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Introduction

Miguel: Tonight we gather together to share the collective experience of the Hebrew people, whom God liberated from slavery in Egypt to become His own treasured possession. The traditional ceremony for remembering this deliverance is called the Seder, a Hebrew word that means “order.” During our Seder, we will eat special foods that help retell the story of the Israelites’ journey from slavery to freedom and we will see how Yeshua used the rituals of the Passover Seder to explain the meaning of His covenant by revealing His sacrificial role as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.

Daren: Retelling and remembering the great story of the redemption from Egypt is central to the holiday of Passover, though we as believers further understand Pesach to portray the universal deliverance given to the world through Yeshua the Messiah. Just as the blood of the Passover Lamb caused the physical plague of death to “pass over” the homes of the Israelites who trusted in God’s redemption, so the blood of Yeshua the Messiah, the great “Lamb of God,” causes the spiritual plague of death to pass over the homes of all those who likewise put their trust in Him. Tonight’s Seder is not just a retelling of an ancient story, but we are invited to experience the bitterness of oppression and the sweetness of deliverance so that we may glorify what God has done for us in the Messiah.

Introduction

Miguel: This day shall be for you a memorial day, and you shall keep it as a feast to YHWH; throughout all your generations, as a statute forever, you shall keep it as a feast.” - Exodus 12:14

Daren: “You shall observe this rite [of Passover] as a statute for you and for your children forever... And when your children say to you, ‘What do you mean by this service?’ you shall say, ‘It is the sacrifice of YYHWH's Passover, for He passed over the houses of the people of Israel in Egypt, when He struck the Egyptians.’” - Exodus 12:24-27

Miguel: “Remember this day in which you came out from Egypt, out of the house of slavery, for by a strong hand, YHWH brought you out from this place.” - Exodus 13:3

Daren: "May God help us take our place at His table, remembering our true identity in Yeshua the Messiah: “Clean out the old leaven that you may be a new batch of dough, since you already are unleavened. For Messiah, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed! Let us therefore celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” - 1 Cor. 5:7-8

Miguel: [Prays over the festival.]

Introduction

Miguel: We will now begin the Passover Seder as Michelle and Carolina light the candles while they recite the blessing together.

[Michelle will lead the blessing, first in Hebrew, followed by English. Please recite with her.]

[Women light the candles.]

Michelle: Barukh attah Adonai, Eloheinu melekh ha’olam, asher kideshanu be’mitzvotav, ve’tzivanu le’hiyot ohrle’goyim, ve’natan-lanu et Yeshua meshicheinu Seh ha-Pesach.

Women together: Blessed are You, LORD our God, King of the universe, who has sanctified us by His commandments and has commanded us to be a light unto the nations and who gave to us Yeshua our Messiah, the Passover Lamb.

Introduction

Miguel: In the center of the table, there is a special plate called the Seder plate. Each of the foods symbolize some part of the Passover story. This story is not only a story of physical deliverance from bondage; it is also a story of our spiritual deliverance. Every part of Passover paints the portrait of that redemption. There are three foods God tells us to eat on this night and other foods later added by men to help us remember Passover.

1. Karpas - The parsley symbolizes the growth and fertility of God's people in Egypt. This non-bitter vegetable is dipped into salt water representing the tears of slavery (Ex 1:7).

2. Charoset - The apple, wine, and nut mixture represents the mortar used by the Hebrew people to build the Egyptian cities (Ex 1:13-14).

3. Maror - The horseradish is a bitter herb that represents the harshness of slavery (Ex 1:13-14). This is one of the three foods God commands us to eat as we remember Passover.

4. Lamb shank - This symbolizes the korban pesach that was sacrificed unto God and whose blood was put upon the doorposts. While this is not the actual sacrifice, one day we will be gathered in Jerusalem for Passover and eat as we are commanded to do.

5. Matzah (unleavened bread) - This reminds us that the Hebrews left Egypt in a hurry, leaving no time for their bread to rise. This is the bread we are commanded to eat for seven days.

