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July 21, 2015

The idea of “Remember” is key in many areas of our lives.

To remember means:

  • To not forget.
  • To remind.
  • To reorient oneself to a previously determined course.

It is no wonder God uses this term often. With Israel, He always challenged them to remember the covenant. They were to observe many festivals and feasts, all designed to remind themselves of God’s deliverance, provision, and character.

These were holidays built into the calendar. In South Africa, we do this as well. One of my favorite ones is Freedom Day. This day remembers the struggle against apartheid and Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom.

The Bible is full of things to remember:

  • Remember your Creator. (Ecc. 12)
  • Remember the Sabbath. (Ex. 20)
  • Remember the wife of your youth. (Prov. 5)

Why all this talk of remembering?

Simply put, because we are forgetful.

“My parents went to _______ and all they bought me was this lousy t-shirt!”

How many of us have seen these shirts, or perhaps even have one tucked in a drawer gathering dust? Of all the amazing gifts we could bring back from a foreign country, and all we got was a t-shirt!

Souvenirs represent a gift, but more so, they carry a memory.

What if instead of lousy t-shirts, we had stones of remembrance?

In Joshua 4:1-820-22,  there is a story about the nation of Israel setting up 12 stones as a memorial to commemorate the crossing of the Jordan.

Verse 6 and 21 tell us the purpose  behind the memorial. “When your children ask their fathers in times to come, What do these stones mean? then you shall let your children know, Israel passed over this Jordan on dry ground.”