EASTER 2010 (Passover)
Another Easter is approaching, and sometimes it is difficult for pastors and teachers to preach and teach with wisdom, passion and integrity during these most important times in the Christan calendar.
After all – we have all preached on the cross and resurrection before.
How can our hearts be kindled again to preach and teach with passion?
Prayer and meditation on the Scripture are the most useful disciplines to start with, but I am also helped a lot by reading great sermons and books on these topics.
This Easter I am reading a couple of books that I recommend (the first one is highly recommended!!!): Scandalous: The Cross and Resurrection of Jesus (by Don Carson), and Living the Resurrection: The Risen Christ in Everyday Life (by Eugene Peterson).
If you do not have time to read both – read the first one. You should be kindled!
And here is some basic information on the Hebrew/OT background on PASSOVER (received from HebrewOnline):
Passover (פֶּסַח) is the holiday that commemorates the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt after long years of slavery. During this holiday we celebrate our freedom in various symbolic ways. The Torah commands us to tell the story of the Jewish liberation from slavery in Egypt, so that each generation will learn and appreciate the strength and kindness of G-d, and will know how our nation evolved. To fulfill this obligation, Jewish people all around the world hold a ritual feast called Leyl Haseder (לֵיל הַסֵּדֶר), in which we read the Haggadah (הַגָּדָה) – the story of the Jewish liberation from slavery in Egypt.
The Holiday of Passover is celebrated for seven days. Leyl Haseder is held on the first evening, the 15th of the Hebrew month of Nisan (ט”ו בְּנִיסָן), which falls this year on March 29th. In the Diaspora, it is also held on the second night (March 30th, 2010).
One of the most important figures of the story of Exodus story is Moses (מֹשֶׁה) – the leader and prophet, who communicated G-d’s words and miracles to the Children of Israel and to the world. Interestingly enough, his name is mentioned only once or twice in the Hagadah. The most common explanation for this minimal recognition of his role is the idea that the deliverance from Egypt was purely a divine project.
Blessings and Easter JOY,