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God promises the children of Israel that if they mark their doorposts He will pass over them and not kill their firstborn on His way to kill the firstborn of the Egyptians.

Bible Study Tools

Discuss the Children of Israel Marking Their Doorposts:

  • Why would God tell the children of Israel to put blood on their doorposts? Would God not know where they live?

Creative Thinking About the Children of Israel Marking Their Doorposts:

  • Name as many reasons as you can why God would have the children of Israel use blood to mark their doorposts.
  • Name as many reasons as you can why God would have the children of Israel mark the doorpost as opposed to somewhere else.
  • In which circumstances is it okay to leave everything up to God and when do we have to do something to help ourselves?

Homeschool Activities for Everyone:

  • God gave the children of Israel a chance to save their firstborn. Write how God felt if one of the children of Israel did not mark his house with blood.
  • If one of the children of Israel put blood on the lintel but only one door post what do you think happened? Why?
  • God did not give the Egyptians a chance to save their firstborn. Do you think that He liked killing the Egyptians, was ambivalent, or did not like to do it at all? Explain your answer.
  • Blood was used to mark the doorposts of the children of Israel. Research blood.
  • Write a note of thanks to God for having your firstborn saved.
  • Write a dialogue between a firstborn asking his father to put blood on the doorposts and the father refusing.
  • This is the first plague that the children of Israel had a part to play. In all the other plagues God made a clear divide between the Egyptians and the children of Israel. Why do you think God now made the children of Israel do something to protect themselves?
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