Day 13: The Cups
I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God. Exodus 6:6-7
Before we move into the elements of the Seder (the Order), let’s take a look at the verses above, which in some ways are the back bone of the Seder observance. There are four cups of wine within the Seder (a fifth, if you include the Elijah cup, but that one will not be addressed today). These four cups signify the four “I wills” of God in the verses above:
I will bring you; I will free you; I will redeem you; I will take you.
These then become Cup 1, the Cup of Sanctification; Cup 2, the Cup of Deliverance (alternatively known as the cup of Judgment or Plagues); Cup 3 the cup of Redemption; and Cup 4, the cup of Praise (also called the cup of Acceptance or Blessing). We will look at each in days ahead. Taken as a whole, these verses provide such a powerful commitment of
God toward his people. Remember when we talked about how God hears us? Well, this is how he answered their groaning! And these were not just words, he delivered on each of these promises.
• How many of God’s promises do you know?
• How many do you expect him to fulfill in your life?
• Jesus said the Pharisees erred because they did not know the scriptures or the power of God. How might your lack of knowledge of his promises hold you back from power, joy, and fruit in your life?
Lord, I do believe that every word you have spoken will come to pass, but too often I don’t know or avail myself of those promises, or live in the faith that they are true in my life. As I read the Scripture, cause your promises to jump out at me, then give me the faith to hold onto them and live them out.
by Sheri Cook, Director of Special Ministries