פסח Pesach/Passover starts this week on Shabbat (the evening of the 22nd this year). As always, I’m awed and amazed by the beautiful weaving of details that our Creator puts into place. I love thinking on it, reading about it, and talking about it. 😀 Everything goes so intricately together like an exquisite concerto.
The סדר Seder tells the story of the Exodus which can be found in the Torah/Tanakh/Bible. Seder means order in Hebrew and we follow a particular order of traditions and read in the Haggadah each year. Some things vary from family to family, country to country, yet, and this is very cool to me, some things are exactly the same. That’s a connecting thing.
כרפס Karpas, usually parsley or celery or a potato slice, is symbolic of the life and freshness of spring. The karpas is dipped into salt water, a reminder of the tears of the Hebrew slaves, treated so cruelly by the Egyptian rulers.
מרור Maror, a bitter herb, usually horseradish, represents the harsh reality of slavery. We’re taught that we should make sure we aren’t a slave to anything today. Also, we’re to do a mental time travel and imagine ourselves there in our home with the blood on the doorpost (mezuzah is the Hebrew word for doorpost actually), safe if we were obedient to what the Creator had told us to do. The blood was a symbol of that. Yeshua’s blood was spilt as our sacrifice so that we can have eternal freedom from any kind of slavery.
חרוסת Charoset, meaning clay, made with a mixture of dates, plums, spices and nuts, represents the mortar the Israelites had to use when forced to build the Egyptian monuments. The charoset’s sweet taste, though, represents the sweetness of freedom. That with the maror shows us that even with trials and troubles there is the hope/promise of freedom. Just as the Israelites were set free by the Creator back in the day, each person, Jew or Gentile today, can be set free by believing in Yeshua as HaMashiach, The Messiah, the Promised Pesach Lamb. Eternally free. Baruch HaShem.
When ישוע Yeshua sat down with the disciples and gave the blessing, which is a blessing to HaShem (Hebrew for The Name of the Creator), not to the food, the same blessing we all have today in our Haggadot is what He said. It has stood the test of time.
מצוה Matzah, which I love ~ latzah matzah 😀 ~ tells the story of Yeshua. To see the holes in the matzah, which all must have, that reminds one of the holes in Yeshua’s hands, feet, and side, from the nails and the sword. What a horrible way to die. I can’t think about it without getting upset. And then there’s the Afikoman. One of the possible interpretations of this Greek word is “He has come”. The Afikoman is the middle matzah out of three that is broken in half then wrapped up in a white covering around the beginning of the Seder. It’s hidden, then later someone will go and search for it then bring it back to be redeemed with a reward. In all of that with the details of the actual maztah and what’s done, of course, you can see the wonderful truth of the resurrection when Yeshua rose again on the third day, fulfilling the Feast of Firstfruits (Vayikra – Hebrew – Leviticus 23:9-14; 1 Cor 15:20). He fulfills the promises that were set in God’s perfect timing to take place and I know He will fulfill the promises of the future. I love Yeshua. ❤
Except for Yom Kippur, obviously, food is an IMPORTANT part of the holidays! I think not only is obediently refraining from eating chametz (leavened foods) good for a week, it also encourages creativity in what we can eat and the various dishes with matzah and matzah flour. Truly, the great foods enjoyed during Pesach, the Feast of Unleavened Bread, can be loved all year long. ❤ For one example, chocolate covered matzah ~ delicious. 🙂 Just like the much-loved brands – Manischewitz, Gefen, Empire, Streits, Kedem, Gold’s, etc. – can be enjoyed all year long. And they are. 🙂
One of my favorite Pesach songs, I definitely have more than one, would be “Dayenu”. Basically it states that whatever God would have done, it would have been enough. I love singing songs. ❤ Another favorite is “Echad Mi Yodea”. ❤ This means “Who Knows One?” אחד Echad means one in Hebrew. I also love the spiritual “Go Down, Moses”. ❤
At the close of the seder ~
לשנה הבאה בירושלים
L’shanah Habaah b’Yerushalayim!
Next Year in Jerusalem!
חג פסח כשר ושמח Chag Pesach Kasher v’Sameach!! Have a happy kosher Passover! ❤ See you after Pesach! 🙂 ❤ You’re in my prayers. 🙂 Chaya חיה