Last week we talked about the 9 of the 10 plagues that stuck the people and land of Egypt when Moses confronted the Pharaoh. He asked the ruler to let God’s people go so that they could worship the LORD. The story of the tenth plague/first Passover is found in Exodus 11-12. There is sadness that comes from reading through this chapter in the Bible because so many died when the Lord struck down all the first-born of the people and the animals in Egypt.
The people of Israel were saved through the death and blood of the sacrificial Passover lamb. They were given strict instructions about what sort of lamb to offer and what to do with the blood. The blood, painted on the doorposts of their home, was a sign that they trusted in the Lord and followed His commands. By the blood of the lamb, God’s people were kept from death and destruction.
Here’s some facts for your to review about the Passover. Can you remember the correct answer to complete the sentence?
1. Passover celebrates the freedom of God’s people from _______in ancient Egypt.
2. Moses was called by ______ to go to the king of Egypt and demand freedom for the Israelites.
3. The king of Egypt is known as the _______.
4. God sent down ___ plagues (or punishments) to force the king to change his mind.
5. The final tenth plague occurred when the firstborn sons of the _________ were killed.
6. The Israelites were spared from the plague because they mark their door posts with the _____ of a lamb.
(Correct answers: slavery, Yahweh, pharaoh, 10, Egyptians, blood)
Come Sunday and we’ll talk about how Jesus is the final sacrificial Lamb, who takes away the sin of the world and saves those who trust in Him from death and destruction.