In O.T. Accounts At Last Supper and/or in Early Church In Rabbinic Tradition In Contemporary Judaism As Applied in the Church Today
BONDAGE AND EXODUS

God’s dealings with Israel — yearly celebration and remembrance (Ex. 12:24-27)

Freedom in Christ from Bondage of sin (Romans 6:18)

“In every generation let each man look on himself as though he himself came forth out of Egypt” (individuals to personalize the meaning of Passover)

In the Soviet era, the plight of Russian Jewry was seen as a counterpart to ancient bondage in Egypt. Reform Judaism especially has always related Passover to general hopes for freedom for all peoples.

God as Redeemer of lost humanity

THE LAMB

One of the 3 items to be eaten at the Passover meal (Ex. 12:8)

Christ is the Passover lamb (I Cor. 5:7)

No tradition because not eaten at Passover since destruction of the Temple in 70 A.D.

Among Ashkenazic Jews (those of Eastern European origin) chicken often substituted; Sephardic Jews (those of Mediterranean, Spanish, and Middle Eastern origin) may continue to eat lamb

Christ portrayed as “Lamb of God”

THE MAROR (Bitter Herbs)

One of the 3 items commanded in Exodus 12:8

May have been the “sop” which Jesus handed to Judas

Represents the bitterness of Egyptian slavery

Eaten at the contemporary seder; given the same significance as in rabbinic tradition

THE UNLEAVENED BREAD

One of the 3 items commanded in Exodus 12:8 (called matzo)

The body of Christ given in sacrifice (Luke 22:19);* Absence of sin (leaven) (I Cor. 5:8)

Represents the haste with which the Israelites left Egypt (they could not wait for their bread to rise)

Eaten at the contemporary seder and 7 days following in place of leavened bread; also year-round non-ceremonial use; given the same significance as in rabbinic tradition

Many churches use matzo as Communion element

* Some Jewish scholars believe the afikomen ceremony may reflect an early messianic symbolism. Many Jewish believers today see this ceremony of breaking, burying, and retrieving a piece of matzo as a picture of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection.

THE CHAROSETH (A sweet mixture of chopped apples, nuts, wine and cinnamon)

Another possibility for Judas’ “sop”

Represents the mortar used by the Israelite slaves to make bricks for Pharaoh

Eaten at the contemporary seder; given the same significance as in rabbinic tradition

THE CEREMONIAL CUPS

The cup before the Last Supper (Luke 22:17-18); The cup after dinner (Luke 22:20); The cup of blessing represents the blood of Christ (I Cor. 10:16)

Represents the four phrases in Exodus 6:6-7: “I will bring you out”; “I will deliver you”; “I will redeem you”; “I will take you to me for a people”

Four cups taken at the contemporary seder; given the same significance as in rabbinic tradition

One of the elements of Communion

THE KARPAS (Greens)

Probably eaten at the Last Supper, but not specifically mentioned (greens were a likely part of festive meals during that time period)

Dipped in salt water, they represent the lives of the Israelite slaves immersed in tears

Eaten at the contemporary seder; given the same significance as in rabbinic tradition