John 13 - Steve Wiggins Daily Devotional

“When Yeshua had said this, He was troubled in His spirit and testified, ‘I assure you: One of you will betray Me!’ His disciples started looking at one another – uncertain which one He was speaking about. One of His disciples, the one Yeshua loved, was reclining close to Yeshua. Simon Peter motioned to him to find out who it was He was talking about. So he leaned back against Yeshua and asked Him, ‘L_rd, who is it?’ Yeshua replied, ‘He’s the one I give the piece of bread to after I have dipped it.’ When He had dipped the bread, He gave it to Judas, Simon Iscariot’s son. After Judas ate the bread, Satan entered him.” John 13:21-27a

Traditional “Christian” assumption, concerning the last supper, is that the only elements involved were wine & unleavened bread. In actuality, Yeshua and His disciples were observing the Passover Seder. The Seder is a whole meal, which utilizes many symbolic elements to recount Israel’s slavery in Egypt, G_d’s deliverance of Israel from Egyptian bondage, and His provision for them during the Hebrews’ 40-years of desert wandering.

There is no Biblical evidence that when Yeshua singled-out 2 of the Seder’s elements, that He was replacing the Seder. He was simply clarifying what two of the elements represented within the meal, so that whenever the Seder was observed in the future, His followers would understand and worship Him correctly.

Without knowledge of the Seder and its elements, many “Christians” believe Yeshua dipped his bread into the wine and gave it to Judas. As a matter of fact, some churches go as far as serving communion by dipping bread into wine. The problem with that notion is that Matzo (unleavened bread) is not dipped into the wine at the Seder.

Only two of the elements in the Seder are used for “sopping” or dipping matzo in: Charoset (sweet paste made with fruit, nuts, spices and wine) and Maror (Bitter herb paste made from horseradish root).

The Charoset is symbolic of the mortar (for brick laying) the Israelite slaves made in Egypt. The Maror symbolizes the bitterness of slavery.

When Yeshua dipped the bread, He was most likely following tradition of scooping Charoset and Maror onto His Matzo. This would be symbolic of the bondage Yeshua was about to undergo (as result of Judas’ betrayal), as well as His bitter suffering for the sin of the world. In essence, Yeshua shared the gospel with Judas, in a sandwich.

Today’s passage, and the events thereof, were predicted by the Psalmist, hundreds of years before the Last Seder.
“Even my friend in whom I trusted, one who ate my bread, has lifted up his heel against me. But You L_rd, be gracious to me and raise me up; then I will repay them.” Psalm 41:9-10

~Steve Wiggins, Assistant Rabbi
Shuvah Yisrael
Daily Devotional, Tuesday, July 9, 2013