Our God is gracious and sovereign. He goes before us and beside us into all battles. We are in a spiritual and physical battle right now. It is a reflection of the chaos and fear that came with the plagues in Egypt before the great exodus of the Israelites.
Just as the Israelites prepared for Passover in their homes, we will too. The Lord told the Israelites to prepare their homes for what would be a great deliverance while the world around them was in an upheaval.
This historic event was the first Passover. Now, more than ever, this appointed time on God’s calendar is being recognized by many Believers. It is still relevant today. And it is a time that God is calling His people to take refuge under His wings of protection (Psalm 91). It is a time He is releasing healing upon the nations. And the Body of Christ must come together in unity.
“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.”—Psalm 133:1
The Israelites found safety under the blood of the Lamb, and so will we.
“And they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat it.”—Exodus 12:7 (emphasis added)
“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace…”—Ephesians 1:7 (emphasis added)
“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.”—Revelation 12:11 (emphasis added)
Let Us Keep the Passover Together in Unity!
The enemy always tries to keep us from putting our feet under the Father’s table in unity. But God’s plans prevail.
The Bible says…
- Passover is an everlasting ordinance to observe from generation to generation.
“So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance.”—Exodus 12:14
- We are brought into the commonwealth (citizenship) of Israel by the blood of Christ. Therefore, we now have access to their inheritance and covenant promise.
“…at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.”—Ephesians 2:12-13
- Let us not forsake gathering together.
“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”—Hebrews 10:24-25
The enemy thinks he can keep us apart, but we will trust and obey in God’s Word and place our feet beneath the Passover table because God has prepared a place for us in the presence of our enemies! (See Psalm 23:5.)
It is good and pleasant for us to dwell together in unity.
Let’s Prepare Homes and Hearts for Passover
Here’s the food you will need
- Matzah (Unleavened bread)
- Maror – Horseradish (One teaspoon per person is ample)
- Charoset – A mixture of apple, nuts, wine and cinnamon… or chunky applesauce will do. (We make enough for a heaping tablespoon per person)
- Karpas – Parsley (Just enough for everyone to have a sprig)
- Salt Water—Enough for people to dip their parsley into
- Grape Juice or Wine—Enough for each person to have 4 sips—you will also need 4 small cups or glasses per person
It is also traditional/symbolic to have a roasted lamb shank bone and a boiled egg on the table.
Are There Alternatives If I Can’t Find These Items?
We, being made in God’s image, have an opportunity to be creative. Allow the Holy Spirit to lead you to possible alternatives to the above list.
An Alternative to Charoset
For instance, you might use dates, figs, almonds, and honey to replace the apple, nuts, wine, and cinnamon for the Charoset.
An Alternative to the Karpas
Use kale or celery tops in place of the parsley for the Karpas.
Alternative to the Matzah
Any unleavened cracker in place of the Matzah, such as saltines.
Remember, the list of the suggested elements is merely representative of the Lord’s Passover table—He knows your heart…
Other Items to Help You Prepare for Passover in Your Home…
Seder Plates—Find Seder plates HERE, HERE, or HERE. The Seder plate holds six elements (or foods) listed above. Each element has a special significance to retell the Passover story, being the focal point of the Passover Seder.
Passover Haggadah—Purchase your copy HERE. The Haggadah is a collection of texts that, for centuries, have been used to guide the Passover Seder meal. Haggadah means ‘telling’ in Hebrew. The Haggadah booklet recounts the story of the Jewish exodus out of Egypt, and the Lord’s protective hand over His people.
Kiddush Cup—Find Kiddush cups HERE. This is the cup used to hold the Passover wine. Kiddush is Hebrew for sanctification.
Tallit—Find tallits HERE. Fringed garments are found all throughout history. God took this otherwise ordinary article and gave it to Israel with new significance, authority, and power. The true significance of the tallit is what it represents. It is a point of contact where we engage all of our senses and connect to the spiritual realm of Heaven. It is a place of togetherness with God.
Shofar—Find shofars HERE. A shofar is a ram’s horn. The Israelites used it as a battle cry before entering into battle (see Numbers 10:9). Believers can use them too, not merely for physical battles, but for battling in prayer. A blast from a shofar is a spiritual battle cry, harkening our spirit unto God’s, and even sending forth angels.
Anointing Oil—Find anointing oil HERE. The King’s Oil, made with the ingredients found in Exodus 30, is used in spiritual warfare as a tool to release God’s power and to destroy the yoke. It can be used when praying for others, or for anointing your home in the same manner the priests would have anointed items in the Tabernacle. This anointing process was and still is, a sign of sanctification or of setting something apart for God’s intended use and purpose.
What If I Don’t Have These Items?
That’s okay! The Father wants you to place your feet beneath His table anyway. While each item has great significance, not having one should not keep us apart. Again, let the Spirit guide you and get creative!
It is time to come together, no matter what we have or where we are. Don’t let the enemy keep us apart!
Here’s What to Do to Prepare for Passover in Your Home
Prepare your home and heart for Passover by…
- Gathering the items above. (Remember… don’t stress if you can’t find or don’t have an item! The Father’s invitation to place your feet at His table always stands.)
- Marking your calendars! Passover 2023/5783 is Friday, April 7th.
Let the Father release the blessings of healing the nations as we dwell together in unity!