Introduction:: A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is that God gave instructions about the Passover. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to live like we appreciate all that God has done for us.
Read Exodus 12:1-2
I. The Lord Speaks. In our Sunday School material the Lord speaks to Moses and Aaron. They were still in Egypt when the Lord spoke. The Lord gave them instructions about reordering their calendar around how He was about to deliver them.
- Hearing and obeying. Notice in vss. 1-2 that this is a rare occasion of God speaking to Moses and Aaron. First, we should be glad that God often speaks to all of His people today through the Bible. Obviously, this only helps us if we prayerfully study the Bible.
Second, we should obey what God says to us through the Bible. The more we know, the more God expects us to obey. Think about how we know that God wants us to love one another, worship Him with enthusiasm, and bring others to the Lord, but do we? Let’s work on hearing and obeying God’s word.
- God of all of our lives. Notice in vs. 2 that God called for His people to reorder the way they kept their time around how He delivered them.
First, God should be God of all of our lives, not just our weekly religious services (some people only go to worship occasional). Second, God has a great plan for our lives, and we should live as if we believe this is true.
When we center our lives around our problems, instead of God’s promises, we are not behaving as if God knows what He is doing. Let’s live as if God is really in charge of our entire lives and as if He really has a great plan for our lives.
Read Exodus 12:3-14
II. Moses and Aaron to Speak. The Lord gives instructions to Moses and Aaron to give to the people in this section of our Sunday School material. The instructions include the need to offer a sheep or goat.
There is to be blood put on the door frame to signal the Lord to pass over the house, instead of destroy the first born of the house. The people of God are to remember this occasion for generations to come with a festival.
- Full participation. Notice in vss. 3-4 if of our Sunday School material that all in the community of God’s people were called to hear and obey God’s will. There were no adults so big that they were excused. Nor were there any who were so small or poor that they were excluded.
In like manner, it is important for every member of the local church to fully participate in what God is calling the church to do. We can do better together. This is true of studying, serving, giving, and more. Let’s work on working together with full participation.
- Sacrifices. Notice in vss. 5-13 that there are similarities between Jesus substitution for us and the lamb or goat in the text. Perhaps the greatest similarity is that both Jesus and the animals were slain for those who believed.
However, both in our Sunday School material and today, God is calling those who have been protected by the blood to live according to His will.
At the core of God’s will is for us to make sure that we are saved and that we are loving God with all that we have and loving others, as we love ourselves. Let’s work on living like we appreciate the sacrifice made for us.
- From bitter herbs to God’s promises. Notice in vs. 8 that the people were to eat bitter herbs and bread without yeast. These items seem to remind the people that the good old days were not all of that good.
In like manner, we should remember that before we were saved, we were going to Hell. There are too many who talk about the good old days, as if they were so much better. With God, our best days are in front of us, not behind us.
Let’s live like we appreciate being delivered from bitter herbs and trust God to keep His promises.
- Obeying in faith. Notice in vss. 12-13 of the Sunday School material that the people were called to obey in faith, not necessarily obeying because they understood. If some of those who live today were in the text, we would have had a number of questions and comments along with meetings before we would obey.
Let’s work on trusting God enough to simply obey. There are somethings that we will not understand now, but we may understand better “by and by.” God calls us to walk by faith, not by sight.
- Festival. Notice in vs. 14 that the people were to carry out the festival to help them remember how God brought them out of slavery. In like manner, we need to stop and remember how God has been so good to us.
Church and Pastor Anniversaries can be great times to remember. The more we remember, the more we should be inspired to obey what God is calling us to do today. Let’s work on remember what God has done and being inspired to obey Him today.
Conclusion: Let’s work on living like we appreciate all that has been sacrificed for us. God has much for those who obey His will.Please click here to let us know, if this has been quality and helpful information for you (i.e., make sure you let us know the name of the article). Feel free to share your questions and comments about the article as well.