There is a beautiful element of the Pesach Seder Meal. This element is the element which isn’t called by a Hebrew word, but rather known by a Greek word.
Do you know what it is?
It is the Afeiqomen.
It is the broken middle Matzah that is hidden.
The middle Matzah is taken out of the Matzah Tosh bag. There are three layers in the bag to hold the top, middle and bottom matzah’s. The middle Matzah which is nestled between and the top and bottom Matzah’s is taken out and broken.
One of the broken portions is put back and the other is wrapped in a linen napkin and hidden until later in the Seder meal.
The children go and look for the hidden Matzah and when they find the Afeiqomen they bring it back to the head of the Seder meal and are rewarded.
This so beautiful part of the Passover Meal represents the foundation of our salvation through Messiah our Lord.
For He too was hidden as his parents obediently followed the direction given to them in dreams to hide their child from the one seeking to kill him.
And then at the Appointed Time, the Moedim, it was then that he was broken for us, for our transgressions. His heart was broken. His side was pierced with a spear. He was beaten with stripes and he was pierced; so also is the Afeiqomen as the broken Matzah which bears stripes and is pierced.
Through the ages we have known the Savior through a Greek lense, through a Greek mindset; so also we know this broken Matzah that is hidden by way of a Greek term.
We have known the Savior as Jesus Christ.
The children look for the Afeiqomen and when they find it they excitedly bring it to the head of the meal and are rewarded.
So, too, we as children seek for the Messiah and when we have found Him we excitedly proclaim Him and are rewarded.
The Scripture says and a child shall lead them. In this significant part of the meal we see the children leading us to the Messiah, to the One who bore our sins, who was beaten beyond recognition for each of us, that when the time came we would search for Him with all our hearts and find Him and know His reward, the reward of Salvation!
He has been hidden just as Joseph was hidden before his very brothers eyes.
But now He is being revealed as the context of His coming is being made known and His love for His Father’s ways are displaying their supreme authority over the seasons and times.
For the Father’s Holy Days are what matters, the essence of His Words as lovingly interpreted in the Scriptures of Old are our beacon of light.
All of mans ways will dissolve and be meaningless.
But, we see how that from the Beginning, from the very onset of the Creation, the Father set His Feast Days to govern time and we continue to see this throughout to even the present day and beyond into the future before us.
May we not neglect such magnificent revelation from our caring Creator.
From my heart to yours this holy season!
Love, Leslie Ann