Have a group member read Exodus 12:1-32 aloud.
What are some memorial rituals that Americans observe to remember significant past events? Why do we do this?
The story of Passover is filled with shadows that find their fulfillment in Christ. As a group, discuss as many as you can find (read ahead to 12:43-51 to help with your answers). Then look at 1 Peter 1:19.
Why does Christ’s spotless character make Him able to pay for our sin?
Look at Exodus 12:29-32. Why did this plague lead to the successful release of the Israelites? How is it ironic? Look back at Exodus 1:22 to help with your answer.
Observe God’s judgment in these verses. How do you react to this amount of deaths at God’s hands? What reasons for this judgment has the story given us up to this point? In other words, why would God do this?
Look again at vv. 7-13. These instructions are all intended to leave Israel in a state of readiness. At any moment, their escape from slavery may come. Jesus tells us to be ready at all times for His return (Matt. 24:36-44). How can we prepare ourselves?
Read vv. 26-27. What habits or memorials should you practice in your home that will cause those around you to ask, “Why are you doing this?”
Read Matthew 26:28. In the same way that God passed over the people of Israel because of the blood of spotless lambs, God’s judgment passes over us on account of Christ’s blood. How do we rehearse and remember this great truth of the gospel, both personally and communally?
What attribute of God did you see in this week’s passage that particularly struck you? How should it change the way you pray, think, speak or act this week?