Passover Seder: “Kadesh” and “Maggid”

Welcome back friends!  We’re in the midst of discussions that lead up to the Jewish Pesach (Passover).  Over the past few days we’ve learned a bit about preparing for Passover, and the Passover Seder, the celebratory meal Jews partake of in commemoration of Pesach.  There are 14 parts (15, if you count the lighting of candles) to the Passover Seder, and during 4 of those parts, wine is drunk as commemoration of the 4 promises God gave to Moses in Exodus 6:6-7.

Today, I want to share the first 2 (of 4) blessings that are recited during the Kadesh  and Maggid portions of the Passover Seder.

Recall that the first cup is the Cup of Sanctification, commemorating God calling His people out of Egypt.  When the Seder leader calls out “Kadesh,” it is time to fill the first cup and recite this blessing:

“Blessed art Thou, Lord our God, King of the universe,
Creator of the fruit of the vine.”

Following a more lengthy reading of the Haggadah, another blessing is recited:

“Blessed art Thou, Lord our God, Master of the universe,
who has kept us alive and sustained us and has
brought us to this special time.”

Following that recitation, each participant drinks the first cup of wine.

As Christians, we join our Jewish friends in acknowledgement of our Lord, King, and Master, and we recognize that it is He who keeps us, sustains us, and brings us to special times.  However, believers in Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus the Messiah), recognize Jesus’ fulfillment of all that on our behalf when He came to this world to die for our sins and rise again to give us eternal life.  We have much to celebrate!

During Meggid (“telling of the story”) the second cup, the Cup of Deliverance, is drunk.  After the elements of the Passover Seder are explained, participants drink the cup and once again recite:

“Blessed art Thou, Lord our God, King of the universe,
Creator of the fruit of the vine.”

This commemorates the loving act of God to deliver His people from Egyptian bondage.  Had God not rescued the Jews, it would have prevented the coming of Jesus the Messiah as the Savior of Israel!  Therefore, thanks is given for God’s saving act and glorious power.

Again, think of the ramifications that has for us as Christians.  Had Jesus the Messiah not come, the Gentiles would have no means of salvation and, thus, no hope.  Praise God that, through His chosen people, He sent a Savior.  A Savior for both Israel and the Gentiles who later would have opportunity to receive the risen Lord as Savior!  The Jewish people are God’s vehicle of world redemption…and He will one day redeem His chosen people as well!

Here we see it…right in the middle of the Jewish Passover Seder!  Jesus is the fulfillment!

(Stay tuned tomorrow as we ramp up to Passover with a look at the third and fourth cups of the Passover Seder!)

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