What is the Haggadah and why is it important? The Haggadah is a collection of texts, that for centuries have been used to guide the Passover Seder meal. Haggadah literally means ‘telling’ in Hebrew. The Haggadah booklet recounts the story of the Jewish exodus out of Egypt, and the Lord’s protective hand over His people.
Most Haggadot (plural for Haggadah) contain the order and instructions of the Seder. Seder actually means ‘order’ in Hebrew. Therefore, essentially the Haggadah is the story-telling guide during the Passover meal.
The Haggadah contains a number of blessings, prayers, songs, questions, and responses from the participants.
- Where in the Bible does it say we should talk about and pass down the tradition of Passover?
“And Moses said to the people: ‘Remember this day in which you went out of Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the Lord brought you out of this place. No leavened bread shall be eaten. On this day you are going out, in the month Abib. And it shall be, when the Lord brings you into the land of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Hivites and the Jebusites, which He swore to your fathers to give you, a land flowing with milk and honey, that you shall keep this service in this month. Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, and on the seventh day there shall be a feast to the Lord. Unleavened bread shall be eaten seven days. And no leavened bread shall be seen among you, nor shall leaven be seen among you in all your quarters. And you shall tell your son in that day, saying, “This is done because of what the Lord did for me when I came up from Egypt.” It shall be as a sign to you on your hand and as a memorial between your eyes, that the Lord’s law may be in your mouth; for with a strong hand the Lord has brought you out of Egypt. You shall therefore keep this ordinance in its season from year to year.’”—Exodus 13:3-10 (emphasis added)
“‘And you shall observe this thing as an ordinance for you and your sons forever. It will come to pass when you come to the land which the Lord will give you, just as He promised, that you shall keep this service. And it shall be, when your children say to you, “What do you mean by this service?” That you shall say, “It is the Passover sacrifice of the Lord, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt when He struck the Egyptians and delivered our households.”’ So the people bowed their heads and worshiped. Then the children of Israel went away and did so; just as the Lord had commanded Moses and Aaron, so they did.”—Exodus 12:24-28 (emphasis added)
- The Lord tells His people to observe the Passover Feast numerous times throughout Scripture. The question is, “Who are His people?”
“Having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will…”—Ephesians 1:5
Those who have been adopted through Yeshua’s atonement can be called sons and daughters!
- Some Believers may ask, “Why do I need to observe Passover (Feast of Unleavened Bread)?”
At Curt Landry Ministries, we encourage Believers to look at God’s Word for the answers to this question. It is unfortunate that the Church, at large, has replaced some of God’s commands with human traditions, or have completely taken them out of practice.
- The redemptive story in Exodus points to our Messiah…
“Therefore, purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.”—1 Corinthians 5:7
- Do you believe the Word of God is infallible?
This may be a challenging thought for some, but if we believe that God’s Word is without error, we must, therefore, search the scriptures as the Bereans did, examining with eagerness, and ask Him to guide us to places in His Word that point to His will.
To walk in alignment, we must move back to the heart of God and follow His commands.
“… ‘Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths and honor Me with their lips, but have removed their hearts far from Me, and their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men…’”—Isaiah 29:13
All that Jesus did was in alignment with the Father. Jesus did not say that we need not live a life of obedience or observance but provided us with the Holy Spirit, who allows us the capability to do so. Only through Him can we live a life that honors God.
“…but I will do what the Father requires of Me, so that the world will know that I love the Father…”—John 14:31 (NLT)
Jesus set an example for His followers to be obedient. God’s intention with obedience is always to bring us into His presence. The enemy will attempt to counterfeit traditions and lie to us, telling us that these traditions are a way to restrict and deprive, or that we must earn God’s love through obligatory acts. We know this is not from God, as this does not bring peace and freedom… but guilt and shame.
God’s heart behind the feasts are pictures—visual aids—of what He has done in the past, and the instruction and revelation of what is to come. These Holy Days were, and always have been, about a relationship with God and man. As we partner with the Holy Spirit, honoring the Lord’s calendar during the Feasts, the blessings promised in God’s Word will truly be ours.
How to Host a Passover Seder in Your Home?
Here’s what you will need:
- Matzah – (Unleavened bread)
- Maror – Horseradish (One teaspoon per person is ample)
- Charoset – A mixture of apple, nuts, wine, and cinnamon; or chunky applesauce will do. (We make enough for a heaping tablespoon per person)
- Karpas – Parsley (Just enough for everyone to have a sprig)
- Salt Water – (Enough for people to dip their parsley into)
- Grape Juice or Wine – (Enough for each person to have 4 sips—you will also need 4 small cups or glasses per person)
- It is also traditional/symbolic (but not required) to have a roasted lamb shank bone and a boiled egg on the table
Download the FREE Haggadah and host a Passover Seder with your family and friends in your home or with your local church congregation. If you prefer, we also have a printed version of our Haggadah available at a discounted purchase price HERE.
The Passover season is one of the most important seasons for our ministries, and we would be honored to have you worship with us! If you are not joining us in person this year, we would hope that you will make plans to join us LIVE online, Friday, March 30th at 7:45pm CT [US] OneNewMan.com