Gen 28:12-22 “And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it. And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of. And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not. And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven. And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it. And he called the name of that place Bethel: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first. And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, So that I come again to my father’s house in peace; then shall the LORD be my God: And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.”
God made promises to Jacob in this awesome encounter and Jacob made promises back to God. He didn’t say, ‘so long as You make me rich,’ or ‘so long as You make me powerful.’ No, Jacob just wanted to be fed and clothed and he would give a tenth of all he had to God.
Jacob took that stone and set it up and poured oil on it. He said, ‘This is Bethel, the house of God.’ This is the place that is known still to this day. Because of that encounter people still today call it the House of God.
Later on in Scripture, the Lord spoke to Joshua to tell all the people that as they crossed over the Jordan River on dry land they were to pick up stones to make a memorial to remember the miracle God caused for their sakes. The waters split. It was something to remember.
We need to understand the Lord wants us to make memorials. A memorial is something that we remember that God has done for us. We say this is so wonderful and so great that I want to keep it fresh in my memory. We want to remember it. We need to have something that we look at, think about, or touch. When we make a memorial, there is also something on our part that we do. We make a promise to tell the story of the memorial. We do something in return to remind us of the memorial. It is a way that we remember and experience that awesome thing. In that we make a vow to remember it and do something about it. It’s not good enough to just remember. We have to do something.
David was fleeing from Saul who was out to get him. David had already been anointed king, but knew it was not God’s timing yet. He went into the tabernacle and got some showbread. He also got Goliath’s sword. It was a memorial unto him of what God did for him. Even though he was running away from Saul, he had a memorial to remember how God had brought him through. He said to the priests, ‘I’ll take it because there’s nothing like it.’
We need to have memorials. We need to have more than one. We need to remember what the Lord has done for us.
There are memorials where God does everything and there are those where we participate in the miracle. David’s facing of the giant was where David participated in the miracle.
We have giants to fight today. There are a few running around in our minds and hearts. There are a few giants that we fear. Look in that mirror and say, ‘Lord I will be an active participant in killing this giant!’ Thank you, Jesus! Thank you, Jesus that you delivered me from the fear of submission to those in authority over us. Slay that giant! Thank you, God for taking that rebellion out of my heart and life!
There is a memorial that you are an active participant in that you take no glory in. David took no glory in the slaying of the giant. It was all given to the Lord. It was God that took out Goliath.
There are memorials that we make unto the Lord. We go out of our way to remember. There are those who have journals and scrapbooks of everything the Lord has ever done for them.
There is another memorial of a little woman who poured out an entire year’s salary upon the Lord’s feet. This was a memorial unto her. God makes memorials unto us as well. When you say to God, ‘I will go above and beyond, I give extravagantly to you, Lord,’ God will make a memorial to you.
When we get to heaven, God will open the book and read it. ‘Rejoice that your name is written in heaven,’ Luke 10:20. This is a memorial over you. Keep those vows that you make. Make a memorial to Him. Go the extra mile and do something extravagant and awesome that He will notice.
We at this church are celebrating our Four Year Anniversary. How will the next four years be better than the last? If we decide to make them better, we will have our own memorials. Let Him remember us. Don’t try to look for the minimum. Instead look for the maximum that we can do. ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, all your mind.’ ALL.
Make a memorial.
From a sermon preached by: Pastor Skip Christo.
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