּרִי הַגָּפֶ
Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech ha-olam, borei p'ri ha-gafen.
Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who creates the fruit of the vine.
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