?מַה נִּשְׁתַּנָּה הַלַּיְלָה הַזֶּה מִכָּל הַלֵּלוֹת

Passover Seder Dinner

Messianic Haggadah

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LEADER: We are gathered this evening to observe and remember Passover, God's deliverance of His people. God delivered Israel from the bondage of slavery and He commanded us to observe this holiday. We are not to celebrate in vain, but to give thanks to Him and to recognbize an even greater Passover and deliverance. Through the death of the foretold Messiah-Yeshua, we too will be passed over from death and released from the bondage of sin. I ask tonight that you consider each of the scriptures and prayers that we will be reading this evening and that you may truly observe and recognize our God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. I also encourage you to seek God on your own. The truth is revealed in God's Word.

READER: "Celebrate the Feast of Unleavened Bread, because it was on this very day that I brought your divisions out of Egypt. Celebrate this day as a lasting ordinance for the generations to come." (Exodus 12:17)

READER: And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me." (Luke 22:19)

(Leader says a Prayer -- not scripted)

LEADER: Light is a symbol of God's presence. Lighting candles during holidays and on Shabbat remind us that God is our light. It is also written in Genesis that the offspring of a woman would crush the serpent's head. "And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel." (Genesis 3:15) It is through a woman that our salvation would come, our hope, our light. It is by the seed of a woman that Yeshua was born. Let us kindle the festival lights.

WOMAN: Ba-rukh A-tah A-do-nai E-lo-hey-nu Me-lekh ha-'o-lam a-sher kid-sha-nu B'-mi-tzvo-tav v'-tzi-va-nu l'-had-lik ner shel (shabbat) yom tov. Blessed are you, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has sanctified us by your commandments, and has commanded us to kindle the Festival lights. Amen.

Ba-rukh A-tah A-do-nai E-lo-hey-nu Me-lekh ha-'o-lam a-sher she-he-che-ya-nu v'-ki-yi-mo-nu v'-hi-gi-a-nu l'z-man ha-zey. Blessed are you, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has kept us in life and has preserved us, and has enabled us to reach this season. Amen.

LEADER: The Seder plate has many items that we will use to experience the Passover using our senses. We will now begin reading the Haggadah, which means "the telling". We are called to celebrate Passover -- Jew and Gentile. For Yeshua said:

[17] "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. [18] I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. [19] Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. [20] For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:17-20).

READER: Then the LORD said to Moses, "Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh: Because of my mighty hand he will let them go; because of my mighty hand he will drive them out of his country." (Exodus 6:1)

ALL: "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. 7 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, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians." (Exodus 6:6-7)

LEADER: During the Passover Seder we will drink four glasses of wine: The Cup of Sanctification, the Cup of Plagues, The Cup of Redemption and the Cup of Praise. We will say the traditional Jewish prayer before drinking each cup. I would also like to point out that there is traditional meaning with each cup as well as Yeshua's fulfillment.

Traditional - We are to be clean of yeast.
Fulfillment - We are to be clean of sin -- Yeshua is the only way to be cleansed of our sins.

Traditional - Remembrance of the Plagues in Egypt
Fulfillment - Remembrance of our trials and tribulations - develops perseverance, humility and maturity in our walk with the Lord

Traditional - Symbolizes the blood of the Passover lamb who saved the Israelites from death
Fulfillment - Yeshua is our Passover Lamb who's blood saved us from death. This cup is the cup used in communion or The Lord's Supper.

Traditional - Give thanks to God for guiding the Israelites out of Egypt
Fulfillment - We are to always have praise on our lips for our salvation that is given through Yeshua.

READER: [26] If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, [27] but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. [28] Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. [29] How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? (Hebrews 10:26-29)

READER: [14] When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. [15] And he said to them, "I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. [16] For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God." [17] After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, "Take this and divide it among you. [18] For I tell you I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes." (Luke 22:14-18)

LEADER: Sanctification is the first step to our salvation. God is holy and we can not enter His presence with sin. He established the sacrificial system to cleanse us of our sin. Yeshua is the ultimate sacrifice, so we can be in God's presence. May we all be sanctified throught the blood of the Lamb, Yeshua. Please fill your cup. Let us lift our cups, the Cup of Sanctification, and bless the Lord for His abundant giving.

ALL: Ba-rukh a-tah A-do-nai E-lo-hey-nu Me-lekh ha-'o-lam bo-rey pri ha-ga-fen. Blessed are you, O Lord our God, Ruler of the Universe, who creates the fruit of the vine.

(Drink the first cup of wine.)


Interesting Side Note: The blessing over bread says, "who brings forth bread from the earth."

Contrary to common belief even among Messianics, the wine blessing is not talking about grapes growing on a vine. This blessing is actually a Messianic Prophecy!

Yeshua's first miracle was creating the fruit of the vine! See John 2.