Do you remember the story of Moses and the burning bush? God spoke to Moses from that bush, and He told Moses to go to Egypt in order to talk to the Pharaoh. Pharaoh was the bad king of Egypt and he was hurting God's people. God wanted Pharaoh to let His people go so that they could worship Him at Mt. Sinai and move to the land that God had promised to Abraham's descendants. But Pharaoh didn't want to obey God. God gave him many chances to let God's people go from Egypt after each of the first nine plagues, but Pharaoh would not listen to God. Finally, God had to take away something that Pharaoh loved very much. The tenth plague that God sent was the angel of death to kill all the firstborn sons of Egypt including Pharaoh's son. But had a special plan for the Israelites, God's people and he had them follow some important instructions so that their sons would not be killed.
READ: Exodus 12:21-30
I WONDER: The Bible story we just read was about the Passover. I wonder why it's called the Passover. What do you think?
The lamb that was to be killed was supposed to be a pure, spotless, young male lamb with no defects. I wonder if it was hard to find a lamb like that. Later in God's Story, John the Baptist called his cousin, Jesus, the Lamb of God in John 1:29. How is the Passover Lamb like Jesus, the Lamb of God?
I wonder what the Israelites thought about painting their doorposts with the blood of a lamb (Ew ... Messy!), but that's what it took to be saved from the angel of death. Did you know that Jesus' blood saves people from death even today? Jesus wants you to believe and receive Him as your personal Savior., and He will save you from sin and death.
This is story is a picture of how God used the blood of a lamb to save His people and He is still using the blood of His Son, Jesus, to save people today from sin and death. What an awesome story of repemption and salvation!?
MEMORIZE: Isaiah 53:6 this week as a family.
"We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all."
DO: Place the symbol of the Passover Lamb on the poster as we continue our Journey to the Cross. When you look at it this week remember that God wants to save people just like you through the blood of Jesus.
PRAY: Heavenly Father, thank you for sending your Son, Jesus, the perfect Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world through His blood! In Jesus' powerful name, Amen.