The Lord's Supper
1 Corinthians 11:24-26
INTRODUCTION: The Passover recorded in the book of Exodus will always serve as a backdrop for the Last Supper in which Jesus participated and the Lord's Supper, which is the mannerism of the church. In the Passover meal there are four cups of wine used, each having their own significance. I wish to do a brief overview of the four cups and then focus in on the third cup, which is the cup of the Lord's Supper.
I. THE FIRST CUP. SANCTIFICATION
The head of the family pronounces a blessing over the first cup; the cup is shared, followed by herbs dipped in a sauce. The head of the family would call the rest of the family to attention and would then proceed to offer a prayer of thanksgiving to God and a prayer to sanctify the family for this special meal. This prayer of thanksgiving would remind those listening of the gratefulness that God deserved, in light of the fact that they were present at the table and not in bondage to Egypt even still. The sanctification would give them the right heart to take part in the coming events.
II. THE SECOND CUP. PLAGUES.
Once it was ready, the youngest son would ask why this night is different from other nights, why unleavened bread is eaten on this night, etc. In reply, the head of the family tells the story of the exodus and delivers an exposition of Deut. 26:5-11.
Deuteronomy 26:5-11, ''And you shall answer and say before the LORD your God: 'My father was a Syrian, about to perish, and he went down to Egypt and dwelt there, few in number; and there he became a nation, great, mighty, and populous. But the Egyptians mistreated us, afflicted us, and laid hard bondage on us. Then we cried out to the LORD God of our fathers, and the LORD heard our voice and looked on our affliction and our labor and our oppression. So the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and with an outstretched arm, with great terror and with signs and wonders. He has brought us to t ...
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