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Communion; The Bread…

In Communion, The Lord’s Supper, the eucharist (meaning thanksgiving, not transubstantiation), we have two elements present; the bread and the wine.  What kind of bread would the Lord have broken in “the last supper?”

Of course the answer can be found in the Jewish roots of our faith, and the time of the feast of Passover (and preparation for it, and the feast of unleavened bread) which Jesus and the disciples would have been in the midst of.  Would He have had a perfectly round, white wafer, such as the RC uses in their celebration of Mass?  Would it have been a big loaf of white bread, full of yeast as used in some churches?  No; it would have been Jewish Matzoh (AKA: Matzah, Matsah, Matzo, or Matza).

It would have been Matzoh specially prepared for Passover.  Matzoh is unleavened bread; bread with no yeast, or leavening agents.  Why is this important?  Well, first of all, yeast or leaven represents sin.  During the time leading up to Passover, Jewish families would purge all yeast from their houses.

Why else?  Because Jewish Matzoh paints a visual picture of Christ Himself, and it explains in more depth Jesus words; this is My Body.

Matzoh is unleavened, representing Christ as having no sin.  It’s appearance is striped, bruised, and pierced; as His body would become for us.  In the picture above, you can see the striped appearance, and the bruised appearance, and if you held a piece up to the light, you can see light coming through the piercings in the bread.

Within the Passover meal, there is a particular piece of Matzoh used (I’ll explain all the images in Passover a bit more at some later date), that is hidden, then taken out, and broken.  It was this piece of Matzoh that Christ would have blessed and broken.  The blessing would probably have gone something similar to this: Blessed art Thou, o Lord Our God, King of the Universe, Who brings forth bread from the earth.  If you hear the resurrection in this blessing, you are spot on!

Notice that the bread was indeed broken.  This bread is like a thin cracker and breaks quite dramatically.  It was all a visual of what Christ’s own body would go through for us; He would be bruised, striped by the cruel whips of the Romans, pierced by nails, and a spear…His body broken (not His bones, but His body, His flesh); He is sinless, as the bread is unleavened.  This bread is again, like a picture.

Now, does one have to use this bread in communion?  No, I don’t believe so; it should not be a legalistic issue.  However, it is a valuable lesson in our roots, and also why Christ chose that type of bread to represent His body.  (I also think it shows a stark contrast with the RC’s white, unpierced, unstriped, unbruised, and unbroken hosts that they choose to use in their celebration of the Mass.)

I do think that using Matzoh aids us in remembering Christ’s sacrifice, as we have a picture, or a type of Christ right before us while partaking…and after learning a lot of this from Levitt Ministries I do prefer to partake of Matzoh in communion when and where  possible.  Again the aim of communion is to “keep our eyes” on Christ, and remember Him.

If you are interested in obtaining some Matzoh, either for your church, or for home communion, or just for studying/eating, you can find it at larger grocery stores, or if you are like me and live in a very rural area, you can find “for Passover Matzoh” online.  Some Matzoh is cleared by Rabbi’s for Passover use, and some is not (just look on the box).  The difference is in how long it takes to make.  Often times you can only get Matzoh marked for Passover use around…well, Passover.  However, I’ve been able to find it online all year round.

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A look at Levitt Ministries…

One of my main purposes with this blog is to talk Apologetics.  There have been several ministries that have truly helped me in my faith, and learning the “meat” of the Christian message, which of course translates into better Apologetics.  Levitt Ministries is one of those.  Founded by Zola Levitt, a Jewish Christian, this ministry focuses on the Jewish roots of Christianity, and also on Israel; its history, current events, and role in Biblical prophecies.

After Zola passed away in 2006, Dr. Jeffrey Seif took over the teaching aspects of the ministry, and Sandra Levitt, Zola’s wife, stepped into the spotlight to help.  Their teachings on the Christian faith from a Jewish perspective bring scripture to life with deeper meanings that may not be so readily apparent to those of us not regularly exposed to Jewish teaching, and the Hebrew language.  The ministry has also raised my appreciation for Jesus’ (Yeshua’s) role as the prophesied Messiah, and has helped my understanding of many aspects and stories of the Old Testament.

If you are Jewish and are interested in getting a perspective on Christianity, their information; books, pamphlets, television shows, newsletter, etc… are an invaluable source.  If you are already a believer, and are looking to connect to others on the web that have the same interest, they have a lively forum where people can “gather” to pray for one another, fellowship, ask questions, keep up on the news out of the Mideast…

I’ve also had the privilege of seeing and hearing Sandra Levitt speak about Israel at a local church.  She is just as warm, vivacious, and passionate about these issues in person as she is on the television shows.  I haven’t had the opportunity to travel to Israel yet, but if I do, I hope to be able to go with Levitt ministries, as they offer various tours throughout the year.  They also have speakers available to come to your church to give talks about their ministry’s specialties.

One of the things I promised I would do when providing information about various ministries is let my readers know where I may differ with specific teachings.  When talking about Levitt Ministries, it is hard for me to come up with much; the only issues I have are slight variation of belief with certain details in prophecy (who will make up the 10 nation confederacy, for example) and with one of their longtime guests on the show; Dr. Gerald Schroeder.  Dr. Schroeder is a Jewish scientist that has an interesting theory about the Creation of the world.  He teaches how it is possible that Creation took both six literal days, and also millions of years, perhaps not a problem in itself, but it has implications for the series of events in Genesis, and the creation of man as well.  Having brought this up, I have to say that I do not judge a ministry based upon their guests, so I just mention it in passing; there is plenty of information on Dr. Schroeder’s theories out there on the web.

Levitt Ministries main website is: www.levitt.com If anyone has any questions about their ministry that I can answer, let me know, and I’ll do my best.  They are definitely worth checking out, and don’t forget to find out when their program airs on TV in your area, if you are interested (you can also watch certain programs online as well).  I will also add a post displaying a sample of one of their teachings.

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