The Plagues and the Passover
“You know no God but me, and no Savior exists besides me.” Hosea 13:4b
Last week, kids learned about Moses’ birth and his calling. God had a plan to rescue the people of Israel from slavery in Egypt. He chose and called Moses for the task and allowed Moses’ brother, Aaron, to help him.
Moses and Aaron faced a huge obstacle in leading the Israelites out of Egypt, and his name was Pharaoh. Pharaoh did not recognize the Lord’s authority: “Who is the LORD that I should obey him by letting Israel go?” (Ex. 5:2) Pharaoh hardened his heart against the Lord, but all of this fit into God’s plan to reveal to Pharaoh—and all of Egypt—who He is.
First, God sent a series of plagues that wrecked Egypt. The plagues were acts of judgment designed to show the Egyptians who God is—and the Egyptians learned their lesson. Read Exodus 8:19; 9:20,27; and 10:7.
The tenth plague was the most severe and had the greatest impact on the Egyptian people. God told Moses that around midnight, every firstborn male in Egypt would die. But God gave specific instructions to the Israelites. They were to slaughter a lamb or goat and put its blood on their doorposts. The blood on the doorpost would be a distinguishing mark. When God saw the blood, He “passed over” the house.
The Israelite people were sinful, and they deserved death just as much as the Egyptians did. But God graciously provided a way out. By marking their doorposts with the blood of a lamb, they were spared from the judgment and death they deserved. The lamb was killed instead. The heart of the gospel is found in the story of the Passover: Jesus never sinned, but He was crucified for our sins. We deserve death, but He died instead.
As you talk to your kids this week, highlight that by His grace, God spared the Israelites from judgment by requiring the blood of a lamb. Jesus is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. His death was the ultimate sacrifice, and those who trust in Christ are under His saving blood and will be passed over in the final judgment.
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BIBLE STORY SUMMARY:
- God sent plagues on Egypt.
- God told the Israelites to put the blood of a lamb over their doors.
- God rescued His people from being slaves in Egypt.
KEY PASSAGE: Hosea 13:4b
BIG PICTURE QUESTION:
- Is there anything God cannot do? God can do all things.
FAMILY DISCUSSION STARTERS:
- Which of the 10 plagues sounds the worst to you?
- Why did God tell the Israelites to put the blood of a lamb over their doors?
- Who is the Lamb of God and why is He called that?
- Invite a Jewish friend to tell you about the significance of the Passover to their faith.
- Research the foods eaten at a traditional Passover Seder supper and prepare some of those dishes. Talk about the symbolism of
the foods and how the Passover pointed to Jesus.