"Don't think that I have come to abolish the Torah or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete."  Matthew 5:17

Kehilah Portland

 

A Messianic Jewish Synagogue

 
     
"However, to those of you who are Gentiles I say this: since I myself am an emissary sent to the Gentiles, I make known the importance of my work in the hope that somehow I may provoke some of my own people to jealousy and save some of them! For if their casting Yeshua aside means reconciliation for the world, what will their accepting him mean? It will be life from the dead!" Romans 11:13 - 15
   

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Kehilah Portland is a Messianic Jewish Synagogue located in South Portland, Maine and offers the following downloads:
 
 
 
Messianic Passover Haggadah
 
For our Passover Seder, we have created our own Messianic Passover Haggadah. The purpose for creating our own Haggadah was that we were not satisfied with the content, presentation or selection of other Haggadahs. We felt they did not flow well or were fully complete in their presentation of the Passover story. Our challenge was to find a Messianic Passover Haggadah that had what we were looking for. Unfortnately, each one we reviewed was missing something.

The result of our effort is a compilation of the best ideas found in other Haggadahs while including aspects that are important to the Passover story and Yeshua our Messiah, but were not always found in other Haggadahs.

Our Haggadah is Scripture intensive, using the Complete Jewish Bible by David Stern as our source. In our view, who better to tell Adonai's story than Adonai Himself, while in His Own Words.

This Haggadah offers both traditional and Messianic aspects found in the Passover Seder. Other benefits to this Haggadah include the following:

 
  • Large Print (11 font size)
  • Plenty of room to take notes
  • Information pertaining to the preparation for Passover
  • Blessings in Hebrew, English and / or transliteration
  • Four Questions in Hebrew, English and transliteration
  • Passover Story told using Scripture
  • Passover Story separated into 19 segments for individual participation (ideal for congregational seder)
  • Scripture references for each plague
  • Eliyahu Ha Navi (Elijah the Prophet) and his significance
  • First Fruits and Yeshua
  • The Kingdom - The Fourth Cup
  • Includes:
    • Dayanoo
    • Psalm 136 - Ki L'olam Chas'do (His Loving Kindness Endures Forever)
    • Hallel - Psalms 113 - 118
 
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January 1, 2013 through April 30, 2019

 
A common and I would say majority view of Passover by Christians and the Church is that of being irrelevant. Views include:
 
  • Passover is for the Jewish people only.
  • It has been done away with, in that it is part of Torah (the Law) and therefore is not important or relevant to believers.
  • It has been fulfilled by Yeshua, therefore we are no longer required to do it.

Interestingly, these views are changing as we speak. Yet, they are still a prevalent viewpoint, one of which is not supported by Scripture. From the beginning, Passover has always made a provision for non-Jews to be part of Passover, yet required circumcision for males in order to partake in the Passover lamb (sacrifice). This was significant because in order to do so, one had to be part of the Covenant that Adonai made with Israel. Likewise, the New Covenant, also made with Israel and the Jewish people incorporates Passover as well. Unlike, the first covenant that required physical circumcision in order to partake in it, circumcision of the New Covenant is of the heart and also makes provision for the non-Jew. We are not partaking in a specific lamb sacrificed at the Temple but recognizing Yeshua as the Passover Lamb that ratifies the New Covenant and its promises, building upon the promises of the covenant made at Sinai.

There is a heightened and growing interest in Passover among many Christians. Even though the tide is turning, there is still a long way to go.

Believers are beginning to realize who Yeshua truly is. He is not the Easter ham, Easter lamb or Easter bunny. Rather, He is the Passover Lamb who takes away the sin of the world, as identified by Yochanan in his Gospel (1:29). As such, there is a stark reality regarding Passover that can no longer be hid by a coverup that goes back 1,700 years, when church leaders instituted Easter as the "official representation" of Yeshua's resurrection, completely ignoring Scripture and submitting to anti-Semitism.

Scripture should in no way be ignored, considering Passover is identified 16 times in the Gospels while Easter cannot be found at all. Yet it is Easter that is identified as the time in which Christians recognize Yeshua's resurrection and not Passover. However, it is the Passover season, which includes the Feast of Unleavened Bread and First Fruits, conveys in its totality Yeshua's death, burial and resurrection. Unfortunately, it was man who changed the recognition of this Feast of Adonai and replaced it with the adaptation of Easter. I have written extensively about this in an article "Passover - Past, Present and Forever".

Unfortunately, this significant error continues to be taught to the Church, with many still accepting "as gospel" what they are told, yet disregarding Scripture.

What many Christians don't realize is just how important Passover is, not just to the Jewish people but to them as well. If Passover were only about the Exodus of the Jewish people from Egypt, then there would be no reason for them to celebrate it. However, since Yeshua has been identified as the Lamb of God and was put to death on Passover, recognizing this significance is more important and more relevant than any meaning attached to Easter. In order for Yeshua to offer Himself as the Lamb of God, if there was no Exodus as a result of the first Passover recorded in the book of Sh'mot (Exodus), there would be no redemption. For this reason the First Passover is extremely relevant for all Christians. The foundation of your faith and salvation are found nowhere else.

As such the Passover story is extremely important and should be told every year and to everyone Jewish and non-Jewish believer in Yeshua because it is a reminder of what Yeshua has done for us. In sharing this with Christians throughout the years, a strikingly profound and powerful thing has happened, that being a deeper devotion and relationship of believers as a result of a real and consistent narrative of the Scriptures that diminishes any and all contradictions.

"Your boasting is not good. Don't you know the saying, "It takes only a little hametz to leaven a whole batch of dough?" Get rid of the old hametz, so that you can be a new batch of dough, because in reality you are unleavened. For our Pesach lamb, the Messiah, has been sacrificed. So let us celebrate the Seder not with leftover hametz, the hametz of wickedness and evil, but with the matzah of purity and truth." 1 Corinthians 5:6 - 8

I question the common assumption that Sha'ul's Passover language used here is entirely figurative. I find it hard to believe that Sha'ul identifying Yeshua here as the Passover Lamb and it not referring to Passover is hard to believe. Sha'ul's writing style was very direct and intentional. Therefore, I see no compelling reason in the context to excise anything other than the plain sense (p'shat) from the phrase,"Let us celebrate the Seder." ("Therefore, let us keep this Feast" KJV). Reference to this verse in today's climate conveys an allegorical perspective rather than one that is a direct instruction conveyed to Corinthian believers. Instead, it seems that the early believers, Gentiles included, observed the Jewish feast of Passover (Pesach). As we will see, their service combined traditional Jewish Passover symbolism with new symbolism relating to Yeshua the Messiah's central role in Jewish and world history. Evidently the Corinthian congregation observed Passover without supposing that, as many of today's Christians might think, they were "going back under the Law." This mindset "of going back under the law" would arise later.

For our Passover Seder, we have created our own Messianic Passover Haggadah (telling). The purpose for creating our own Haggadah was that we were not satisfied with the content, presentation or selection of other Haggadahs. We felt they did not flow well or were fully complete in their presentation of the Passover story. Our challenge was to find a Messianic Passover Haggadah that had what we were looking for, including a comprehensive representation of Yeshua. Unfortunately, each one we reviewed seemed to be missing something.

The result of our effort is a compilation of the best ideas found in other Haggadahs while including aspects that are important to the Passover story and Yeshua our Messiah, but were not always found in other Haggadahs.

Our Haggadah is Scripture intensive, using the Complete Jewish Bible by David Stern as our source to tell the Passover story. In our view, who better to tell Adonai's story than Adonai Himself, while in His Own Words.

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