The Last Plague and the First Passover (Exodus 11-12)

God's people are saved by the blood of the lamb.

Sunday morning our kiddos learned:
    1.    Pharaoh is warned but will not obey
    2.   Israel is warned and obeys
    3.   Pharaoh sends the Israelites away with many gifts

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Where is Jesus?

How does today's Bible story fit into God's greater plan of redemption?

Read 1 Corinthians 5:7-8.

"Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. 8 Let us therefore celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth."

In the passage above, as in the Passover, leaven represents sin. This is another way in which the story of Passover speaks to us of holiness and salvation. The Hebrews ate bread to live, so unleavened bread represented life free of sin.

But the most important aspect of the Passover was the blood on the door frame. In the entire OT, this is the clearest foreshadowing picture of of the sacrifice Jesus made for us on the cross. God promised the Hebrews that if the blood of a lamb was painted on the door frame, he would pass over that home and the firstborn son would not be killed. Similarly, Jesus is the Lamb who was slain for us. It is his blood that marks us as chosen by God and protected from God’s holy wrath against sin.

In the home

We are on week 31 which starts on page 204 in the Long Story Short devotional. The Exodus story of God redeeming His people out of bondage is intended to provoke worship of the glory and majesty of Jesus. This is why John the Baptist proclaimed, "Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!" (John 1:29)

If I had one good sit down with my family to open up the bible I would focus on days 2 and 3 because it narrows in on the lamb as our substitute. Death took place in Egypt and in Israel. For Egypt it was their first born, for Israel it was the lamb. Here are some of the questions you'll find in your devotional:

  • Where does the name "Passover" come from?
  • Why did God tell the Israeltiies to celebrate Passover every year?
  • What part of the Passover story points to Jesus? Who does Paul say is our Passover lamb?
  • How do we remember the Passover story in church on Sunday?

Pray about it! Thank God for sending Jesus as our Passover Lamb.

Scripture memory for the month of January

Check out January's bookmark below to see what our kiddos are quoting this month! We will recite the highlighted portion on Sunday February 4th in our Gathering.


The Prince of Egypt on Netflix!

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The Last Plague - Scene from The Prince of Egypt

I'm a little biased, because it reminds me of my childhood, but I think Dream Work's animated film The Prince of Egypt is one of the best things out there to capture the story of the Exodus. I would highly recommend having a sit down with your family to watch the entire thing. PS It's on Netflix, win!

Aaron Cotton