Joshua 4:4-7 “Then Joshua called the twelve men, whom he had prepared of the children of Israel, out of every tribe a man: 5 And Joshua said unto them, Pass over before the ark of the Lord your God into the midst of Jordan, and take you up every man of you a stone upon his shoulder, according unto the number of the tribes of the children of Israel: 6 That this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean ye by these stones? 7 Then ye shall answer them, That the waters of Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; when it passed over Jordan, the waters of Jordan were cut off: and these stones shall be for a memorial unto the children of Israel for ever.”
Luke 19:40 “And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.”
The Washington Monument is fashioned after a similar structure in Athens. Inside is a nine-foot statue of Lincoln. The cornerstone was laid in 1915 and was dedicated on Memorial Day in 1922. It testifies of the Emancipation Proclamation. This is to remember the great things that President Lincoln did when he was alive.
Have you ever had a scent that reminds you of a particular experience?
Everything is connected and memories flood in. There are things you can’t forget, that you should not forget.
It was only three days after the Red Sea Miracle that Moses was a failure and the Israelites were afraid they were going to die, three days.
You’ve got to remember what Jesus has done in your life. Build your own memorials. Remember what God has done.
Memorial means ‘to poke, to prick a memory’ and are used to aid man’s memory. The Israelites celebrate Passover as a memorial to the miraculous deliverance from Egypt. In the Old Testament, it’s referred to as plagues, in the New Testament, it’s referred to as wonders.
Ex 12:13-14 “And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt. 14 And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the Lord throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.”
The manna in the Ark of the Covenant (Ark of the Testimony) never had worms. Other items God said to put in was Aaron’s rod with the life on the end and the Ten Commandments. This is a memorial, to remember what God did.
Do you have memorials in your life? Something to remind you of the things that God has done for you?
Never forget that God has saved your soul!
These memorials are meant to be remembered, their stories told, regular reminders of God’s power and mercy and love. God has power over everything and He will bring you into a promise that He has given you. If you will seek God and follow Him, He will show Himself to you. God is a Healer. God is a Savior. God is a Deliverer. God has pulled you from the deep, miry clay. God is a Provider. Be a memorial.
1 Peter 2:5 “Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.”
God is building a memorial, a House of the Lord, a spiritual house. Peter is talking about a testimony of the greatness of God.
God is a conqueror. He will help you overcome.
We’ve gone through some things, but Jesus has been with you every step of the way.
Exercise: Set up your own 12 stones. Pick out twelve Scripture verses that remind you of things God has done for you in your life, it could be provision, salvation, healing, etc. Write them out and put them up so you can regularly remind yourself.
Acts 2:38 “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”
John 3:5 “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”
John 3:16-17 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
2 Tim 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
More Questions for Personal or Group Study:
- As you reflect on Sunday’s sermon, what one principle or insight stands out as being particularly helpful, insightful, or difficult to grasp? Why?
- If Pastor Anthony had to give an abbreviated version of Sunday’s message, what two points or ideas would you tell him to include no matter what? Why?
- What personal memorials do you already have in place?
- Read Genesis 9:15-16. This is an example of God setting a reminder (memorial) for Himself. Knowing this, how does that impact your ideas of creating your own memorials?
Excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio.
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