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Psalm 122:6  Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: may they prosper who love you. 



Psalm 132:13-18

For Adonai has chosen Tziyon, He has wanted it as his home.  "This is my resting-place forever, I will live here because I so much want to.  I will bless it with plenty of meat, I will give its poor their fill of food.  Its cohanim (priests) I will clothe with salvation, and its faithful will shout for joy.  I will make a king sprout there from David's line and prepare a lamp for my Anointed One.  His enemies I will clothe with shame, but on Him there will be a shining crown."

Deuteronomy 16:11

And thou shalt rejoice before the LORD thy God, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite that is within thy gates, and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are among you, in the place which the LORD thy God hath chosen to place his name there.

Pesach 2015


On Friday, April 3, 2015, the first night of Pesach, Beit Yeshua gathered in the Family Life Center to celebrate and observe our annual Passover/Pesach Seder.  With 200+ guests, this is our largest assembly of the year - and by far the most rewarding and enjoyable.
Low tables as well as regular seating is available at the annual Pesach Seder - with seating limited to 200
Display table with information about Pesach/Passover and Beit Yeshua
I'm always so blessed to see who the LORD brings to our Pesach Seder each year
and I thoroughly enjoy sharing some of the photos of guests that our photographers took
Thanks to Duke Peeler and Paul Miles
Early arrivals chat with one another as they wait for the evening to begin
(Left to Right) David Howard, Debra Bailey, Carolee Daroux, Connie Howard, Dave Green, Wane Daroux
Andy Melnyk chats with Francie Crowell
Some sat and talked while others wandered around the room waiting for 7:00
Center table - Nancy Shults, Jake Crisco and Rita Richards
(Left) Alex Childers, Brittany Pounder and Gloria Cunningham-McCraw, (Right) Nancy Shults and Carolyn Loftin
William, Lael and Ardella Rice with Bonnie Stanifer - Myrl Peeler with Dag Smith and Carolyn Angel
We were pleased to have five pastors with us for the 2015 Pesach Seder as well as leaders of ministries from several states including
(Left) Pastor Glenn Kerstetter from Pisgas Baptist Church, (Right) Vistation Pastor Dave Herbertson from Covenant Bible Church
as well as Pastor Bill Shupp from the River Church and Pastor Bill Carrier from Christ Commissioned Church
Tom Green, Dan & Mary Rhodes (Rick Crenshaw in the background)
Doug & Allie Morrison chat with Tim & Crystal Johnson while Kirk and Ann Herbertson look for their seats
(Left) Jane Melnyk chats with some of the young men that we had with us for the 2015 Seder - including Anthony Jimmison & Joshua Forthney
(Middle) James & Jennifer Hayes, (Right) Andy Melnyk chats with Ryo Takahashi (an exchange student from Japan)
It's not unusual to have numerous guest from countries other than the USA
Shofarot are sounded as the service begins
Everyone sings the Sh'ma and says the Blessing for Salvation in Messiah
Sh'ma Yisrael

Sh'ma Yisrael, Adonai Eloheinu, Adonai Echad.
Baruch Shem k'vod Malchuto, Le'Olam Va'ed

Hear, O Israel!  the LORD our GOD, the LORD is One!
Blessed be His Name and His glorious Kingdom forever and ever.
Blessing For Salvation in Messiah Yeshua

Baruch Atat Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Ha'Olam
Asher natan lanu et derech ha'Yeshua B'Maxhiach Yeshua.
Blessed be He!  Aman!

Blessed are You, Oh LORD our GOD, King of the Universe,
Who gave to us the way of salvation
In the Messiah Yeshua.  Blessed be He!  Amen!
Chuck Anthony welcomes and greets guests and recognizes pastors and ministry leaders
Cahty Hargett of Highway To Zion Ministries shares about our upcoming Evening Honoring Israel in July 2015
Paul Miles encourages everyone to get involved with a Jewish-Roots/Messianic ministry to learn more about the Jewish-Roots of Christianity
Curtis teaches the group some basic Hebrew words like, Yahweh (God), Yeshua (Jesus), Ruach Ha'Kodesh (Holy Spirit),
Pesach (Passover), Seder (the Order of the Service), Haggadah ("the Telling" or Text used at Pesach) and others
We want our guests to get involved in the congregational Israeli Folk Dance and
Pesach is the meeting where we are most effective in getting that to happen
Even the men are willing to get out and dance at Pesach as Curtis leads the group
Empty tables at this point of the service is a good thing
It means that guests have felt comfortable enough to get out and join in the dancing during Praise & Worship
"We worship Your Holy Name"
Yeshua said to His disciples, "“I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.” (Luke 22:15) 
The Seder Begins
Susan Miles leads the ladies as someone from each table lights the Pesach candles
Pesach Candle Blessing

Baruch atah Adonai Eloheynu Melech ha’olam,
Asher kidshanu bidevaro u’vishmo anachnu
madlikim haneyrot shel yom tov

