The Seder Meal as a Learning Experience
The Passover dinner is the solemn celebration by which the people of Israel remember God’s mighty acts of liberation. The freedom from slavery in Egypt, the crossing of the Red Sea and the formation of a people of God are all remembered in this event.
It is a remembering and yet it is more. As this last meal in Egypt is reenacted, it becomes a present reassurance of God’s continued help for the captive and the afflicted. It becomes a meal for remembering the needs of the modern-day captive.
The word “Seder”, as in Passover Seder or Seder dinner, is the Hebrew word for service of worship (order). It reminds us that this meal is actually a worship experience. During this meal we will have several moments of solemn worship as well as joyful worship. Looking to the Old Covenant we can learn and better understand the New Covenant.