I went to my first Seder Dinner, the Passover feast, this past Monday. Such a blessed time of fellowship & worship as we reflected on Jesus' last supper--the Seder feast. First we ourselves feasted on a plethora of yummy foods--including but not limited to homemade Matzah candy. To die for. Once dinner was cleared, we prepared our Seder plates with parsley, horseradish, a hard boiled egg, salt water, grape juice/wine, & the name escapes me the apple, honey & nut schtuff.
We went through the traditional Passover readings & procedures in the same way Jesus would have done, with the host explaining everything with Scripture & grace for those like me who weren't as familiar with this Biblical holiday. Here's the easier to understand Wikipedia definition that is quite accurate:
Dayenu (Hebrew:דַּיֵּנוּ) is a song that is part of the Jewish holiday of Passover.
The word "Dayenu" means approximately "it would have been enough for us", "it would have been sufficient", or "it would have sufficed" (day in Hebrew is "enough", and -enu the first person plural suffix, "to us"). This traditional up-beat Passover song is over one thousand years old. The earliest full text of the song occurs in the first medieval Haggadah, which is part of the ninth-century Seder Rav Amram.
The song is about being grateful to God for all of the gifts he gave the Jewish people, such as taking them out of slavery, giving them the Torah and Shabbat, and had God only given one of the gifts, it would have still been enough.
This is to show much greater appreciation for all of them as a whole. The song appears in the haggadah after the telling of the story of the exodus and just before the explanation of Passover, matzah and the maror.
In today's day & age, as Christians celebrating the Passover & this last supper of Jesus' before He died on Calvary, we can sing the song praising God for our own redemption & taking us out of our bondage of sin. Dayenu--it would have been enough. BUT God continued to prosper & bless us in so many ways that we often forget or take for granted. What's interesting to note is, that while the Hebrews have been singing this song for centuries, the early Hebrews complained & complained & did not live in a perpetual state of recognizing God's provision & hand. They asked for food, God gave them manna. They complained. All the more reason for us to live in the knowledge & power of the Passover, & in Christ's Resurrection this day.
Posting today, the true day Jesus rose from the grave victorious over death. Hallelujah, what a Savior! The Jewish day begins at sundown--hence, Jesus would have been in the grave for three full nights & three days in order to rise again. This weekend of Good Friday through Resurrection Sunday only has Jesus in the tomb two days.