by Stephen Whitney

The Last Passover
Stephen Whitney
Luke 22:14-20

The advertisement read: ''An elegant last meal. Formal attire is encouraged at a fund-raiser that will replicate the last, first-class meal on the Titanic.''

On July 24, 1998 the North Central Washington Museum put on an eleven course dinner at the Double Tree Hotel for a $100 a person as a fund-raiser. The event called ''An Evening to Remember,'' was based on the last meal served on the Titanic before it sank on April 15, 1912 taking the lives of 2,200 people.

The staff tried to make the dinner as authentic as they could.

Speakers talked about each of the eleven courses of the meal which included: hors d'oeuvers, poached salmon, file mignon, lamb, roast duckling and roasted squab along with Chardonnay wine.

The Jews celebrated the Passover meal once a year to remember their deliverance from slavery in Egypt. It was a simple supper to remember that God had miraculous delivered them because they could not deliver themselves. This was the highlight of their yearly feasts.

Four cups of wine:

Over time the Passover came to be called the Seder from the Hebrew word which means order. One important aspect which developed the order was drinking four cups of wine which corresponded with the four ''I wills'' God had promised the people before he delivered them from slavery in Exodus 6:6-7.

1. I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.
2. I will rescue you from their bondage.
3. I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with judgments.
4. I will take you as My people and I will be your God.

God took the initiative to deliver his people from bondage.

M. Henry wrote, ''Let God have the glory for his condescending grace, which gives us repeated assurance for our satisfaction.''

The First Cup was to remind the Israelites that God had chosen them and set them apart by giving them his commandments.

The Second Cup was drunk along with a prayer of praise to God for bein ...

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