6.  Roasted Egg - Merely symbolic, the egg represents the time of the Temple where a "korban chagigah" (festival sacrifice) was given.  This was normally a meat offering. 

Introduction

Miguel: There are four times we will drink of wine or juice tonight, two times before dinner and twice after dinner.

You each have a wine glass that will be filled four times. These four cups represent four expressions of redemption mentioned in the Bible (Exodus 6:6-7). God tells Moses to tell the people of Israel, " I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from their bondage and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments; and I will take you to Me for a nation and I will be to you a God..."

Daren: The four cups represent the four expressions of redemption - bring, deliver, redeem, and take.

  • The first cup is the Cup of Sanctification - "I will bring you out of Egypt."
  • The second cup is the Cup of Deliverance - "I will deliver you from Egyptian bondage."
  • The third cup is the Cup of Redemption - "I will redeem you with My power."
  • The fourth cup is the Cup of the Restoration - "I will acquire you as My people."
Kadesh

The Cup of Sanctification

Miguel: Please stand for the Kiddush.

Everyone: Barukh attah Adonai, Eloheinu melekh ha’olam, borei peri ha’gafen.

Blessed are You, LORD our God, King of the universe, who creates the fruit of the vine.

Miguel: This first cup is the Cup of Sanctification. Sanctification means to be set-apart. We are setting apart this time to bring honor to God.

Remember how God set apart His people in Egypt. " Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out (set you apart) from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you..." (Exodus 6:6)

In the same way, God has redeemed us from sin and set us apart when we accepted Yeshua as our Lord. " God hath from the beginning chosen you to sal vation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth" (2 Thessalonians 2:13).

We will drink the cup while leaning to symbolize freedom, as a slave cannot relax while eating and drinking. You may be seated.

[Everyone drinks the cup of wine while seated, reclining on the left side as a sign of freedom.]

Karpas

Miguel: The karpas symbolizes the growth and fertility of the Hebrew people in Egypt, but it also reminds us of their great suffering. We eat karpas dipped in salt water to remember the tears that were shed during the time of oppression and slavery in Egypt. When you dip the karpas, shake off some of the salt water so that the drops will resemble tears...

Before we dip karpas into the salt water and eat, let us pause and recall the suffering of those still in bondage.

And now let us recite the following traditional blessing:

Miguel: Barukh attah Adonai, Eloheinu melekh ha’olam, borei peri ha’adamah.

Blessed are You, LORD our God, King of the universe, Creator of the fruit of the earth.

[Everyone dips the vegetable (romaine lettuce) in salt water and eats.]

Miguel: May we also remember the tears Messiah shed over His people...

Maggid - Beginning

Miguel: Ok, I hope you guys are reclining because this is the longest part of the Seder.

Deuteronomy 6: 20-23 says, " And it shall come to pass that your child will ask you, “What do you mean by this service?” And you shall tell him: “With a mighty hand, God took us out of Egypt...”

We are now ready to retell the story of our great redemption from slavery in Egypt. We cannot eat our Seder meal until the story of how we obtained our freedom is retold to our children with joy and gratitude. This part of our Passover Seder will include the following subsections:

1. The Four Questions

2. The Four Answers

3. The Story of our Redemption

4. The Cup of Deliverance

Now who will be the first child to read the first question?

[The first child (who can read) to volunteer may read first.]

-- Four Questions

Child #1 asks:

1. Why do we eat only unleavened bread on this night when all other nights we eat leavened bread?

Child #2 asks:

2. Why do we eat only bitter herbs on this night when all other nights we eat all kinds of vegetables?

Child #3 asks:

3. Why do we dip our vegetables twice on this night when we do not dip our vegetables even once all other nights?

Child #4 asks:

4. Why do we eat our meals reclining or leaning on this night, when all other nights we eat our meals sitting?

-- Four Children

Miguel: So why is this night different from all other nights? Well, because on this night, we celebrate one of the most important times in the history of God's people, when we went forth from slavery to freedom because of the mercy, love, and the great power of YHWH our God. But before we retell that story, let ’s answer the four questions:

1. Why do we eat the unleavened bread (matzah)? We eat the matzah for two reasons: first, to remember the bread of affliction we had to eat when we were slaves and second, to remember how our ancestors fled from Egypt in such a hurry that they did not have time for their bread dough to rise.

