Water to blood, frogs, gnats, flies, disease, boils, hail, locusts, darkness … Moses said, “Let My people go!” But Pharaoh said, “No!” God judged the Egyptians through a series of plagues, but Pharaoh still refused to let God’s people go.
In Unit 5, Session 3 of The Gospel Project for Kids, kids will hear the story of the tenth plague and the Passover. (Exodus 11:1–13:16)
The tenth plague was the most severe. God told Moses that around midnight, every firstborn male in Egypt would die. But God would spare His people. He gave them specific instructions. They were to slaughter a lamb or goat and put its blood on their doorposts. The blood on the doorpost would be a distinguishing mark. When God saw the blood, He “passed over” the house.
The blood on the houses where you are staying will be a distinguishing mark for you; when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No plague will be among you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.
Exodus 12:13 (HCSB)
The Israelite people were sinful, and they deserved death just as much as the Egyptians did. But God, by His grace, provided them a way out. By marking their doorposts with the blood of a lamb, they were spared from the judgment and death they deserved. They deserved to die; the lamb was killed instead.
As you teach kids about the Passover, help them understand that this monumental event in the history of the Israelites was a shadow; it points to something much greater. The Passover was the way God chose to save His people from slavery in Egypt, and it is a picture of Christ’s sacrifice for sinners.
His death was the ultimate sacrifice, and those who are under His saving blood will be passed over in the final judgment. Jesus is “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).