What are some memorial rituals that Canadians observe to remember significant past events? Why do we do this?
Pastor Matt opened with a monologue describing how he thought the first Passover might have been experienced by a Hebrew family. Place yourself in the story, what might you have been thinking, feeling, or experiencing if you were there?
Have you experienced any of those same thoughts, or feelings as you face different situations in your life today? Can we learn anything from the faith of the people of Israel?
In spite of threats and warnings, Pharaoh refuses to listen to the voice of God. He sees many wonderful things, but is not obedient. Compare this with the effect of Christ’s miracles in John 12:37, and its implications for the extent to which sin has affected our understanding and will.
If someone asked you what the Passover was about, what would you say?
The theme of redemption is a common one in modern hymns. What difference should it make in our lives to be able to sing that we are ‘redeemed by the blood of the lamb’?
Read Matthew 26:17–29. Jesus wants to keep the Passover, but he inaugurates a new rite, which we call the Lord’s Supper. What are the similarities between Passover and Lord’s Supper? What are the differences? What does this passage tell us about the continuity between the Old and New Testaments?
1 Corinthians 11:23–29 lays down guidelines for celebrating the Lord’s Supper. How do these compare with the guidelines for the Passover? How do the feasts shed light on each other?
Observe God’s judgment Exodus 12:29-32. “...there was not a house where someone was not dead.” How do you react to this amount of deaths at God’s hands? What reasons for this judgment has the story given us up to this point? In other words, why would God do this?
Look again at 12:7-13. These instructions are all intended to leave Israel in a state of readiness. At any moment, their escape from slavery may come. Jesus tells us to be ready at all times for His return (Matt. 24:36-44). How can we prepare ourselves?
Read Exodus 12:26-27. What habits or memorials should you or could you, practice in your home that will cause those around you to ask, “Why are you doing this?”
Read Matthew 26:28. In the same way that God passed over the people of Israel because of the blood of spotless lambs, God’s judgment passes over us on account of Christ’s blood. How do we rehearse and remember this great truth of the gospel, both personally and communally?
In addition to the memorial practice of Passover, we also find the consecration of the firstborn. As a group, reflect on how each of this not only pointed back to the story of the exodus but forward to the story of Christ.
Reflect on the idea that God’s people are redeemed from slavery, for slavery. How does this need to shape your view of yourself as a member of God’s redeemed people?
“To serve God is to find true freedom.” Identify a way in which you struggle with sin. How might this simple truth liberate you to resist that temptation?