2. Why do we eat the bitter herbs? We eat them to remind ourselves of how our ancestors’ lives were bitter as slaves in Egypt.

3. Why do we dip our herbs twice? We dip karpas in salt water to remember the salty tears of the slaves, and also to remember how we crossed the salty waters of the sea. We also dip the maror in the charoset to remember how the bitterness of our slavery was made sweet by the hope for our freedom.

4. Why do we recline at the table? We recline tonight as a symbol of our freedom, for when we were slaves we could never recline in comfort.

Now let's begin the great story of our redemption...

-- Exodus Story

Miguel: This is a story of Passover. Listen carefully as you will hear where the name Passover came from.

Once upon a time, a long time before Yeshua lived, the Hebrew people, who believed in the one true God, lived in Egypt. During that time, there was a wicked king (Pharaoh) ruling over Egypt. Pharaoh was very cruel to the Hebrews. He made them into slaves and made them work very, very hard.

Pharaoh was very jealous and worried that one of the Hebrew boys may grow up and try to take over. So he ordered the soldiers to kill all the Hebrew baby boys.

One Hebrew mother decided to hide her very special small baby. [Pause and ask: Does anyone know who that baby was? Let one (or all!) of the children answer!] She put the baby in a basket on the riverbank so the mean soldiers wouldn't find him. Pharaoh's daughter went to the river and found the baby. She adopted him as her own baby and named him Moses, which means, "brought from the water" in Hebrew.

Moses grew to be a man. One day, he saw an Egyptian soldier hurting one of his Hebrew people and he killed the soldier. He wanted to help the Hebrew people, but he couldn't. He left Egypt and became a shepherd in a faraway land.

Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro, his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. While Moses was taking care of his sheep, he came to the mountain of God. There the Angel of God appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire, it did not burn up. So Moses thought, I will go over and see this strange sight - why the bush does not burn up. God called to Moses from within the bush, "Moses! Moses!" And Moses said, "Here I am."

God said, "Do not come any closer. Take off your sandals for the place where you are standing is holy ground."

Then he said, "I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob." Moses hid his face because he was afraid to look at God. God said, "I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of the land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey. So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Hebrews, out of Egypt."

Moses did not feel worthy, but God told him, "I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you - when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship Me on this mountain."

God told Moses to return to Egypt and free the Hebrew slaves, and lead them away from Pharaoh. Moses returned to Egypt, went to Pharaoh, and told him, "This is what Yehovah, the God of Israel, says: 'Let my people go so that they may hold a festival to me in the desert.'" But Pharaoh wouldn't listen.

Pharaoh said, "Who is this God, that I should obey him and let your people go? I do not know the LORD and I will not let your people go." Moses told Pharaoh if he didn't let the people go, great plagues would come upon Egypt. Pharaoh didn't listen and God sent ten horrible plagues.

-- Ten Plagues

Miguel:  Michelle was prepared a bag of"plagues" for the kids.  Will each of the kids help us remember the plagues by pulling out some of the clues from the bag?

1. Blood

2. Frogs

3. Lice

4. Flies

5. Death of livestock

6. Boils

7. Hail

8. Locusts

9. Darkness

10. Death of the firstborn

After nine of the ten plagues, God told Moses to tell all the Hebrew people that each man was to take a lamb for his family, one for each household. These were very special lambs. They had to be one-year-old males without any sickness, disabilities, or blemishes.

They were to kill the lambs and take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the door frames of the houses where they eat the lambs. That same night, they were to eat the meat roasted over the fire, along with bitter herbs, and bread made without yeast. They were to eat the lamb with their cloaks tucked into their belts, their sandals on their feet, and a staff in their hand. They were to eat in a hurry.

