HOW DID YOU SEE GOD THIS WEEK AS YOU FOLLOWED HIM?

WHAT DID GOD SAY IN HIS WORD?

Opening Question:

What yearly traditions do you celebrate? Have they played a role in shaping you to be who you are today?

God designed the Exodus to shape his people as they remembered it through the Passover, Feast of Unleavened Bread, and Redemption of the Firstborn. So let’s read how this part of the Exodus shapes the people of God:

12:43 And the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “This is the statute of the Passover: no foreigner shall eat of it, 44 but every slave that is bought for money may eat of it after you have circumcised him. 45 No foreigner or hired worker may eat of it. 46 It shall be eaten in one house; you shall not take any of the flesh outside the house, and you shall not break any of its bones. 47 All the congregation of Israel shall keep it. 48 If a stranger shall sojourn with you and would keep the Passover to the LORD, let all his males be circumcised. Then he may come near and keep it; he shall be as a native of the land. But no uncircumcised person shall eat of it. 49 There shall be one law for the native and for the stranger who sojourns among you.” 50 All the people of Israel did just as the LORD commanded Moses and Aaron. 51 And on that very day the LORD brought the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt by their hosts.

13:1 The LORD said to Moses, 2 “Consecrate to me all the firstborn. Whatever is the first to open the womb among the people of Israel, both of man and of beast, is mine.” 3 Then Moses said to the people, “Remember this day in which you came out from Egypt, out of the house of slavery, for by a strong hand the LORD brought you out from this place. No leavened bread shall be eaten. 4 Today, in the month of Abib, you are going out. 5 And when the LORD brings you into the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, which he swore to your fathers to give you, a land flowing with milk and honey, you shall keep this service in this month. 6 Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, and on the seventh day there shall be a feast to the LORD. 7 Unleavened bread shall be eaten for seven days; no leavened bread shall be seen with you, and no leaven shall be seen with you in all your territory. 8 You shall tell your son on that day, ‘It is because of what the LORD did for me when I came out of Egypt.’ 9 And it shall be to you as a sign on your hand and as a memorial between your eyes, that the law of the LORD may be in your mouth. For with a strong hand the LORD has brought you out of Egypt. 10 You shall therefore keep this statute at its appointed time from year to year.

11 “When the LORD brings you into the land of the Canaanites, as he swore to you and your fathers, and shall give it to you, 12 you shall set apart to the LORD all that first opens the womb. All the firstborn of your animals that are males shall be the LORD’s. 13 Every firstborn of a donkey you shall redeem with a lamb, or if you will not redeem it you shall break its neck. Every firstborn of man among your sons you shall redeem. 14 And when in time to come your son asks you, ‘What does this mean?’ you shall say to him, ‘By a strong hand the LORD brought us out of Egypt, from the house of slavery. 15 For when Pharaoh stubbornly refused to let us go, the LORD killed all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both the firstborn of man and the firstborn of animals. Therefore I sacrifice to the LORD all the males that first open the womb, but all the firstborn of my sons I redeem.’ 16 It shall be as a mark on your hand or frontlets between your eyes, for by a strong hand the LORD brought us out of Egypt.”

Reflect Together:

Who gets to participate in the Passover? Why do you think God sets up exclusion and inclusion that way? Does God seem more excluding or including to you based on 12:43-49?

God gives the Israelites 3 rituals to remember the night of the Exodus and tells them to pass on to their kids 3 different truths. What were they? (see 12:24-27; 13:8-9, 13:14-15).

WHAT DID GOD SAY TO ME THROUGH HIS WORD?

The Israelites remembered how God brought them out of Egypt to be his people through the 1-2-3 of Passover, Unleavened Bread, and Redemption of the Firstborn. What regular or yearly practices help you maintain or live out your identity as part of God’s people?

WHAT DOES GOD WANT ME TO DO ABOUT IT?

Maybe you’ve fallen out of practice of a habit that has helped shape you to be more like Christ. Ask each other how you can take a step to renew that habit this week. If it would be helpful, you can pair up or form smaller groups to work together on establishing these habits (teamwork helps a lot!).

Maybe God is calling you to establish a new habit or tradition to better remember your identity in Christ. Brainstorm and borrow traditions from each other that have been helpful in forming your Christian identity.