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Time to get the leaven out aka a christian girl raised with a Messianic Jewish papa

April 15, 2008



How blessed am I to have been raised by a loving Messianic Jew! I have wonderful Jewish family on my step fathers side. Most of which are more traditional Jews. My father came to His saving Grace. He accepted Yeshua as the Messiah that His people have been waiting so many generations when I was just a child. Because of this mixed heritage I enjoyed while growing up both Passover and Easter as well as Christmas and Hannukah.

I have always considered true Christianity as fulfillment of Jewish prophesy. We should honor our spiritual heritage (even if we don’t all have a Jewish step dad) πŸ˜‰

My parents used to host such beautiful sedars. I used to love to hear the prophesy and being told the story of the exodus again. It is a cherished childhood memory. This is a part of my heritage which i want to share with my children.

So, what exactly is Passover? One thing it isn’t is just an excuse to do that fly lady clean up that we have all been meaning to do. It also doesn’t have to be a boring ritualistic meal without meaning. But why is this night different than any other night? (Yes, I did just steal a phrase from my father’s passover haggadah)

This is a time of remembrance of God’s awesome grace towards the Jewish people during the time of Exodus. Quick. Who can name the ten plagues of the Exodus?
1 blood instead of water in the land of Egypt
2 Frogs flee the water and descend en masse onto the land
3 lice covers everything. (I am itchy just typing this)
4flies swarming
5 Death of Egyptian cattle
6Hail and thunder destroy the land. killing man and crops
7 boils
8 locusts
9 darkness consumes the land for 3 days
10 Firstborn children die

These plagues befell everyone in the land, except for those who had the blood of the sacrificial lamb on their door ways. Those households were passed over when the plagues hit.

Yes. Passover is a celebration when we remember that Jehovah saved those marked for death in the plague by the sacrifice of a perfect spotless lamb. It is through this sacrifice that the Jewish people were led out of Slavery into freedom and began their journey to the Promised land.

Exodus 12:27 (English Standard Version)
you shall say, ‘It is the sacrifice of the LORD’s Passover, for he passed over the houses of the people of Israel in Egypt, when he struck the Egyptians but spared our houses.'” And the people bowed their heads and worshiped.

The Passover account is a dramatic one. So telling how fearsome and loving our God is to his people.

Interesting Pesach resources
Traditional Sedar with torah explanations

Jews for Jesus article on Passover

pesach candle blessings

comprehensive wikipedia article on passover

I feel it is fitting to end this post with a messianic twist to the traditional Pesach candle blessing.

Messianic Candle Lighting

Blessed are You, LORD our God, King of the universe,
Who sanctified us with his commandments, and commanded us to be a light to the nations
and Who gave to us Jesus our Messiah
the Light of the world.

Next year in Jerusalem my Friends!

7 Comments leave one →
  1. April 15, 2008 11:05 pm

    Check this site out, hon:

    I think you’ll find it meaningful. I hope for us to have a nice Passover meal here. We’re not Christian or Jewish, but it’s a holy day regardless of religion. πŸ™‚

  2. zoanna permalink
    April 15, 2008 11:52 pm

    Wonderful post, Karen. I hope we can put a seder together here. Paul bought lamb and everything!

  3. April 16, 2008 3:52 pm

    I remember celebrating with your family one year. It was truly memorable and moving. Your family has such a unique heritage, and it was amazing to be involved (in a small way) in the traditions that really are our spiritual foundations.

  4. April 17, 2008 6:04 pm

    Our caregroup did one last night – the first one I’d ever been to. What an amazing experience.

  5. April 24, 2008 12:10 pm

    Ally, being that it is both my cultural and spiritual heritage, I hope to be able to have a sedar next year for my family. My hope is that God touched your family in a special way at your sedar meal.

    Maybe a sedar for our caregroup next year?? what do you say Zo,… up for it?? πŸ˜‰

    Libby, that was some of my most treasured memories… sharing a sedar meal with friends from the church. I am glad that it was memorable for you as well!!

    Leanne .. You have to give me the scoop on the sedar. I am sure that it was awesome!!! πŸ˜‰

  6. Jennifer permalink
    July 19, 2008 11:36 am

    I just wanted to say thank you. I don’t feel so alone. I am still stuck in the middle, but not so alone there. My dad married a jewish woman when I was about 11. I really have a huge consideration for it. I was brought up christian. It was never pushed on me. We did go to passover which I LOVED. We always got a silver dollar for the matzah. Now that I am older I am going to explore it more, but not with the blessing of most of my in-laws. Its an awful middle to be stuck in… I will definitely read your post more often. thanks again!

    We are going to a bat mitzvah next week and I am very excited for my daughter to have her first shabbat dinner. I can only hope she will love it too.

  7. July 22, 2008 3:18 am

    Hey Jennifer. Nice to be “stuck in the middle with you!!” I am glad you visited here.

    I pray that you and your daughter really “get” something from your shabbat dinner. May you find His Love and Understanding surrounds you both as the light of the Shabbat candles.

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