God said that on that night, He would pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn. When He saw the blood on the houses where His people were, He would pass over them. He promised He would not harm anyone who had the blood on the door that night while He struck Egypt.

That night, death came to all the firstborns of Egypt.

Pharaoh, all his officials, and all the Egyptians got up during the night, and there was loud wailing in Egypt, for there was not a house without someone who had died. During the night, Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, "Up! Leave - you and your people! Go, worship God as you have requested! Take your flocks and herds as you have said and go!"

The sad and frightened Egyptians insisted the Hebrew people hurry and leave the country. "For otherwise," they said, "we will all die!" So the people took their dough before the yeast was added, and carried it on their shoulders wrapped in clothing. The sun baked it into hard bread called matzah.

When Pharaoh let the people go, God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea. After 400 years of being enslaved, the Hebrews left Egypt.

By day, God went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night, in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night.

When Pharaoh was told that the people had fled, he and his officials changed their minds about them and said, "What have we done? We have let the Hebrews go and have lost all our slaves!"

Pharaoh took six hundred of the best chariots, along with all the other chariots of Egypt, with officers to go after the Hebrews. The Egyptians - all Pharaoh's horses and chariots, horsemen and troops - chased the Hebrews and caught up with them as they camped by the Red Sea.

As Pharaoh got closer, the Hebrews looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to God. Moses told the people, "Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance God will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today, you will never see again. Yehovah will fight for you; you need only to be still."

Then God said to Moses, "Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that My people can go through on dry ground."

The Angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel's army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them, coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel. Throughout the night, the cloud brought darkness to the one side and light to the other side, so neither went near the other all night long.

Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea and all that night, God drove the sea back and turned it into dry land. The Hebrews went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.

The Egyptians chased after them, and all Pharaoh's horses, chariots, and horsemen followed them into the sea. God looked down from the pillar of fire and cloud at the Egyptian army and threw it into confusion. He made the wheels of their chariots come off so that they had difficulty driving. And the Egyptians said, "Let's get away from the Hebrews! God is fighting for them against Egypt!"

Then God said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may flow back over the Egyptians and their chariots and horsemen." Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at daybreak, the sea went back to its place. The Egyptians were fleeing toward it and God swept them into the sea. The water flowed back and covered the chariots and horsemen - the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed the Hebrews into the sea. Not one of them survived.

Can you see the symbolism of the first Passover and Yeshua? When John the Baptist was baptizing people and he saw Yeshua coming, he said, "Behold! The Lamb of God." That was a very special thing to say.

The entire Passover story was a foreshadowing, a picture of the coming of the Messiah.

-- Cup #2 & Dayenu

Miguel: At this time, let us look at the lamb shank on the Seder plate and recall how Yeshua our Messiah is the true Passover Lamb of God, our beloved Savior.

Hinnei Seh ha’Elohim ha’nosei et-chatat ha’olam!

Everyone: Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

Daren: We are now finally ready to drink the “Cup of Deliverance.” This cup recalls God’s second promise made to our ancestors: “I will deliver you from slavery.” Let us then give thanks to YHWH our God for saving the Israelites from Egypt and for delivering us from our personal bondage to the evil one by the shed blood of the Lamb of God. Let us lift our hearts to God in thanks for His salvation as we recite the blessing:

Everyone: Barukh attah Adonai, Eloheinu melekh ha’olam, borei peri ha’gafen.

Blessed are You, LORD our God, King of the universe, who creates the fruit of the vine.

[Everyone drinks their cup.]

Miguel: Of all the blessings we will recite this night, surely one of the most important is to thank God for the way of salvation given to us in His Son Yeshua, the great Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Let us recite the following Hebrew blessing that offers thanks and praise to YHWH our God.

Barukh attah Adonai, Eloheinu melekh ha’olam, asher natan la nu et derekh ha’yeshuah ba’mashiach Yeshua barukh hu. Amen.

Everyone: Blessed are You, LORD our God, King of the universe, who gave to us the way of salvation through the Messiah Yeshua, blessed be He. Amen.

