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Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Afikomen

In the early part of the Pesach (Passover) Seder the rabbi, or head-of-household, will place three whole pieces of matzah into a three-pocket pouch, called a Matzah Tosh. This is to demonstrate echad (unity or oneness) between the Patriarchs:  Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  For believers, this would bring to mind the Trinity:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

The rabbi will then remove the middle piece of matzah from the pouch, break it in half, and place one half back into the pouch.  The other half, called the Afikoman - al-fee-ko-men - is wrapped in a piece of cloth and hidden.

Later in the Seder, at the time of the third cup, the Cup of Redemption, the youngest at the table is instructed to find the afikomen.  When he finds it, he gets a prize.

That middle piece of matzah (which is pierced, bruised, and has stripes - but is without sin) is taken out [of the presence of the Father].  Yeshua was broken for us on the cross. He was wrapped in a cloth, and placed in a borrowed tomb where He was hidden for three days.  On the third [cup] day, he arose from the dead to give all His children redemption from sin.

There is so much meaning in this one short segment, but the Seder experience is like this throughout the whole meal.

Pesach is Monday, April 18. Find a Messianic Seder being hosted in your community and experience the Seder for yourself.  It's amazing!

Chag Sameach! Happy Passover!

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