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Matthew 26:26-28 “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you.”
Jesus’ final meal with His disciples was the Jewish celebration of the Passover meal. Historically, there were six different food items and four cups of wine included in the Passover.
Bitter herbs were consumed to represent the bitterness of slavery the Israelites experienced in Egypt. A mixture of nuts, apples and spices to represent the mud the Israelites used for buildings in Egypt. Another vegetable, this one dipped in salt water to represent the tears the Israelites experienced in slavery. Lamb, a symbol of the blood the Israelites spread around their doorframes for protection on the night of Passover. A roasted egg, eaten to symbolize mourning. The bread, used to symbolize God’s provision for His people.
As for the various cups of wine, the third cup symbolizes God redeeming His people. The act of redemption was to reclaim His people as His own. It was likely this third cup of wine and the bread, which Jesus references in the Last Supper.
READING & PRAYERS:
MATTHEW 26:17-30, JEREMIAH 31:31-34 (also read the commentary notes in your Study Bible of choice.)
QUESTION: The Passover meal was heavy on symbolism about the Israelites freedom from slavery and God’s provision in their lives. In what ways can you worship God today for His deliverance from sin and death and His provisions in your life?
REAL LIFE PRACTICE: Are you overcommitting? Practice slowing down and living life at the pace of your soul by utilizing the One Minute Pause app at least twice daily. The app is free, and is available on iPhone and Android devices.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, today’s reading has helped me realize that the Passover Meal was so much more than bread and wine. There is rich symbolism regarding God bringing His people out of slavery, forced to meet the needs and desires of others. This week, help me to live in the complete and total freedom You have provided Your people. Not the freedom to do what I want, but the experience of freedom from the consequences of sin and death. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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