Motzi-Matzah

Daren: (holding the matzah) This bread is called unleavened bread or matzah. See how flat it is; it is unleavened. The Hebrews had to leave very fast and they were unable to wait for their bread to rise. It is the bread of affliction that our fathers ate in the land of Egypt.

In the Bible, leavening is a symbol of sin, so unleavened bread is a symbol of having no sin. This bread is also a portrait of Yeshua, who had no sin. He is the Bread of Life. Yeshua said, "I am that bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall life forever: and the bread that I give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world" (John 6:48-51).

The unleavened bread represents our Messiah, who also was broken, wrapped up in cloth, buried and brought forth again as the bread brought forth from the earth.

I break the bread to represent that Yeshua was broken for us. I will wrap it in linen, just as Yeshua was wrapped in linen for his burial

Miguel: Now we will partake of the bread as Yeshua did during his last meal. "And he took bread, and gave thanks, and broke it, and gave unto them, saying, 'This is my body, which is given for you: do this in remembrance of me." First we will recite the familiar blessing over the bread. Then, we will recite the blessing over the matzah.

Barukh attah Adonai, Eloheinu melekh ha'olam, ha'motzi lechem min ha'aretz.

Everyone: Blessed are You, LORD our God, King of the universe, who brings forth bread from the earth.

Miguel: Now we are ready to recite the special blessing over the matzah, which will mark the beginning of our observance of the seven day festival of Unleavened Bread, recalling our first week after the great deliverance from bondage in Egypt.

Barukh attah Adonai, Eloheinu melekh ha'olam asher kideshanu be'mitzvotav ve'tzivanu al achilat matzah.

Everyone says: Blessed are You, LORD our God, King of the universe, who sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to eat matzah.

[Everyone now eats a small portion of matzah.]

Motzi-Matzah

Miguel: We have now had our first taste of matzah for the seven-day holiday called Chag HaMatzot, the “Feast of Unleavened Bread.” God clearly stated that we were to eat this bread, the “bread of affliction,” to commemorate the Exodus from Egypt:

"The Egyptians were urgent with the people to send them out of the land in haste. For they said, “We shall all be dead.” So the people took their dough before it was leavened, their kneading bowls being bound up in their cloaks on their shoulders." - Exodus 12:33-34

We are to remember how the Israelites ate only matzah from the time they left Egypt on Passover day until the day they crossed over the sea seven days later and left Egypt forever behind them:

"Remember the day in which you came out from Egypt, out of the house of slavery, for by a strong hand the Lord brought you out from that place. No leavened bread may be eaten. Seven days you shall eat matzah, and on the seventh day there shall be a feast to the Lord." – Exodus 13:3,6

There is a connection between leaven (chametz) and Egypt. Apparently the Egyptians invented the idea of fermentation (yeast) for use with bread, and such bread was even used as a form of currency in their economy. Leaven therefore represents the “rich man’s bread” - that is, the bread eaten by the taskmasters who oppress and exploit others for their own lusts. Leavened bread is the food of this evil world of which we are to be purged. Leaven (yeast) produces fermentation, which is a natural process of decay. The sages identify leaven with the yetzer hara, the evil impulse that gives “rise” to lusts of the flesh and the pride of life. Yeshua was completely without sin, entirely “unleavened,” that is, free from the curse of death and its corruption. He was not “puffed up” by sin but was “a lamb without spot or blemish” given for our Passover sacrifice (1 Pet. 1:19). Moreover, after He was buried, Yeshua did not suffer the natural process of corruption (i.e., decomposition of the body). His body did not “return to dust” - the very curse given to Adam and Eve. As the “Second Adam,” Yeshua’s death “reversed the curse” by killing the power of sin and death through the sacrifice of Himself (Heb. 9:26). The Apostle Paul instructed us to “purge out the old leaven” to keep the feast of Passover (1 Cor. 5:7-8), which means that we are to live in purity and separation from the corrupting influence of sin in our lives. Since we have been made “unleavened” (pure) by the sacrifice of Yeshua, our lives should reflect the inner purity of His heart.

