We Will Remember

May 26, 2024   /   South Charleston First Church of the Nazarene

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“Then the Lord said to Moses, “Give the following instructions to the people of Israel:  Throughout the generations to come you must make tassels for the hems of your clothing and attach them with a blue cord. When you see the tassels, you will  and obey all the commands of the Lordinstead of following your own desires and defiling yourselves, as you are prone to do. The tassels will help you remember that you must obey all my commands and be holy to your God.  I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt that I might be your God.  I am the Lord your God!”  (Numbers 15:37-41)

“Joshua said to the Israelites, “Come here and listen to the words of the Lord your God.  This is how you will know that the living God is among you and that he will certainly drive out before you the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites and Jebusites.  See, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth will go into the Jordan ahead of you.  Now then, choose twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one from each tribe.  And as soon as the priests who carry the ark of the Lord—the Lord of all the earth—set foot in the Jordan, its waters flowing downstream will be cut off and stand up in a heap.”

So when the people broke camp to cross the Jordan, the priests carrying the ark of the covenant went ahead of them.  Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest. Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water’s edge, the water from upstream stopped flowing. It piled up in a heap a great distance away, at a town called Adam in the vicinity of Zarethan, while the water flowing down to the Sea of the Arabah (that is, the Dead Sea) was completely cut off. So the people crossed over opposite Jericho.  The priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord stopped in the middle of the Jordan and stood on dry ground, while all Israel passed by until the whole nation had completed the crossing on dry ground.

When the whole nation had finished crossing the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua, “Choose twelve men from among the people, one from each tribe, and tell them to take up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, from right where the priests are standing, and carry them over with you and put them down at the place where you stay tonight.”

So Joshua called together the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe, and said to them, “Go over before the ark of the Lord your God into the middle of the Jordan.  Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, to serve as a sign among you.  In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord.  When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off.  These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.” (Joshua 3:9 – 4:7)

Remember the wonderful works that he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he uttered.”  (Psalm 105:5)

Remember Lot’s wife!  Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it and whoever loses his life will preserve it.”  (Luke 17:32-33)

Those who forget the past fall into .

Forget-fullness leads to.

I’m not suggesting some kind of unhealthy on the past. 

Illustration:  The Good ‘Ol days.

memory does not drag us into the past and lock us there. 

They were to remember the wonders of the so that their lives would be open to the even greater wonders God would do for them in the.

The stones were there… not for remembrance sake ...but for a resurgent!

“They are there to this day.”  (Joshua 4:9) 

Illustration:  A stone near Geneva, Switzerland

Where’s our memorial? 

The Lord’s Supper is a hopeful memorial.

It recalls the  – of the Son of God, Jesus himself, crucified.

It speaks to our  – We are invited to His table.

Forgiveness: “If we confess our sins he is faithful and just, and will forgive us of our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  (1 John 1:9)

Strength: “My grace is sufficient for you.  For my power is made perfect in weakness.”  (2 Corinthians 12:9)

Hope: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”  (Romans 15:13)

It insures our .

“As often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”  (1 Corinthians 11:26) 

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