What is Passover?
Over the past 3,000 years, Passover has endured as the most celebrated and widely observed holiday in the Jewish tradition. The Passover holiday, which begins this year at sundown on April 5 and ends at sundown on April 13, commemorates the seminal event in Jewish history — the story of the Exodus which led to the birth of the Jewish nation, Israel. In addition, the most basic and fundamental principles found in Judaism — faith, prayer, deliverance, freedom, and service to God — are woven into this timeless story.
It is one of the foundational stories in the Hebrew Bible (which Christians know as the Old Testament) — Moses leading God’s people out of Egypt, away from Pharaoh and out of slavery. The suffering of the children of Israel and their deliverance from slavery reaffirms our faith that God protects, provides for, and deeply loves His people and that He hears our prayers.
Once a year, Jews devote an entire week to recalling the events of the Exodus, internalizing these messages, and growing in their faith.
The Passover Experience
It is our hope that through these teachings we can provide you with educational resources that will build bridges of understanding about the Jewish roots of Christianity and deepen the spiritual bonds between us.
These study materials will deeply enrich your understanding of how intertwined the Passover and Easter celebration are. These will also expand your spiritual life as you reflect on how God miraculously works in the lives of His people.
You can use these materials in your church worship service, Bible study groups, small group studies, or other adult education settings.
We encourage you to use and share these educational tools so they might be a blessing for all. It is our prayer that these biblical teaching tools will be an encouragement and inspiration to you as we celebrate together God's love and care for all His people.
Bible Study Resources
An Insightful Three-Week Study of the Events Leading up to the Exodus and First Passover Celebration.
Expand your understanding of the Passover celebration and its significance not only to the Jewish faith, but also to the Christian faith, through these three Bible studies. Each explores a different aspect of the events culminating in the Exodus of the Israelites from bondage as slaves in Egypt and the celebration of the first Passover. Discover how many of the sacred aspects of Christian worship are found in these pivotal events of the Jewish people and nation.
God Sends a Deliverer
God chooses Moses to deliver His people from slavery—despite Moses' many objections.
Pharaoh's Hardened Heart
Despite increasingly difficult circumstances God imposes through nine plagues, Pharaoh's heart is hardened against Moses' request to let God's people go.
Remember This Day!
God brings the tenth and most devastating plague, killing the firstborn in each Egyptian household. But God promises to pass over the houses of the Israelites if they follow His instructions and place the blood of a sacrificed lamb on the doorframes of each household. God instructs the people on how to celebrate this miraculous deliverance, the first Passover or Feast of Unleavened Bread.
Use this overview of the Passover as a handout for your Bible study, or as an additional resource as your prepare a lesson or teaching on the Passover.