Does this mean that we are supposed to flagellate ourselves in repentance? No, because unleavened bread is called the “bread of affliction” (i.e., lechem oni, literally, “bread of humiliation” or “bread of humility”). Partaking of this bread means humbly identifying with the suffering and afflictions that Yeshua performed on your behalf.

Daren: As the prophet Isaiah wrote about the Messiah:

"Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.” – Isa. 53:4-5

In other words, matzah represents the bread of His afflictions, not our own. We do not become sanctified, in other words, by afflicting ourselves, but rather by sincerely trusting in the afflictions that Yeshua endured on our behalf. Just as we are saved by God’s grace through faith, so are we sanctified . Sanctification is a work of the Holy Spirit in our lives just as miraculous as regeneration itself (1 Cor. 6:11). We do not earn merit before the LORD through performing “good deeds” (Titus 3:5-6), but rather by humbling ourselves and trusting in the Messiah for righteousness (John 6:28-29). “It is finished.” Unleavened bread, then, signifies our identification with the LORD in his humility and afflictions, but it does not mean attempting to effect our own sanctity by means of self-styled affliction. We are sanctified by God’s grace, not by outward shows of religion. Remember that all the “oughts” (i.e., commands) of the New Covenant are directed to the truth of who you are “in the Messiah,” that is, by virtue of His connection to you, and not to your former life and identity as a slave in Egypt.

Allow me to make a few additional comments about unleavened bread. Unlike leavened bread that relies on an “outside” agency (i.e., yeast), unleavened bread is simple and pure: just add flour and water, mix and bake. Second, in ancient times, the leavening process usually involved adding a pinch of soured dough to the mix (se’or), but unleavened bread has no “history” that is brought into its creation. It’s therefore an entirely “new lump,” not using material from the past. It is free, in other words, from the effects of the curse of previous decay. Leavening therefore represents our connection with our past lives (when we were living apart from God). Another way to say this is that unleavened bread represents an abrupt break with the past brought about through a lack of previous labor or human design.

After all, salvation is from the LORD (Psalm 3:8). God delivered the ancient Israelites from slavery, just as God delivers us from the slavery to our sins. Eating unleavened bread – the “bread of affliction” – is really to eat the bread of His affliction – and therefore functions as a memorial to our own powerlessness to effect righteousness. It is eaten “in haste,” that is, not the result of human ingenuity or planning. It is a commemoration that salvation is the work of the LORD, rather than a work of our own.

The idea that we can merit our own righteousness before God, that we are self-sufficient and do not need a Savior, is something Yeshua regarded as a form of “spiritual leaven.” It is only when the ego is deflated (i.e., “unleavened”) that we are able to discern the truth of our inward condition. As it says in Scripture, knowledge “puffs up,” but love builds up.

Maror

Miguel: The next step in our Seder is to eat some bitter herbs (maror) to remember the bitter afflictions of our people. Let us now take some matzah and dip it into the maror.

Barukh attah Adonai, Eloheinu melekh ha'olam, asher kideshanu be'mitzvotav ve'tzivanu al achilat maror.

Everyone: Blessed are You, LORD our God, King of the universe, who has sanctified us by His commandments and commanded us to eat maror.

[Everyone eats the matzah with horseradish after the blessing is recited.]

Koreich

Daren: Now we will eat the bitter herbs on the matzah again, this time with the charoset. The charoset symbolizes the mortar used by the Hebrews in building during their slavery. This mixture symbolizes how the sweetness of Yeshua can overcome bitter sin.

[Everyone eat the matzah, bitter herbs, and charoset.]

Shulchan Oreich

Miguel: It's now time to eat our meal. Lets us pray:

Barukh attah Adonai, Eloheinu melekh ha’olam, asher kideshanu be’mitzvotav ve’tzivanu al achilat pesach.

Everyone: Blessed are You, LORD our God, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to eat the Pesach.

Miguel: [Prays over the meal.]

Help us, God, to remember the two stories of how you give freedom to your people, first the freedom from Egypt, and now our freedom from spiritual bondage through your precious son, Yeshua.

