Are you new to teaching Sunday school and/or a parent who is looking for a lesson to aid in teaching children these stories from the Bible? Perhaps, neither and you are just looking for help with your personal study-whatever the case, I pray the following information will prove useful to you.
The following is a guideline/study I put together several years ago to help explain the connection between the first Passover of the Old Testament and Jesus Christ, the final Passover lamb of the New Testament, to teens and new believers. However, it is suitable for all levels of study. Feel free to print it and use it as is, or modify it to fit your specific needs. Go through the study at least once before presenting it to a group.
The Old Testament – the first Passover and the animal sacrifice
Read Exodus 12:1-24 then answer the following questions.
1. What kind of animal did the Israelite people have to sacrifice to God?
2. What was required of the animal in order for it to be an acceptable sacrifice?
3. What did the people have to do with the blood in order to receive protection?
4. What were they being protected from?
Be mindful of the answers above as we move to the New Testament.
The New Testament – the last Passover and Jesus as the sacrifice
Read the noted passages then answer the following questions.
John 1:29; Isaiah 53:7
1. Who is being described and what is being said about him?
Hebrews 9:14; 2 Corinthians 5:21
2. What requirement did Jesus fulfill to be an acceptable sacrifice?
3. What is the requirement for people to be "protected" by Jesus?
John 3:18, Romans 6:23
4. What protection does the blood of Jesus give to people?
The writer of Hebrews concludes this subject in explaining that the New Testament supersedes the Old Testament throughout the entire book. Read it to get a fresh understanding of its message in light of the Scriptures above.
By trusting in the shed blood of Christ, we choose to die to ourselves and walk in the newness of life through faith. True faith will lead to a transformed life characterized by our obedience. Just as the Israelite people had to cover their homes with the blood of the lamb, we too must cover our hearts with the blood of the Lamb.
The Apostle Paul says it like this:
"Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover was crucified for us. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth." 1 Corinthians 5:7-8
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Teresa is an author, a speaker, and the Editor-in-Chief of RMS1437 Publishing. She has been married for 26 years, and has three grown children. Her greatest joy is leading others closer to Christ through practical study of the word of God. She prefers using the lighter things in life and a good laugh to make her point, but realizes the darker and deeper things of life must also be addressed. For more information on her available books and studies, or speaking engagements, visit www.teresaortiz.com.
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Teresa, the combination of your great intelligence, strong writing and shining countenance must have Satan sweating bullets.God Bless You...Respond to this comment
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Hi Ken, thank you for reading and taking a moment to comment. And thanks for the kind words. I am humbled.Keep growing in the faith!Blessings,TeresaRespond to this comment
» left by Lorrie Davids (4 years 64 days ago.)
I love Hebrews! Thanks, Teresa for this lesson on the perfect fit of the Old and the New.Respond to this comment
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Hi Lorrie!You are welcome. I do hope it helpful for many people. Lord bless you always! TeresaRespond to this comment
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Hi Mike from Eugene,I am glad you found this helpful. Lord bless you always! TeresaRespond to this comment
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This looks a lot better than what you find in most of those quarterly booklets. I hate those things. Keep up the good work!Respond to this comment
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Thank you Lance, I appreciate the encouraging words! I pray it helps many.
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that there's no good reason for dricvoe and that anyone who marries again is committing adultery in certain circumstances. Yeah, Paul can be tough, but if it were me wanting to leave out difficult teaching I'd probably want to ignore Jesus.That's just me though. It might be an interesting conversation to find out what he agrees with and what he doesn't and why. What's his basis for not agreeing with what they say?Respond to this comment