Passover is one of three biblical holidays we celebrate to remember Christ’s death and resurrection. This week, we celebrate the days coming up to Passover, which we will celebrate on Saturday evening. That is followed immediately by the Feast of Unleavened Bread, then First Fruits. Unleavened Bread lasts 7 days.
Yes, Christ is the lamb who was sacrificed on Passover! Praise His name. Because Unleavened Bread and Firstfruits are actually separate Feasts from Passover, I hope to include a second part to this post, offering ideas for embracing those celebrations. For this one though, I’m focusing on Passover.
We are embracing feasts that were established in the Old Testament, honoured by Christ Jesus, and prophesied of the wonderful, amazing truth of Christ, our Saviour.
One thing I had to wrap my mind around when we started embracing the biblical feasts is that the Hebrew Calendar is not the same as our calendar so Passover (along with all the other feasts) will almost never fall on the same day or day of the week in our ‘Roman’ calendar. This year Passover and “Easter” are very close in timing, however, many years they are up to a month apart.
So… here are some of the ways we are embracing a Christ-centered Passover this year.
Studying a Biblical Passover-
My sweet friend Robin at Heart of Wisdom was so kind to give me a copy of Adam to Messiah for review. I was in the midst of reading through the volumes to post a detailed review (coming soon!) when I was prompted to check for a lesson related to Passover. I flipped to the Ancient Egypt Book and voila! So, we’ll be using this lesson for this week. Maybe this is a mini ‘plug’ for the Adam to Messiah curriculum, because WOW do I love this! I am so excited about implementing this into our homeschool!!!
We will be doing the following from the lesson:
-Make a list of the plagues, from memory if possible. Then read Psalm 78. Which plagues are mentioned?
-Once the plagues are listed (on chalk board), I will hand the children their own little pictures of the plagues, which they will attempt to put in order (by memory).
-Copying scripture for copywork.
-Reading through the account of the exodus found in the Old Testament.
-We will also discuss the prophetic and deeper meanings to the plagues. For example, the Nile was the Egyptians’ idol which God defeated by turning the Nile to blood. The blood is also a symbol of how blood thirsty and sinful the Egyptians were to slaughter the Hebrews’ children. The frogs represented the fertility goddess, Isis. Once the plague came, the dead frogs, which we supposed to symbolize life, were left in heaping piles as a reminded of God’s supreme power and glory over the false gods of Egypt.
Can you think of the 10 plagues from memory?
Reading through the Passover Story in one of our Children’s Bibles:
The Story of Christ (object lessons from our Pesach Box):
Symbolic Meanings and Readings:
The lamb reminds us that Jesus is the Lamb of God, the One True Passover Lamb who died once and for all so we may be cleansed of our sins and draw close to the Him.
The two candles are the Sabbath Candles that remind us that Jesus is the Light of the World.
The 10 Plagues Symbolic Activity
We have been following (loosely, mind you) the ideas shared here for the
. We are only on Day 5, but it has been really neat to see the kids make the connections.
Other Readings and Activities:
- reading through all of the account of the Exodus and the Passover as well as scriptures referring to Christ’s death and resurrection as well as references to Christ as the Lamb, and as the Shepherd.
- making our flags for Passover, Unleavened Bread and Firstfruits.
- reading through corresponding sections of the Victor Journey Through the Bible.
- Reading several picture books corresponding to Passover
- Copywork with scriptures and art. We will start with John 10:11 and a picture of a lamb from Draw Write Now.
- Sketching a Lamb
- Reading about Sheep in the Bible with our Big Bible Guide (we love this book)
- Poetry study – “God Speaks” by Lucy Martin from All Day Long from Christian Light Publications (Love this poetry book!)
- Hymn study – Oh, the Blood of Jesus
- Hebrew – learning the words to Oh, the Blood of Jesus in Hebrew
- Poetry for Copywork – Passover by Myra Cohn Livingston
|Picture study, a painting by Robert Bateman.|
|We love this Poetry book from Christian Light Publications, highly recommend it!|
|The Big Bible Guide (Creation and Animals)|
|We will work at learning the words in Hebrew to “Oh, the Blood”. We love Joshua Aaron and use his cds to not only worship the Lord, but learn Hebrew!|
We will also be doing a neat activity, matching the truths about how Christ Jesus is displayed in every part of Passover. We will be using this chart from
I highly (HIGHLY) recommend this book if you are looking to embrace the feasts, it has been a huge blessing to us.
Afun Matzah cover handicraft
These 10 Plagues story prompts
A Sedar learning plate, similar to this one
Activity Ideas for Passover from Heart of Wisdom
Ann Voskamp’s family Passover celebration and thoughts
Free Christian Passover Sedar printable
Really neat Passover Sedar from Passion for Truth Ministries
From the Passover Lamb to the Lamb of God from Focus on the Family