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Deuteronomy 6:12 (ESV) " Then take care lest you forget the Lord, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery."
God created us and He hard-wired us to REMEMBER & to TELL STORIES. We love stories. Every day of life on this planet, people have sat or stood and share stories about what happened earlier this morning, yesterday, last week or twenty-five years ago. I love CLASSIC CHRISTIAN METAL! I love to commemorate anniversaries, like the thirtieth anniversary of TO HELL WITH THE DEVIL---I was totally blessed to see Stryper on that tour, in Indianapolis in 2016--super-cool!
The struggle we have is we tend to remember junk we ought to (and in most cases want to) forget, and we forget the good stuff--truth about God, His goodness, power, holiness, and grace! That's why it's a good idea to MARK MOMENTS when God does good work in our lives.
God instructed Moses to do this... A LOT!
When the final plague hit Egypt (Ex. 12) "The Death Angel/Death of the firstborn". God gave Israel these instructions:
"Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb[a] for his family... Take care of them until the fourteenth day of the month, when all the members of the community of Israel must slaughter them at twilight. 7 Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs. 8 That same night they are to eat the meat roasted over the fire, along with bitter herbs, and bread made without yeast.. This is how you are to eat it: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste; it is the Lord’s Passover." (Ex. 12)
In Joshua 4-5 We read about Israel crossing the Jordan, marking the beginning of the conquest of The Promised Land. When they crossed, God miraculously stopped the flow of the river, so that the people crossed on dry ground. Once they we all across, God, via Moses, commanded the people to appoint ONE MAN from each of the twelve tribes of Israel, to step back into the dry river bed and get one stone. They piled the stones up as a "MARKER," a monument to commemorate the moment God brought them into The Promised Land on dray ground---a MOMENT WORTH REMEMBERING!
On and on God gave Israel a calendar filled with days and feasts, INTENTIONAL MOMENTS to pause and REMEMBER God and His work in their lives!
I just want to encourage you to embrace this practice of marking moments. When you, one of your children, or a friend is baptized into Christ---MARK IT, celebrate it in a way that creates a memory! Cherish communion----praise Jesus as you "Do this in REMEMBRANCE of Him" ... as you remember The Cross and Jesus' willingness to allow His body to be broken and his blood spilled (the bread and juice) for our sin! When God teaches you something new in His Word--call a mentor, or a close Christian friend and share it! When God blesses your life, or family---pause and praise His name! Sit often with friends and family and take trips down memory lane---share stories and praise God together as you REMEMBER "God-moments" in your lifetimes when He used people, moments, circumstances, "coincidences" to teach you, bless you, grow you up, provide for you, etc. He is so good and so worthy of our REMEMBERING His and praising Him!
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