The New Passover

“This day will be a day of remembering for you.
You will observe it as a festival to the Lord. You will observe it in every generation as a regulation for all time.
Exodus 14:12

The tenth and final plague against the Egyptians is about to happen: the Angel of Death will soon come to the houses of Egyptian families and kill the first born males.  How will death know the difference between the homes of Egyptians and those of the Hebrews?  Today’s reading tells what Hebrew families are to do.  Hyssop, a lovely shrub that grows around the world, is to be dipped into the blood of the lamb to be eaten and then smeared on the doorposts of Hebrew houses so that death will “Passover” those homes; thus the name for this celebration of freedom.   

  Hyssop was dipped into vinegar and brought to the lips of Jesus on the cross in John 19:29.  St. John wants us to feel the connection with the blood of the lamb smeared on the doorposts of the Hebrews and the vinegar smeared on Jesus’ lips.  The Resurrection of Jesus: the new Passover!

 Exodus 12:14-28

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You brought us out of Egypt. v. 17
The unleavened bread of Christ v. 20
Blood of Christ upon my heart v. 22
The Passover of the Lord v. 27

The Saturday passages follow the reading list that Jewish people use in their synagogue worship
throughout the world. They are taken from
“The Torah,” the first five books of the Bible from Genesis to Deuteronomy
that are read each year beginning with autumn.

These Firestarters are for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook.  You will have the entire program of well over a thousand of these introductions with you on your phone or tablet! Check the menu options at the site for more information.

God’s Power is Here!

Everyone was shaken and questioned among themselves, “What’s this? A new teaching with authority! He even commands unclean spirits and they obey him!” Mark 3:27

When an ambassador comes to a country, the person is so respected that it’s as though the President, King or Queen of the country is present. When the ambassador speaks, the ruler speaks. St. Mark tells about the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, each verse like a karate chop to describe the arrival of divine power into human lives. “Authority” is the word that St. Mark uses to express this idea. Jesus brings the full power of God in

his teaching and in the miracles that begin to flow from him.

The first miracle is that of casting out an unclean spirit, sometimes called a demon. The unclean spirit cannot hang around where God’s power breaks in. Jesus does this on the Sabbath—hint of coming angry resistance to God by the religious authorities who object that Jesus does this on the Sabbath. Imagine: calling healing, “work” and thus failing to rejoice in the power of God’s love!

Stand with the crowd in the synagogue and watch Jesus bring God’s power and love.

Mark 1:21-31

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New teaching—authority v. 27
Unclean spirits must obey. v. 27
You touch me—I am in peace. v. 31
All the sick converge on You. v. 32

Fridays are dedicated to the Gospels. This year, we generally read from the Gospel of Mark.

These Firestarters are for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook.  You will have the entire program of well over a thousand of these introductions with you on your phone or tablet! Check the menu options at the site for more information.

Perfect Love Casting Out Fear

Throughout the first letter of St. John which we’ve been reading on Thursdays, you’ll notice that he writes very simple, directs truths about God, our relation to God and to one another. This is especially so in today’s reading. Take verse 18 for example. “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love.” Now there’s a verse to ponder!

Here’s a Bible Breath on that verse: “Perfect love casting out fear.” As you breath in the first three syllables,”Perfect love, ” think about God’s love entering into you. When you breath out, “casting out fear,” let all fears be released from you. 

God enables us to have compassion, even for those who dislike us and make us their enemies. When you find that you’re frightened by someone, turn to the Bible Breath above, open to God’s love for that other person. That one especially needs to feel loved.

1 John 4:13-21

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Perfect love casting out fear
You hear me in all I ask. v. 14
Born of God, I’m protected. v. 18
I’m given understanding. v. 20

Thursdays are dedicated to the letters of Paul, other letters,
the Book of Acts, and the Book of Revelation.

These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook.  You will have the entire program of well over a thousand of these introductions with you on your phone or tablet! Check the menu options at the site for more information.