The Four Questions

Page No.4

On a previous page, we mentioned that Passover is a story that is meant to be passed on from one generation to the next, thus fulfilling the scriptural commandments.

It is traditional at Passover for the youngest child to ask the leader of the Seder (usually the father or grandfather) four questions about the holiday. There is an overarching question which is, “Why is this night different from all other nights?” Then four specific questions are asked:

  • Why do we eat matzah tonight?
  • Why do we eat bitter herbs tonight?
  • Why do we dip our foods tonight (e.g., the parsley into the salt water)?
  • Why do we recline?

After these questions are asked, the leader begins to tell the story of the Exodus from Egypt.

Interestingly, 2000 years ago, during the Last Seder, there are some clear parallels recorded in the New Testament. First, it is clear that Jesus was the leader of that Passover meal. Second, after Jesus began to tell His disciples of His departure from this earth, four different apostles asked Him questions, as follows:

  • Peter: “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus answered “Where I go, you cannot follow me now, but you shall follow later.”
  • Thomas: “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.”
  • Philip: “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “…He who has seen Me has seen the Father…”
  • Judas (not Iscariot): “Lord, what then has happened that You are going to disclose Yourself to us, and not to the world?” Jesus answered, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him, and make Our abode with him.”

You see, just as it is traditional for the leader at Passover to explain how the children of Israel followed Moses out of Egypt into the Promised Land, so too Jesus used the Passover to teach His disciples about following Him.

Jesus and The Passover
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