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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Passover Reading and Resources

Passover week begins tonight at sundown. Passover, the Jewish holiday celebrating the deliverance of the Jews from Egyptian slavery, is closely linked to the Christian holiday of Easter. Jesus, our Passover Lamb, was in Jerusalem to celebrate Passover and was killed on Passover.

The Passover meal, or seder, commemorates the events of Israel's Exodus from Egypt, the plagues upon Egypt, and finally, the final plague of the death of the firstborn sons. God commanded the Israelites to sacrifice a young, unblemished lamb, mark their doorposts with its blood, and be spared the final plague as the angel of death "passed over" their home. The traditional readings for a seder meal are designed to teach children about the works of God through the Exodus.

For an excellent sermon from Charles Spurgeon about Christ, our Passover Lamb, click here.

This Maundy Thursday, Good Friday eve, our church is hosting a Jews for Jesus presentation about Christ in Passover. There may be one in your area as well. Check out the Jews for Jesus website for their list of "Christ in the Passover" events held this week in churches throughout the United States. If you do not have an opportunity to go to a presentation, Jews for Jesus has a video about Christ in the Passover that you might enjoy.

For a light-hearted and humorous children's story about modern traditions of Passover read A Carp in the Bathtub by Barbara Cohen. This is a funny story about two children who try to save their beloved carp from being turned into gefilte fish for Passover supper. It can be read aloud in one brief sitting.

Store-Bought Gefilte Fish (image from Wikipedia)

We also like the All of a Kind Family books, for heart-warming stories about an immigrant family in New York, set in the years before World War I. The Jewish faith and traditions of the family are part of their story, even as the children have ordinary adventures growing up in New York City in the early 1900s.

(I've mentioned these books before, but thought I would post about them again for Passover week.)

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