“Obey these instructions as a lasting ordinance for you and your descendants. When you enter the land that the Lord will give you as he promised, observe this ceremony. And when your children ask you, ‘What does this ceremony mean to you? Then tell them, ‘I is the Passover sacrifice to the Lord, who passed over eh houses of the Israelites in Egypt and spared our homes when he struck down the Egyptians.’ The the people bowed down and worshiped.” (Exodus 12:24-27)
Whenever the Passover meal has been observed in Jewish homes down through the centuries, its symbolism has been used to retell the story of the Exodus from Egypt. The combination of sensory experiences—-taste, touch, sight, sound and smell—-contribute to a vivid and memorable learning experience, enabling small children to grasp significant truths in concrete form long before they are able to understand abstract ideas. Christian have a similar teaching opportunity each time trey beak bread and pass the cup in observance of the Lord’s Supper.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, though Christians are not Jews, we still remember the lessons learned of the Passover and why it is still important to learn and remember the lesson, just as it is important for Christians to remember why we take the cup of wine and the bread or Host, and a remembrance of our Lord’s giving up his blood and flesh as a sacrifice for our sins. Today we continue to pray for those who are suffering in body, mind, and/or spirit, with friends, family, for those we don’t know, especially the people in Ukraine, as they are fighting for their very lives and way of life. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Jesus died for you, so now live for Him.”
“Who is it he is trying to teach? To whom is he explaining his message? To children weaned from their milk, to those just taken from the breast? For it is: Do and do, do and do, rule on rule, rule on rule a little here, and little there.” (Isaiah 28:9-10)
The drunken priests were mocking Isaiah as they asked sarcastically, ‘Are you here to teach us, as though we were small children?’ In the process, they shed light on ancient Hebrew elementary education. Apparently, drill and repetition were important methods in the teaching of small children. So it is today. Modern instructional technology has never replaced guided practice as a major teaching strategy. Computer assisted instruction often provides an electronic medium for leaning ‘rule on rule.’ We need to learn o use the best technology to apply old and true methods of education.
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—-think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—-put it into practice. And he God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:8-9)
Modern day educators speak of the learner’s active participation in the educational process. That is what Paul advocated here. The Greek word (logizethe) underlying ‘think’ means, ‘to calculate,’ ‘to reckon carefully.’ To think then is too weigh seriously the cost of incorporating the virtues listed in verse 8 into one’s daily life. Thus, the Christian is to grapple with these concepts, not just reflect on them passively.
2ND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.” (Luke 24-27)
The Bible is the textbook of the Christian faith. The Old Testament sheds light on the mission and teaching of Jesus Christ, and the New Testament enlarges our understanding of the message of Israel’s prophets. Christian teaching must be based on Scripture, must point to Jesus Christ, and must not contradict Scripture.