Exodus is perhaps the most important story in Jewish/Christian history. It establishes God’s name to Moses at the burning bush (“I AM”), it tells about God’s anger at injustice, it forms the basis for the Passover rituals in Judaism and Holy Communion in Christianity. The rest of the Bible is built around remembering what God has done for God’s people, freeing them from Egypt and bringing them to the Promised Land. It’s important that we understand this story in order to understand how God continues to liberate God’s people from sin and injustice.
Work together as a family/household as you participate in the activities and readings.
Read: Exodus 3:1-7 and 33:17-23. In the first passage, Moses is afraid to look at God’s face. In the second passage, Moses WANTS to see God. What do you think changed?
Note that in the first passage, Moses has been on the run after killing the Egyptian. But by the second passage, Moses has been in relationship with God and wants to be even closer.
Activity: When the Israelites waited for the Angel of Death to ‘pass over’ their houses as it killed all the first-born sons, they were to make unleavened bread. They wouldn’t have time to let it rise like proper bread, so this would be simple flatbread, made quickly so that they would be ready to go when Pharaoh said the word. Make your own unleavened bread as a family and serve it for a sit-down meal together.
Download the recipe and prayers here.
Eat & Pray: This is a meal of celebration and praise. Take your time to pray and eat with intention. Make it special. As you eat your meal with unleavened bread, say the following prayers:
As you light the candles: May the festival lights we now kindle inspire us to use our powers to heal and not harm, to help and not hinder, to serve You, O God of freedom.
Before you begin: Blessed are you, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has chosen us from all people and exalted and sanctified us with your Commandments. In love you have given us, O Lord our God, solemn days of joy and festive seasons of gladness. You gave us this Feast of unleavened Bread, the season of freedom, to commemorate our liberation from Egypt. You have chosen us for your service and have made us sharers in the blessings of your Holy Festivals. Blessed are you, O Lord, who sanctified Israel and the festive seasons.
Raise the bread for a blessing: Blessed are you, O Lord our God, King of the universe, who brings forth bread from the earth and who has saved us by your commandments.
After the meal, raise your cup for a blessing: Blessed are you, O Lord our God, King of the universe, for the wine, fruit of the vine, and for all the bountiful produce of the field. We give thanks to you for all your goodness to us and for your loving kindness. Blessed are you, O God, for the earth and for the fruit of the vine.
Consider: Did these words and actions remind you of anything? If so, what and why?