Six items are on a Seder plate:
Haroset (or Charoset), reminds us of the mortar that
was used to hold bricks together, which the Israelite slaves used to
build with in Egypt.
Matzo cracker, bread made without yeast. The
Israelites were in a hurry to escape from Egypt, so they didnít have
time to add yeast * to their bread dough in
order to let it rise.
Parsley, is green and reminds Godís people that
everything that grows is a gift from God. The parsley is dipped into
salty water, then eaten, to remind Godís people of the tears they shed
while in bondage.
Horseradish, is a bitter herb to remind the
Israelites of the bitterness of slavery. (A little bit of horseradish is
eaten on a matzo cracker with the Haroset.)
Hard-boiled egg, is a reminder of the sacrifices
made by Godís people in slavery.
Lamb bone, reminds Godís people that a perfect
lamb was sacrificed for their sins. The lambís blood was then placed on the door frames of the
Israeliteís homes, so that the Angel of Death would, PASSOVER their
homes, and they would be saved from death, and able to escape slavery in
Today, when we celebrate communion, we are remembering
Jesusí last Passover Seder, the Last Supper before his death and
resurrection. Jesus brought new meaning to the Passover celebration when
he took the bread, the matzo, broke it, and said, "This is my body,
broken for you." Then he took the wine and said, "This is my
blood, shed for you." When Jesusí died, he became our Passover
Lamb. He has delivered us from our slavery to sin, and because he rose
from the dead, he has made it possible for us to live in Heaven
eternally with him! On that day we will celebrate another supper, the
Supper of the Lamb!
To make the Bricks & Mortar Treat you will need:
2-3 kinds of apples, cored and cut into quarters,
walnuts, honey, cinnamon, grape juice, matzo crackers, small zipper
baggies for each child, (double bagged), a plastic knife and spoon for
each child, something to crush the nuts with, such as a rolling pin or
Put a small handful of the walnuts into each baggie.
Zip shut. Gently pound the nuts to crush them into smaller pieces.
Give each child 1-3 slices of apple to cut into pieces, place the
chopped apples into the baggie, shake in a little cinnamon, add a
teaspoon of honey, and a splash of grape juice, then stir.
Using the matzo crackers as your bricks, and the haroset as your mortar, build a tower or a pyramid. As you eat your
yummy snack, remember that God delivered his people from slavery in
they had to build using bricks and mortar; and in the same way, God has
delivered you. No longer do you have to work to earn Godís favor.
God loves you, because Jesus has delivered you from sin! (John 3:16)
* Yeast, in the Bible, is
often symbolic of sin (See Matthew 26:26-29, 1Corinthians 5:6-8, Revelation
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