A Picture Perfect Recipe

Scripture: Exodus 11-12

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn the importance of following God’s specific instructions.
  • Students will learn how to follow a basic recipe.

Guiding Questions:

  • How do you follow a recipe?
  • Why is it important to follow directions for a recipe exactly?
  • Why did God give the Israelites specific directions at Passover?

Materials: basic recipe with visuals for unleavened bread, necessary ingredients and tools (most likely oil, flour, salt) chocolate cookies (or other goody) made without the sugar or other key ingredient that would significantly alter the taste, cookies (or other goody) made with the sugar/key ingredient as the original recipe instructs.

Procedure: Review the story of the first Passover focusing on God’s instructions for preparing the unleavened bread. Explain that it was important for it to be unleavened so they could flee quickly and pack light. At the beginning of the lesson let students sample a cookie from an original recipe and an altered recipe. After students react to the taste differences, explain that one of the cookies did not follow the recipe. It is important to follow God’s instructions just like a recipe. Show students a recipe for unleavened bread that is simplified and uses visuals. For example use a picture of 3 cups along with the words when the ingredients are listed. Keep verbs in the steps section simple and pair it with a picture. For example: a person stirring for “stir.”

List ingredients before steps and discuss why each section is important.

Relate following a recipe to following God’s instructions for our lives. We should follow all God’s plans just as the Israelites had to use the blood of the lamb, pack a certain way, and make unleavened bread. If we do not follow His plan, then our lives become bitter like the bitter cookies that were tasted.

Additional Questions:

  • What are some of your favorite recipes? What ingredients do you think are in them?
  • How does God take care of us when we follow Him?

Supplemental Activity: Have students articulate the ingredients and steps for making their own recipes while an older peer or adult records it in their words. (Do not expect these to be accurate, but expect them to use ingredient lists and steps.)

Written by: Savannah Negas