Passover at Home
In studying Passover more in depth, we have reached a deeper understanding of what is included in Passover. In the past, we have followed only the symbols given by Yahshua in the New Testament.
But if you look closely, you will see that the Passover meal was to be forever. They were to eat a meal of roasted lamb, bitter herbs and unleavened bread. And then in Exodus 12:14, it says, "And the day shall be a memorial for you, and you shall celebrate it as a feast to Yahweh, for your generations. You shall celebrate it as a law forever."
In Exodus 12:42, it is referred to as a "night to be much observed". The word "observed" carries the meaning of a watch, to guard, to keep a vigil. Of course, they did that the first year. They had to be alert and on guard to be sure on one accidentally wandered outside. It was a night of vigil.
Why haven't we done any of that? There is no Scripture telling us to change it; to leave out that part. So why did we? Aren't we to follow Yahshua's example? He and the disciples ate a Passover meal before He washed their feet and introduced the symbols of the bread and wine.
At the beginning of the 14th (just after sunset on April 2, 2004), the Congregation of Yahweh in Irving, for the first time, will begin the evening with the sharing of a meal. We will include some lamb, bitter herbs and unleavened bread in that meal. And as we eat it, we will remember and talk about the story of where this started and why.
You at home can do the same with family and/or friends. If you are alone, you can still have a meal and, with your Bible, review the history. Then follow that meal with the symbols Yahshua instituted; that you have made preparations for ahead of time.
Set aside a quiet place for conducting the service, with adequate seating and a little room for moving around. Bring into the room just enough unleavened bread - unbroken - for each person participating to have one small, bite-sized piece. It should be placed on a plate or serving tray and covered with a white napkin. There should be small glasses, one for each person, with two to three teaspoons of wine in each. Cover these also with a white napkin. Each person should have a basin with a little water in it, a small towel and a Bible.
The service should be opened with prayer. All reading can be done by one or shared by all. First read:
- Luke 22:7-20
- I Corinthians 11:17-26
After Yahshua and His disciples ate the meal, He exhibited a lesson in humility and service by washing the feet of the ones present with Him. Read:
- John 13:1-17
Take a few minutes to do the foot washing and then read:
- John 6:47-48
- I Peter 2:19-25
- Isaiah 53:1-9
- I Corinthians 11:23-24, 27-32
Uncover the unleavened bread and ask Yahweh's blessing on it, thanking Him for His Son that it symbolizes, who gave His body for us and received stripes for our healing. Break the bread into bite-sized pieces, pass it around, and allow everyone time to eat before going on. Re-cover any remaining bread. Then read:
- I Peter 1:18-21
- I Corinthians 11:25
Uncover the wine and ask Yahweh's blessing on it, thanking Him for the Yahshua who died in our place, whose blood was shed for the remission of our sins. Re-cover the glasses once again.
Read selections from, or all of, John 13-17.
Read Matthew 26:30 and end the service with any hymn that you wish to sing.
After Yahshua and the twelve sang a song, they went out into Gethsemane. There Yahshua went a little farther away to pray, leaving the others with the instructions to "watch" with Him. It was that night that was originally a night of vigil, and that is what He was asking of them.
This is something else we have not done in the past, but it is also to be a part of the celebration. So, for at least a little while, we will observe a vigil on that night as well.
Any wine that was blessed and not drank during the service should be poured out. Any remaining pieces of bread that was blessed should be destroyed. We have always burned it as that is what Yahweh instructed Israel to do with any of the roasted lamb that remained.