Passover Haggadah, featuring Jesus the Messiah

PASSOVER SEDER

Our Messianic Haggadah

This Haggadah (or “Story”) was originally written by Rich Ronald for his family in 2000 with input from various teachings by Ilene Zatal, Ray VanderLaan, Martha Zimmerman, Don Finto, Mark Cowley, Dwight Pryor and James Bankowski. Additionally, portions have been directly excerpted from the booklet “Passover Seder Ritual and Menu for an Observance by Christians” by Barbara Balzac Thompson, published by Augsburg Publishing House, Minneapolis, © 1984.

Passover Celebration

SHE’MA

Shema Yisrael Adonai Eloheinu Adonai echad.  Ve’ahavta et Adonai eloheykha bekol-levavkha u’vekhol nafshekha u’vekhol me’odekha.

Hear o Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.  You shall love the LORD your God will all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.

WELCOME

Welcome in the name of Yeshua, Jesus our Messiah!  Tonight we will celebrate Pesach (pah-SACH)… Passover.  This is the celebration of the most incredible feast in the Jewish and Christian calendars.  It intricately weaves a story of God’s power, faithfulness and love for mankind in both the Old and New Testaments.  It was celebrated in the Ancient World, in Jesus’ time, and is still celebrated in traditional Jewish homes today.

The first Passover was not a celebration.  It was a night of apprehension, fear and expectation for the beginning of a new journey for the children of Israel.  The Word tells us that the Hebrews were to take the blood of a perfect lamb, and paint it on their doorposts.  By following this command, the Angel of Death which moved through Egypt that night would “pass over” their homes.  But since the Angel of Death did not pass over Pharaoh’s house, and his first born son was taken from him, his hardened heart was finally softened and the next morning Pharaoh let the Hebrew slaves go free.  This meal that we celebrate tonight, the Seder, is symbolic of the rush to leave Egypt and the bondage it represents.

We also celebrate the significance of Yeshua’s last meal, a traditional Passover meal, with His disciples in the Upper Room.  There is a lot of symbolism between the Old Covenant meal and the New Covenant meal.  We hope you’ll enjoy learning how Yeshua tied the two meals together… and how it is applicable for us all tonight.

Tonight, we tell a story, the Haggadah, of how the blood of a lamb saved the people of God in the Ancient times… and still saves today.

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Don Finto on “Dangerous Curiosity”

I am big fan of Don Finto, former Senior Pastor of Belmont Church in Nashville.  Don’s current ministry is focused on Israel and embracing Jews who embrace Yeshua as their Lord and Savior.  I have had the joy of traveling in The Land with Don twice. 

Don’s website is www.calebcompany.com.  What follows below is his most recent post.  It has nothing to do with Israel but everything to do with walking the faithful walk of integrity before our Lord, our ministry partners, our friends and neighbors.

“Lead us not into temptation.  Deliver us from the Evil One.”

“The thief comes to rob, kill and destroy.”

“Keep you eyes fixed on Jesus.”

May we all be encouraged to ignore the traps the enemy sets for us.

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Ronald Family Summer 2009 Reading List

 

Not sure that we’ll get through all of these… but we will try.  My teenage sons will earn $5 for each book read and reviewed.  I have sought out these recommendations (in random order) from a number of other men with sons to help bring a “well roundedness” to our Christian world view.  Of course there are many other great books out there… many of which we have already read.  This is the current book list…

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Childhood Memories…

Today’s staff meeting assignment includes a team icebreaker question to describe one of your most memorable experiences as a child.  In general, I had a very blessed childhood.  Three older sisters, mom and dad.  Our very close extended family included Grannie and Grandpa, Grandmother and our only aunt.  There were no cousins since my dad was an only child and my mom’s only sister never married or had children.  When the whole family got together it was just the ten of us. 

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