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Spring Feast Days

4/12/2009
This past week we studied and did activities on the Spring appointed Feasts - Passover, Feast of Unleavened Bread and Feast of First Fruits.

First we read about the first Passover in Exodus. We made up a mnemonic to help remember the plagues in order and I printed pictures to represent the plagues so they could put them in order. We had fun timing each other and Dylan was the quickest at 6 seconds! We included this in the Passover page of our Spring Feast lapbook (below).


We talked about how the Passover lamb was selected and then inspected for any blemishes four days before Passover. In the same way, four days before Passover, Yeshua (Jesus) rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, thus fulfilling prophecy. And just as the Passover lamb was selected and inspected to make sure it was without blemish, so was Yeshua found to be perfect and without sin.

So, we sang a song in Hebrew called HaChamor haKatan. It is a fun song about the donkey that carried Yeshua into Jerusalem.
I-AH, I-AH I-I-AH,
(hee haw, hee haw, hee hee haw)
hachamor hakatan, shelakach
(the donkey) (the little) (that took)
et Yeshua Lirushalayim.
(Yeshua) (to Jerusalem).
Eizeh keif, eizo simchah
(what fun) (what joy)
lachamor hakatan shelakach
(for the little donkey that took)
et Yeshua Lirushalayim.
Yeshua to Jerusalem.
Hoshannah, hoshannah, hoshannah ben David.
(Hosanna ) (son of David)
Hal'luYah, Hal'luYah Hal'lu et Elohim!
(Praise God) (Praise) (God)
And made these cute little donkeys.


We also made this cute lamb craft for Passover that I saw Homeschool Creations..


We used real sheep's wool that had not been cleaned yet, so it smelled quite authentic. We left off the ram's horns because the lamb required for the passover had to be one year old and it would not have had them yet. We talked about how Yeshua became the Passover Lamb when He was crucified.

The Feast of Unleavened Bread begins the day after the Passover and goes for 7 days. During this time, we remove all the leaven from our home. I sent the kids on a leaven hunt to find all the things that can be leaven, such as baking soda, baking powder and yeast.

 

Leaven is sometimes hard to find (just like sin is). Here Dylan is cleaning the crumbs out of the toaster
oven:

 
We read the Bible verse:
Purge out therefore the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, as you are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. 1 Corinthians 5:7-8
and discussed that leaven is symbolic of the sin in our lives. So we did a leaven hunt searching for sin in our hearts. I made a notebooking page for the boys to journal about the leaven they find and what unleavened qualities they want to replace them with, such as peace, patience and other fruits of the Spirit.
We made unleavened bread to have with grape juice in remembrance of Yeshua's death and the atoning sacrifice He made for us.

We made a traditional Matzah this time.

   

 Unleavened Bread Recipe (Traditional Matzah) 4 C. flour 2 heaping T. ground coriander seed 1 t. salt 3/4 C. olive oil 3/4 C. water (more as needed) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Oil a cookie tray. Mix coriander, salt and flour. Add oil. Knead the water into the dough until no longer sticky. Flatten the dough with a rolling pin until it is about 1/2 inch thick. Shape it to fit on cookie sheet then place on cookie sheet. Cut into squares or triangles. Cook in oven for 15-20 minutes until crispy (like a dry cracker). Eat for Unleavened bread week!

And Dylan made an unleavened chocolate cake. It was the best chocolate cake ever!  Here is the recipe.


We talked about how this year Passover was on a Friday, but in the year that Yeshua became the Passover Lamb and was crucified, Passover was on a Wednesday. I explained that Wednesday to Thursday night, then Thursday night to Friday Night, then Friday night to Saturday night, Yeshua was in the tomb (3 days and 3 nights). He rose on that Saturday night, which would have been the first day of the week or Sunday, since the day started the evening before at sunset.

We talked about how Yeshua rose on the Feast of First Fruits and that He is the First Fruits from the grave because he rose from the dead and is still living! Others have been raised from the dead (Lazarus for example) but they are dead now. Yeshua is still living, thus he is the first fruits from the grave.
So we celebrate the Feast of First Fruits as Yeshua's resurrection. This day is the first Sunday after the Passover.

We made a Fruit of the Spirit lapbook and did a bible study on the Fruits of the Spirit (this was important to help us find the unleavened qualities we wanted to replace the leavened ones with). And we had fruit punch, cut up fruit with cream cheese fruit dip and unleavened chocolate cake!

 

Our Spring Feasts lapbook:

Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread


The Feast of First Fruits and Fruit of the Spirit.


We are blessed to understand how Yeshua fulfilled the Spring Feasts and remember them to honor Him. We will now count up the weeks to the Feast of Weeks or Shavuot (which is also called Pentecost).

Delightful Links:

Lapbook Lessons -Fruit of the Spirit Lapbook

6 comments:

MoziEsmé said...

I so love this! I've seen lots of ideas for Easter crafts etc out there, but this so far is the only thing that really appeals to me. It goes far beyond the superficial...

Bernadete said...

Great week! I love all your ideas! Thanks for sharing!

Mrs. Cuddles said...

Thank you so much for sharing this! I've taken notes :) I would love to learn your recipes for the Matzah, cake, and fruit punch.

Shalome!
~Mrs.Cuddles

Michelle said...

If you click on the lapbook photo, you can read the Matzah recipe.

Here is the link to the chocolate cake recipe:
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Chocolate-Decadence-Cake-I/Detail.aspx

The fruit punch is fruit juice (any kind you like) and club soda. We used orange juice and lemonade (lemon juice and a little bit of cane sugar). We also call this homemade soda pop.

Looking back, there was so much more meaning I could have added to my post about our studies of the Spring Feasts, but I decided to keep it simple. My hope is that others will see the importance of seeing Messiah in the Feasts, because He will return to fulfill the fall Feasts someday soon! But, I will share more about those later. :-)

Leslie said...

Great job on this study! I loved all of your pictures and links too. Thanks for sharing!

Blessings,
Leslie

Valerie said...

Everything turned out really beautiful!

Blessings,

Valerie

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