This free one year kid’s devotional study thru the Bible is designed to hit the highlights, provide practical application and requires no preparation. If you have a little more time, I encourage you to read the whole section of scripture (Exodus 12) while we focus in on just a few verses in 5 minutes.
Background: God inspired Moses to write the first five books in the Bible. The book of Exodus is all about God’s miraculously assisting His special nation (Israel) to leave their 400 year slavery in Egypt in order to return to their promised land. Along the way God provides His people with a special tent of meeting and specific jobs and ceremonies for them to perform to enable Him to remain with them.
The Passover is the final plague on Egypt when God passed over all the Israelite homes but brought death to the first born sons of all the Egyptians. This was the final plague and caused Pharaoh to tell the Israelites to leave Egypt.
Ask the children…
God gave His people a celebration to remember Passover. When were they to celebrate this Passover?
“Remember, these instructions are a permanent law that you and your descendants must observe forever. 25 When you enter the land the Lord has promised to give you, you will continue to observe this ceremony.” (Exodus 12:25)
Why was it important that they kept this celebration over the years?
“Then your children will ask, ‘What does this ceremony mean?’ 27 And you will reply, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice to the Lord, for he passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt. And though he struck the Egyptians, he spared our families.'” (Exodus 12:26, 27)
It is so easy to forget what God has done in our lives or in the lives of those who have gone before us. God wanted the generations that followed Moses to remember and be encouraged that their great God had brought them out of Egypt by this plague of death of the Egyptian first born males but kept the Israelites safe.
Ask your children what reminders they have of God’s provision for them? Ask them to think of the celebrations that your family does, e.g. Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, etc. Ask them in their own lives what has God done that they can celebrate? Encourage them to begin to write down the things that God has done and then go back and review those things and celebrate God’s faithfulness.
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