Bricks and Mortar

Page No.9

One of the unique foods found on the Seder plate is a sweet mixture called “Charoset.” It’s made with apples, walnuts, cinnamon, honey, lemon, etc. (there are many different recipes). Charoset tastes very good, although it looks like mud! The idea behind it is that it’s reminiscent of the mortar that was used by the Hebrew slaves when building Pharaoh’s storage cities. Exodus 1:13-14 puts it this way:

“The Egyptians compelled the sons of Israel to labor rigorously; and they made their lives bitter with hard labor in mortar and bricks and at all {kinds} of labor in the field, all their labors which they rigorously imposed on them.”

Hard work is a biblical principle, but being overworked is not. In fact, it is traditional during Passover to recline on a pillow to one’s left. At the Last Seder 2000 years ago, Luke 22:14 tells us that Jesus and His apostles reclined at the table, as was traditional. (DaVinci’s “Last Supper” is a great work of art, but showing everyone sitting on chairs is not accurate).

The mortar serves as a reminder of the difficult, overburdened life of slavery, and the rest God wants His people to have. Jesus said the following in Matthew 11:28:

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.”


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