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"Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up" Deuteronomy 6:5-7 (NIV).
Can you think of any holidays that are more important to Christians than Easter and
Christmas? Probably not; yet, as important and meaningful as these two holidays are, God did not mandate them for his people to celebrate. Only in
the Older Testament, the Hebrew Scriptures, do we find seven, Holy Day feasts. These festivals were established and set apart by God for his people to
observe a time of worship and rest.
Why is it important for children to study these feasts today?
First, the Hebrew word for feasts means appointed times. God has chosen them for a holy purpose. Therefore, carefully studying the feasts will help children understand God's love, purpose and plan for their lives.
Second, the feasts have both historical and prophetic significance. In the first feast, Passover, we see God's care, provision and protection for his people when he provided a Passover lamb. He delivered them from bondage in Egypt, and he delivers us from bondage today through Jesus, the Lamb of God. In the last
feast, Tabernacles, we see how God faithfully led and lived among the Jewish people as they wandered the desert, living in temporary shelters. Today, those who trust in Christ are tabernacling their way to the Promised Land, the new heaven and earth, as Jesus dwells with them in the person of the Holy Spirit.
Third, we cannot understand Jesus' ministry apart from the context of the Older Testament and these seven feasts. For example, when Jesus took the cup and broke the bread during what we now call the Lord's Supper, Communion or Eucharist he was in the midst of celebrating Passover. Understanding the context of the Passover Feast can open our eyes to glorious truths of Scripture and open our hearts in worship to God. Learn more and download a free sample!
The pictures tell the Easter story. Children color and cut their own set of twelve eggs. Use them to hold your eggs, place the individual pictures inside 12 plastic eggs, or
place the pictures in one large egg! Download as many sets as you need for single-classroom or home use.
Learn more about our Easter Eggs activity.
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