Blessed are You, O Lord our God, Ruler of the universe,
Who has set us apart by His Word,
and in whose Name we light the festival lights.
One of Messiah’s last earthly acts was the celebration of the Passover
Gathering His disciples in a small room in Jerusalem, He led them in a Seder
I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians
I will free you from being slaves
I will redeem you with an outstretched arm
I will take you as my own people and I will be your God
At Passover we celebrate these promises of redemption and relationship by drinking from our cups four times
With each cup let us remember the union that the LORD desires

Blessing Over the Wine

Baruch atah Adonai Eloheynu Melech ha’olam borey pri hagafen
Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, who created the fruit of the vine

We wash our hands during Passover because we are priests before Yahweh and the table before us is His altar. 
Kara Jane Anthony asked the four questions
1. Why on this night do we eat only matzah?
2. Why on this night do we eat only bitter herbs?
3. Why on this night do we dip them twice?
4. Why on this night do we eat reclining?

On all other nights we eat bread with leaven, but on Passover we eat only matzah, unleavened bread.  As the children of Israel fled from Egypt, they did not have time for their dough to rise.  Instead, the hot desert sun baked it flat.  But even more than that, the scriptures teach us that leaven symbolizes sin.


During this Passover season, let us break our old habits of sin and selfishness and reaffirm a fresh, new, and holy life.


These three matzot are wrapped together for Passover.  There are various explanations for this ceremony.  The rabbis call these three a “Unity”.   Some consider it a unity of the patriarchs - Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  Others explain it as a unity of worship - the priests, the Levites, and the people of Israel.  We who know Messiah can also see in this the unique tri-unity of Yahweh – the Father, Yeshua – the Son, and Ruach Ha Kodesh – the Holy Spirit.  Three in one.

In the matzah we can see a picture of Messiah.  See how it is striped.  See how the matzah is pierced.
The middle piece of matzah is broken and shared.

Just as the middle piece of the bread of affliction is broken, Messiah, too, was afflicted and broken. 
One half is now called the Afikomen - the dessert.  It is wrapped in a white cloth just as Messiah’s body was wrapped for burial.

Blessing Over the Bread

Baruch atah Adonai Eloheynu, Melech ha’olam hamotzi lechem min ha’aretz.
Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, who brings forth bread from the earth.

On all other nights we eat all kinds of vegetables, but on Passover we eat only maror, bitter herbs. 
As sweet as our lives are today, let us still remember how bitter life was for the children of Israel in the land of Egypt.

As we scoop some bitter herbs (horseradish) onto a piece of matzah, let us allow the bitter taste
to cause us to shed tears of compassion for the sorrow that the children of Israel knew thousands of years ago
A little grape juice just might help with the after-effect of eating the horseradish on the matzah

On all other nights we do not dip our vegetables even once, but tonight we dip them twice.  We have already dipped the parsley into the salt water.  Now we dip the bitter herbs into the kharoset.

The children of Israel toiled to make treasure cities for Pharaoh, working in brick and clay.  We remember this task in a mixture called kharoset, made from chopped apples, honey, huts, and wine.  Let us once again scoop some bitter herbs onto a small piece of matzah.  But this time, before we eat, let us dip the herbs into the sweet kharoset.

We dip the bitter herbs into kharoset to remind ourselves that even the most bitter of circumstances
can be sweetened by the hope we have in God
Chuck Anthony, Paul Miles, Wane Daroux and Andy Melnyk tell the Passover story with selective Scripture readings

We fill our cups a second time.  A full cup is a symbol of joy and indeed on this occasion we are filled with joy at Yahweh’s mighty deliverance.  But let us also remember the great cost at which redemption was purchased.  Lives were sacrificed to bring about the release of Yahweh’s people from the slavery of Egypt.  But a far greater price purchased our redemption from the slavery of sin – the death of Messiah Yeshua.

As we recite each plague three times, let us dip a finger into the cup allowing a drop of liquid to fall, reducing the fullness of our cup of joy this night.

Blood, Frogs, Lice, Beasts, Cattle Disease, Boils, Hail, Locusts, Darkness, Death of the Firstborn
This roasted shankbone represents the lamb whose blood marked the houses of the children of Israel, signifying their obedience to Yahweh’s command
One of our young guests finds the Afikomen that has been hidden ...
.. and it is redeemed
Kara Jane leads the children in checking to see if the Prophet Elijah has shown up at the door for our Seder
... and our Seder in now complete - just as our recemption is forever complete
La’sha-na ha-ba’ah bi Yerushalayim
Next Year in Jerusalem

Zechariah 12:2-3,10

2“Behold, I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that causes reeling to all the peoples around; and when the siege is against Jerusalem, it will also be against Judah. 3“It will come about in that day that I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples; all who lift it will be severely injured. And all the nations of the earth will be gathered against it.

10“I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn.




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