This morning, we dedicate this child, Enoch Jedidiah Eby, to the care and watchful Hand of our Lord Jesus. May his life be filled with expressions of Faith in his God and Creator. We dedicate him to God’s love. May the Father of our Lord Jesus fill him with His Holy Spirit so that Enoch will live a life of trust.
We also pray a prayer of dedication to you, his parents. It is our prayer that you too will support this child in the teaching of the Grace of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus. In His Name, Amen.
23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night He was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 25 In the same way, after supper He took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes."
Preparations for the holiday begin many days, sometimes many weeks in advance. Everything in the home is scrubbed and polished. Carpets are shampooed or steam cleaned, floors are scrubbed, fresh curtains are hung, drawers are cleaned out, furniture is moved, mattresses are overturned, pockets of garments are turned inside out and shaken clean. While this might seem a bit excessive to some, cleaning for the Passover is the most thorough spring cleaning imaginable. Just before Passover all-year-round kitchen utensils and dishes are put away to be replaced by those especially reserved for Passover.Matzah are the only kind of bread permitted in a Jewish home on Passover. The Bible is not specific on the preparation of the matzos, but the Talmud* (commentaries on the Law) gives details as to the ingredients used, which are wheat-flour and water, the proper thickness, and other pertinent information.Since leaven is not allowed in the home on Passover, there is a special ceremony known as Mekhirat Hametz (Selling of the Leaven). Several days before Passover a bill of sale is written out and all hametz (Hebrew for leaven) is sold to a non-Jew for the duration of the Passover. The bill of sale is prepared with understanding that it will be returned immediately after the holiday.
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is My flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”
Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to Me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in Me will never be thirsty.