Sunday School Material 11-10-13: Beginning of Passover

(Exodus 12:1-14; 11/10/13)

Introduction::A key idea of today’s Sunday School material is that God is giving instructions regarding the Passover. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to live as if we appreciate what God has done and are committed to what God wants us to do.

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Body:

Read Exodus 12:1-7

I. When to Eat the Lamb. In our Sunday School material the Lord tells Moses and Aaron that this month is the first month of their year. They were instructed to make a new beginning.

Instructions are given about what will become known as the Passover lamb. There is to be sharing among those who need to share. The blood of the lamb is to be put on the door frame.

Applications -

- New beginnings. Notice in vs. 2 that the Lord gives instructions about a new beginning. In essence, the Lord says whatever you thought the first month of the year was, the Lord is changing it to the month that God declares to be the first month.

In similar fashion, today can be the first day of the rest of our lives. No matter what has happened and who has said what, today can be a new beginning for us and our loved ones. An early step in making a new beginning is to decide to start from here.

Let’s work on making new beginnings that bring glory to God. Think about new beginnings with obeying God’s principles for family, financial and health stewardship, as well as church and community involvement.

- Godly giving. Notice in vss. 3-6 of our Sunday School material several principles regarding giving. First, the Lord calls for equal sacrifice, not equal giving.

Those who can afford to give what is expected are called to do so. Those who cannot afford to do what is expected are called to do the best that they can.

Second, the Lord calls for full participation. Being poor, rich, young, or old were not excuses for not giving. God expects every believer to give in accord with what God has given them.

Third, God wants our best. He doesn’t want us to pay all of our bills and give him the left overs and change. He wants to be number one in our lives. Let’s work on godly giving.

- Jesus’ blood. Notice in vs. 7 that there is to be blood placed on the door frame. When the death angel comes through the area and sees the blood, the angel will pass over. In similar fashion, we who are saved are saved because of Jesus’ death for us.

When justice comes to condemn sinners, it passes over us because of Jesus’ bloody death for us. Let’s live as if we appreciate what Jesus has done for us. Such living should be known for enthusiastic praise and living by God’s will for our lives.

Read Exodus 12:8-11

II. How to Eat the Lamb. In our Sunday School material the Lord gives instructions about what to do with the lamb. The lamb is to be roasted over fire, not boiled or eaten uncooked.

The lamb is to be eaten in haste and with all of one’s clothes on. There is to be no yeast in the bread. Any remaining lamb is to be burned up.

Applications -

- Following instructions. Notice in vss. 8-11 of our Sunday School material that the people were called to follow instructions that were given to the leader. There is the matter of eating bitter food to remember the bitter years in slavery.

There is the haste of the moment to suggest moving when God says move. There is the destroying of left overs to signify what is set aside for the Lord (i.e., holy) is not to be used for anything else.

There are too many today who would have rebelled against following what may have seemed as arbitrary instructions. Let’s work on simply doing what God is calling us to do through the leader that He sends.

Read Exodus 12:12-14

III. Why to Eat the Lamb. The Lord explains how He is coming through Egypt. In our Sunday School material all of the first born are to be killed, except for those who are behind the bloody doors. The people are to remember this day and celebrate it for generations to come.

Applications -

- God’s wrath. Notice in vs. 12 of our Sunday School material that God has some wrath. It is a serious mistake to think that God only has mercy and grace. He also has wrath and judgment.

If we obey, we can experience His grace and mercy. But when we disobey, we are subject to experience some of His wrath and punishment.

This knowledge should move us to live obedient lives. And this knowledge should give us comfort, because it also means that God will handle those who mistreat us - His people. Let’s live like God has some wrath towards sin.

- Remembering and doing. Notice in vs. 14 the festival is designed to help the people remember what the Lord has done and what the Lord is expecting of them. The Lord delivered them from slavery. And the Lord expected them to obey Him in the promised land.

We should make sure that we remember what the Lord has done and expects of us on our special days. Church anniversaries, Resurrection Sunday, and Christmas are days that come to mind.

But birthdays should remind us as well. Let’s make sure we are remembering what God has done, remembering what He expects, and then doing what He expects.

Conclusion: Let’s live as if we appreciate what God has done and are committed to what God wants us to do. God has much for those who obey His will.

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