[Everyone enjoy the Passover dinner.]

Bareich

Miguel:  I hope you have enjoyed your Passover meal, dear friends, but we must finish our Seder. Thank you to all who helped prepare this wonderful dinner we’ve enjoyed! Now it is time to partake of the third cup, the "Cup of Redemption", but before we do so, we will offer thanks to LORD our God for the meal we have shared together, and to remember that food is a gift from God’s altar of which we partake:

Barukh attah Adonai, Eloheinu melekh ha’olam, hazan et ha’olam kulo betuvo, be’chen be’chesed, uvrachamin. Hu noten lechem lekhol basar, ki le’olam chasdo. Uv’tuvo ha’gadol tamid lo chaser lanu, ve’al yechsar lanu mazon le’olam va’ed, be’avur shemo ha’gadol. Ki hu El zan um’farnes lakol, umetiv lakol, u’mekhin mazon lekhol beriyotav asher bara. Barukh attah Yehovah, hazan et ha’kol. Amen.

Blessed are you, LORD our God, King of the universe, who nourishes the whole world in goodness, with grace, kindness, and compassion. He gives bread to all flesh, for His love endures forever. And through His great goodness we have never lacked, nor will we lack food forever, for the sake of His great Name. For He is God, who nourishes and sustains all, and does good to all, and prepares food for all His creatures which He created. Blessed are You, LORD our God, who nourishes all. Amen.

Daren: The third cup recalls God’s promise given to Israel: “I will redeem you with an outstretched arm,” and therefore it is called the “Cup of Redemption” or the “Cup of Blessing.” It was this cup that Yeshua took to symbolize His great sacrifice for us as the true Lamb of God:

"And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” -Matt. 26:27-28

"For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes." – 1 Cor. 11:26

The Mishnah says the wine in this cup recalls the shed blood of the lamb that was applied to the doorposts in Egypt, causing the plague of death to pass over. Similarly, Yeshua associated this cup with the blood He would shed on the cross, causing death to “pass over” those trusting in Him. This is the cup of the new covenant, that is, God’s new agreement to regard all those who trust in the death of the Messiah for the forgiveness of their sins to be justified and made right with Him. Of Yeshua, it is said, “The Messiah our Redemption” (1 Cor. 1:30).

Miguel: Let us again be silent for a moment. Close your eyes and hold this cup in your hands. This Cup of Redemption represents God’s New Covenant, and the very blood of Yeshua that was shed for the forgiveness of your sins on the cross.

Let us recite the traditional blessing, and then drink this cup full of assurance that we are a accepted and beloved by our Lord:

Everyone: Barukh attah Adonai, Eloheinu melekh ha’olam, borei peri ha’gafen.

Blessed are you, LORD our God, King of the universe, Creator of the fruit of the vine.

[Everyone drinks their cup.]

Hallel

Miguel: All that’s left for our Seder is to offer our praise and thanks to Adonai our God of Israel for the gift of His deliverance given to us in Yeshua, the great Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.

“He emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, born in the likeness of men, and humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the Name that is above every Name, so that at the Name of Yeshua every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Yeshua the Messiah is LORD, to the glory of God the Father.” – Phil. 2:7-11

Worthy is the Lamb! In the world to come, we will sing of the Great Passover of Messiah that was foretold by Moses and fulfilled by the outstretched hands of Yeshua, our Lord and Savior. Let us now join the great heavenly chorus of angels and those who have gone before us, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, who are saying with a loud voice:

Navah la’Seh ha’ta vu’ach la’kachat oz, ve’osher, ve’chokhmah, u’gevurah, ve’hod, ve’hadar, uv’rakha.

Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing (Rev. 5:12)!

[We sing Revelation Song & Forever]

"Revelation Song"
 

Worthy is the,
Lamb who was slain
Holy, Holy, is He
Sing a new song, to Him who sits on
Heaven's Mercy Seat
[Repeat 2x]

[Chorus:]
Holy, Holy, Holy
Is the Lord God Almighty
Who was, and is, and is to come
With all creation I sing:
Praise to the King of Kings!
You are my everything,
And I will adore You…!
Yeah!

