Sunday, October 16, 2016

Celebrating The Passover in my LDS Seminary Classroom

Exodus 12
 11 ¶And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the Lord’s passover.
12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord.
 13 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.

The lesson I taught pretty much came from the LDS Old Testament Manual Lesson 45: Exodus 12–13.  I'm just including it on here to complete my Jewish holidays that I covered in my class.

I brought crackers, lamb or roast beef, horseradish and grape juice to class.  I gave each student a small blue plate with a napkin and a small cup.  We passed out a small sample to each student.  The first year I went out and found lamb, but hardly any of the students would try it so the second year I used roast beef.  

I also put out all of my plaques of Egypt in a jar.  To see how to make it click here.  We discussed the plaques and how the Lord saved Israel from those plaques.  Then we read Exodus 12:11-13.

Here is what the food represents:

Lamb is Jesus Christ

Blood is the Atonement of Jesus Christ
Bitter herbs is bondage and sin
Unleavened bread is repentance and the removal of sin
Have the students taste the horseradish.  After they have tasted it then have them take a taste of the cracker.  They will notice that the cracker removes the bitter taste of the horseradish.  The atonement of Christ removes the bitterness of sin from our live.  The manual does such a good job of explaining this.  Click here to read it.
I also gave them a copy of this handout for their journals:

The students loved it!  
The church has a video of the passover to show the students: The Passover
There's also a few fun videos that you could show before class to the students:
These videos are fun for the students to watch to see how the modern Jews still celebrate the holiday after thousands of years.  I also think it's helpful for them to see that they really are not very different from us!

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