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Start the challenge by finding and reading two Bible verses from Exodus 12:26,27a.

Do you remember the story of God putting the first rainbow in the sky? (see Challenge 1) What did the sign of the rainbow mean?

Next time you’re out and about, look around at what signs you can see. Can you find signs that:

  • point the way?
  • use a picture but no words?
  • help?
  • warn?
  • protect?

What signs tell you that a special day is coming? How can you tell if someone is having a birthday, or if Christmas is coming or if it’s the holidays?

What sign would you make to give a message to God? And what message would it show?

 

Read more…

The story so far…

God has said that all the oldest sons, of people and animals, are going to die. Only Moses and God’s people, the Hebrews, will be safe – as long as they do exactly what God has told them to do.

Now read Exodus 12:21–28,50,51 together.

 

What happened next…

After this, the Egyptians were so glad to see their slaves leave that they gave them gold and jewels to send them on their way. God led them into the desert and towards the Red Sea. The people knew where to go because God gave them a cloud to follow in the day time and a fire to follow at night. But they had not escaped yet…

 

Explore the Bible

Answer the questions from Big Bible Challenge page 30 together.

 

Did you know…?

Passover Jews still keep the feast of Passover today to remember the very first Passover meal on the night before they left Egypt. They ate roasted lamb, standing up and eating quickly so that they were ready to leave. They also ate herbs and bread made without yeast.

Blood The people put some blood from the lambs around their doorways as a sign that they were God’s people. God sent his angel to kill all the firstborn sons of the animals and people but the angel “passed over” the houses of the Israelites when it saw the blood.

Angel Angels in the Bible are messengers from God, speaking or performing some action for him. They are not cute and friendly pretty creatures, like the ones in cartoons and on Christmas trees! They are powerful and, in this case, bring death to humans and animals.

 

Try it out

Make some flatbread, similar to the Passover bread.

You will need:

1 cup of flour

½ cup water

Salt

Olive oil

Baking sheet

Rolling pin

Mixing bowl

Fork

Wire rack

Access to an oven

Gather everything you need before you start. Make sure your hands and working area are clean. If you or your child has a food allergy, make sure you use ingredients that are safe for both of you to eat.

 

1 Heat the oven to “hot”: 220 °C/gas mark 7.

2 Put the flour into a bowl and add a pinch of salt. Gradually add the water to the flour, stirring quickly with a fork. When you have some dough, shape it into a ball.

3 Dust a work surface and the rolling pin with flour.

4 Before you start rolling the dough, ask your Bible Coach or another grown-up to put the baking sheet into the oven to heat up.

5 Divide the dough into 4 or 6 pieces. Flatten the ball between your hands and then place it on the floured surface.

6 Use the rolling pin to roll each piece into a circle, roughly 12 cm across. Let the dough “rest” for a few minutes. Then roll it again to make circles about 20 cm across. Prick the dough with a fork.

7 Ask your Bible Coach or grown-up to bring the hot baking sheet from the oven. Place the dough circles onto the sheet.

8 Bake in the hot oven for 2 minutes on each side, until the bread is lightly brown and crisp.

9 Transfer the bread to a wire rack to cool.

10 Sprinkle lightly with olive oil to taste.

If possible, make your bread so that it is ready in the evening. Dress in your outdoor clothes as though you are about to go on a long journey and eat your bread standing-up, just as God’s people did on the night of the first Passover meal.

 

Talk to God

The Passover meal was a way in which the people of God could remember what he had done for them. What has God done for you that you want to remember and celebrate?

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