Clothed in rainbows, of living color
Flashes of lightning, rolls of thunder
Blessing and honor, strength and
Glory and power be
To You the Only Wise King,
Yeah

[Repeat Chorus:]

Filled with wonder,
Awestruck wonder
At the mention of Your Name
Jesus, Your Name is Power
Breath, and Living Water
Such a marvelous mystery
Yeah...

[Chorus:]
Holy, Holy, Holy
Is the Lord God Almighty
Who was, and is, and is to come,
With all creation I sing:
Praise to the King of Kings!
You are my everything,
And – I - will - adore YOU…

[Chorus (Repeat at a cappella)]

Come up lift up His Name
To the King of Kings…
We will adore YOU Lord…
King of heaven and earth
King Jesus, King Jesus
Aleluya, aleluya, aleluya!
Majesty, awestruck Honor
And Power and Strength and Dominion
To You Lord,
To the King, to King
To the King of Glory

[Chorus (Repeats)]

"Forever"
The moon and stars they wept
The morning sun was dead
The Saviour of the world was fallen
His body on the cross
His blood poured out for us
The weight of every curse upon him

One final breath he gave
As heaven looked away
The son of God was laid in darkness
A battle in the grave
The war on death was waged
The power of hell forever broken

The ground began to shake
The stone was rolled away
His perfect love could not be overcome
Now death where is your sting?
Our resurrected King
Has rendered you defeated

Forever he is glorified
Forever he is lifted high
Forever he is risen
He is alive, He is alive!

The ground began to shake
The stone was rolled away
His perfect love could not be overcome
Now death where is your sting?
Our resurrected King
Has rendered you defeated

Forever he is glorified
Forever he is lifted high
Forever he is risen
He is alive, He is alive!

We sing hallelujah
We sing hallelujah
We sing hallelujah
The Lamb has overcome

We sing hallelujah
We sing hallelujah
We sing hallelujah
The Lamb has overcome

Forever he is glorified
Forever he is lifted high
Forever he is risen
He is alive, He is alive!

You have overcome
You have overcome
You have overcome
You have overcome

Hallel

Miguel: Let’s now joyfully drink from the fourth cup, the "Cup of Restoration." We drink this cup in anticipation of the coming day when we shall do so with our Lord and Savior, Yeshua, the great King of kings, and Lord of lords. Of Yeshua it is said, “The Messiah our wisdom” (1 Cor. 1:30).

Kos yeshu’ot essa, uv’shem Adonai ekra.

“I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the Name of the LORD.” - Psalm 116:13

This cup represents our great hope that soon the Messiah will return for us, and soon He will fulfill the kingdom promises given to His people. In that great day, all Israel shall be saved and we shall reign with Him in the millennial kingdom of God upon the earth. Let us all recite the blessing:

Everyone: Barukh attah Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha’olam, borei peri ha’gafen.

Blessed are You, LORD our God, King of the universe, Creator of the fruit of the vine.

Daren: For the LORD himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the shofar blast of God: and the dead in Messiah shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the LORD in the air: and so shall we ever be with the LORD.’’ - 1 Thess. 4:16-17

Nirtzah

Miguel: Our Passover Seder is now complete; its customs and laws fulfilled.

God, grant us peace that we, each one of us, may do as You will. O pure and Holy One, raise up the lowly and make us free; replant in Zion in love Your vine branch, near to You. Fulfill, O LORD, the desires and requests of Your servants, and grant us in this world knowledge of Your truth, and in the world to come, everlasting life. May You, who has broken Pharaoh’s power and set Israel free, soon crush Satan under our feet. O Lord, speedily, and in our days.

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

Closing blessing:

“Now to the One who is able to keep you from falling, and to cause you to stand, rejoicing, without blemish before His glorious presence, to the only God our Savior through Yeshua the Messiah, our Lord and great Lamb of God, be glory, majesty, power, and authority, before all time, and now, and for all eternity. Amen.”