Saturday, July 3, 2010

Passover 2010 recap...

What is Passover? Passover is one of the appointed feast times that God created for His people. We are His people! It was a memorial for them to remember that God delivered Israel up out of Egypt. All of the details they were asked to remember actually pointed towards our Messiah, Jesus coming to deliver us from our bondage to sin and death. It's like an anniversary date!

We began prep for Passover this year by cutting out and laminating a whole heap of jigsaw puzzle pieces. These doubled as placemats and a teaching tool to show us how the old + the new testament images of the 'Passover Lamb' were tied together. Stass was a great helper + so were the boys who coloured in a whole heap of images...
Some of these images are out of order but I can't quite work out how to fix 'em so here they are anyway...
Heiko + Loz with our Zip...


Some Passover word-finder activities...
The table all set and ready...

Heiko reading aloud some of the Exodus story to the kids while they coloured in before the dinner was ready...

Busy beavers colouring in...

Our little fam all dressed up...

I made these little Passover books + felt cases for each family. Inside were the lyrics to some of the worship songs we sang together + a 'shadow + fullfiment' chart I typed up so we could remember how God lovingly pointed to Jesus through the Passover story...

Brett puts up the 'blood' over the doorposts...


This Pesach (Passover) we had 14 people (including our fam) here. Everyone dressed up. Having Em's yummy Dukhar dip...
Bertt lighting the candles for the table...


We gathered in the loungeroom before dinner to watch a portion of the 'Prince of Egypt' movie...
Then Brett read the Exodus story aloud to us all...

Sitting down to enjoy the meal together...
Lamb, bitter herbs to remind us about the slavery of God's people in Egypt + the slavery of our lives to sin. Bitter herbs also represent Jesus' bitter suffering for us on the cross - laying down His life so that we may live. We also had unleavened bread + some vegies...

After dinner we wiped down the laminated placemats then put them on the floor and mixed them up. The kids (and the big kids!!) got down and tried to match up the shadow and fulfillment images...So for example, on the 10th day of Nisan, the Israelites were to chose a lamb without spot or blemish. The lamb was to dwell with the family for 4 days before being killed. Jesus was sinless (without spot or blemish) and rode into Jerusalem on a donkey on the 10th Day of Nisan. He stayed there for 4 days before he was killed.
The Israelites were commanded to put the lamb's blood over their door and that sign ensured they were delivered from death. We have the Lamb (Jesus)'s blood over our lives and we too are ensured that we are delivered from sin (death) + eternal death (and separation from God). These are such powerful images which continue to remind us of God's grace towards us. I am so thankful that He is so loving and has provided a way through for us all!
Worship time together...the kids really enjoyed joining in with their instruments. We sang the 'Our Passover Lamb Is He' song that I wrote this year...


Brett read aloud to us about the Last Supper Jesus had with his disciples before we took some 'bread' and 'wine' (juice) in a symbolic way to remember how Jesus' blood was spilled for us and how his body was broken...
At the end of the night I took a photo of the completed wall jigsaw + it stayed up until after First Fruits. We love these kind of visual reminders to help us learn more about God and His ways...
The Passover book I made with our photos and memories of our previous Passover celebrations...


Probably the best thing for us is these feasts are an excellent way to creatively teach our kids and ourselves more about His faithfulness, His Truth, His promises, His deliverance, His loving kindness, His forgiveness and compassion. They are times apponinted by Him which focus on Him and our relationship with Him.

There were more Passover photos but I'm not sure how to get them in the right spot so that'll be all good for now...:)

You can read about last year's Passover celebration HERE. I'm not sure where 2008's is but anyway, you get the drift!
Much love,
Lus x

2 comments:

lusi said...

Tara, there is a book that we ended up buying by Robin Sampson called 'A Family Guide to the Biblical Holidays' and it has been really helpful. I wrote a little about it with a link to a preview version in this post here: http://homeschoolingmamalusi.blogspot.com/2009/04/family-guide-to-biblical-holidays.html

A friend of mine just bought a copy from a place called The Book Depository I think. From memory she said there was no postage charge. It's really thick but is FULL of creative ideas to make these festivals a special time of fun + celebration + meaning.

I've also bought quite a few books from Koorong in the last 6 months about them. They are good background info kind of resources but not a lot of practical 'how to' kind of help which you get in the 'purple book' (the family guide...)

Hope that helps. :)

Much love,
Lus x

lusi said...

Oops! Just realised I posted this in the wrong comment section for a different post!

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