The Passover

This is a simplified version of the Bible story found in Exodus 12:1-20, written for children to understand. For the original version, please refer to the Bible passage.

One day, God spoke to Moses and Aaron in Egypt and told them that He had a plan to rescue the Israelites from their slavery. He wanted to free them and take them to a new land that He had promised to their ancestors.

To begin the plan, God instructed the Israelites to celebrate a special feast called the Passover. It was a way to remember how God had saved them from their enemies and to show their trust in Him for the future.

God told Moses and Aaron that they needed to choose a perfect lamb, without any blemishes, and keep it in their homes for four days. Then on the 14th day of the month, they were to kill the lamb and use its blood to mark the doorposts of their houses.

God also gave them specific instructions for how to cook and eat the lamb. They were to roast it and eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. They were not allowed to eat it raw or boiled in water, only roasted. They were to eat it quickly, with their belts fastened, their sandals on their feet, and their staffs in their hands, ready to leave at a moment’s notice.

On that same night, God was going to pass through Egypt and punish the Egyptians by taking the life of every firstborn son and animal. But when God saw the blood on the doorposts of the Israelites’ houses, He “passed over” them and they were safe. That’s why it’s called the Passover.

God told the Israelites to remember the Passover every year to celebrate how He had saved them from their enemies. They were to do it in the same way that God had instructed them, so that they would never forget the powerful way that God had rescued them.

Biblical Lessons

  • God is powerful and can save His people from any problem.
  • We should always be thankful for the things that God does for us.
  • Remembering important events in our lives is a good way to show gratitude and stay connected to our past.

Related Stories

The Birth of Moses

Crossing the Red Sea

Egypt’s Ten Plagues

The Burning Bush

The Ten Commandments