THE PASSOVER – Death and Deliverance
Exodus 11:1-12:28, Key Verse 12:13
“The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.”
1. Read verses 1-8. What is God’s promise and instruction to Moses (1-2)? How do you account for the Egyptians’ change in attitude toward God’s people and Moses (3)? What is to be the nature, scope and result of God’s final judgment on Egypt (4-7) In what sense could Moses’ anger be justifiable or not? (8)
2. Read verses 9-10. From the human standpoint, why do you think Pharaoh was so obstinate that even this impending judgment failed to move him? (9-10) Like Moses, how can we continue to trust God in the face of seemingly irresistible unbelief among friends, family or relatives?
3. Read 12:1-13. What steps are the Israelites to take to be spared? (1-10) Why were they to eat the meal “in haste”? (11) What did God say he was going to do on the Passover night? (12) What would happen if the Israelites had blood on their homes? (13)
4. Read verses 14-20. Why did God want bread prepared in a certain way? (15) What were God’s instructions about the Feast of Unleavened Bread? (16-20)
5. Read verses 21-28. What did Moses tell the elders of Israel? (21-23) How were God’s instructions significant for Israel’s future? (24-27) How did the Israelite respond to Moses and Aaron? (28)
6. To make deliverance possible, the people had to believe and obey Moses. Why or why wouldn’t you have done so? (See Hebrews 11:28.) The Apostle Paul says Christ is our Passover Lamb (1 Cor. 5:7). What is required of a person for Jesus to be his or her Passover?