Welcome everyone to today's family devotion! We're going to explore a fascinating part of the Bible from Exodus 11-13, where we learn about God's amazing power, His justice, and His loving deliverance. Our story takes us on a journey from a time of judgment to a time of salvation.
1. God's Judgement: In Exodus 11, we read about the 10th and final plague that God sent upon Egypt. This was a time of judgment on Pharaoh and the people because of their disobedience. Why do you think God sometimes allows difficult things to happen to help people learn important lessons?
2. God's Deliverance: In Exodus 12, God gave very specific instructions to the Israelites for the Passover meal. It was a way for them to be saved from the final plague. Why do you think God provided a way of escape for His people even after the judgment?
3. Symbolism of Passover: The blood of a lamb was put on the doorposts, and the Israelites were to eat unleavened bread. What do you think these symbols meant? (For kids: Explain that the blood represented protection, and the unleavened bread symbolized being ready to leave quickly.)
4. Jesus and Passover: In the New Testament, we learn that Jesus is often referred to as the "Lamb of God." Why do you think this symbolism is used? How does Jesus' sacrifice relate to the Passover story?
Questions for Kids:
1. Why did God send plagues to Egypt?
2. What was the purpose of putting blood on the doorposts?
3. How do you think the Israelites felt during the Passover night?
Questions for Teenagers:
1. Why do you think Pharaoh continued to resist even after the plagues?
2. How does the Passover event foreshadow Jesus' role in the New Testament?
3. Reflect on a time in your life when you felt God's deliverance from a difficult situation.
Let's close our devotion with a prayer, thanking God for His justice and mercy, and for the incredible gift of Jesus as our Savior. As we go about our days, may we remember that God's deliverance is always available to us.
Thank you for joining in this special time of learning and reflection. Have a blessed day, everyone!