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The Kiddush Cup

This cup is used in a variety of ways. It is called the "Kiddush" cup, which means sanctification. It is used at the Friday night Shabbat-Sabbath table and on most Jewish Holidays. Usually the father of the Jewish home takes up his goblet cup and says a prayer of sanctification like this. “Blessed art thou oh Lord our G-d, King of the Universe who has brought forth the fruit of the vine, Amein”. This prayer blessing over the wine some explain was introduced between the sixth and fourth century B.C.E. When the prayer over the cup of wine is said in most cases it’s recited in Hebrew, but for English readers we have made this readable. Another place the cup is used is at Passover time. The most important feature of this cup at Passover time traditionally is the 3rd cup called the cup of "Redemption", which for a Messianic believer (a Jewish person who believes in Yeshua-Jesus the Messiah). This cup is a sign that represents the B'rit ha dasha (New Covenant) which was sealed by the very shed blood of our Messiah who brought forth atonement, redemption and the forgiveness of sins (Matt 26:27-28).

To the non-believing Jewish person this cup is merely just another traditional part of the Passover observance and its true significance has not yet been revealed to them. Next at Passover an extra cup or goblet is set out and is known as Elijah’s cup, which is a symbolic sign that the prophet will usher in the beginning of the Messianic age, which is said to be lead by Elijah the prophet  who prepares the way of Messiah’s coming (Mal 4:5-6). The goblet Kiddush cup is also used at Jewish weddings and both groom and bride drink of it together to seal the deal or the marriage. It is used during the wedding ceremony when the groom breaks the glass at the end of the wedding vowels. Kiddush cups are made from brass, silver and fancy glassware’s, and can be found in most Judaic stores or online. One of the most important things about this Kiddush cup is that our Messiah in the B’rit ha dasha (NC)  said that he will no longer drink of this Kiddush cup until the fulfillment of the messianic kingdom age comes or is established by himself (Matt 26:29).