From the Haggadah…

From the Haggadah…

The Family HaggadahAs for the son who is unable to ask a question, you must open up the subject to him, as it is written: “You shall tell your son on that day: This is on account of what the Lord did for me when I came out of Egypt.” One might think that the Haggada should be recited on the first day of the month of Nisan, but the Torah says: “You shall tell your son on that day” [the first day of Passover]. One might think that the phrase on that day means that the story of the Exodus should be recited in the daytime; therefore, the Torah says: “This is on account of what the Lord did for me.” The word “THIS” refers to the time when this matzo and this maror are placed before you—on Passover night when you are obliged to eat them.

Each year, for the past 25 years, I have hosted a Passover seder in my home. Some have been large, and others have been just me and my wife. But always, there was a seder plate and a haggadah. Every year, for most of my life, I have read from one version or another of the haggadah. And every year I have learned something new. You might think that, after all these years, I would have exhausted the options of possible fresh insights. But that is not the case. If anything, I find new tidbits coming at me in even greater numbers. This year, I stopped no less than three times in the midst of the seder, just to ponder some new correlation between Messianic teaching and something in the traditional haggadah we were using. One of those three times involved the phrase,

… Do this in memory of me.
(Luke 22:19)

Is there any need to point out that Yeshua used the term “this” in a very advised manner? Everyone seated there knew what was being referenced. He didn’t have to say, “Every year at Passover, think of me.” Everyone seated at the table knew what was meant.

Yet, those who are not familiar with the seder and the haggadah argue over the meaning of his words. They question whether we need to observe a Passover seder at all. They think there is no time element mentioned, and focus on, “as oft as you do this”—as though that phrase leaves the timing up for grabs. Thus, we see debates among those who follow Yeshua, suggesting that we should celebrate a new ritual called “communion” on a weekly, monthly, or quarterly basis.

Yeshua said to do “THIS” as a memorial to his love and his work. And then he told his students to, “Go and make people from all nations into talmidim, immersing them into the reality of the Father, the Son and the Ruach HaKodesh, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.” Do we do “THIS” in his remembrance, or do we make up our own festivals, calendars, and ways of observance?

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