3 ‘Take twelve stones from here out of the midst of the Jordan, from the very place where the priests’ feet stood firmly, and bring them over with you and lay them down in the place where you lodge tonight.’ … 21 And he said to the people of Israel, “When your children ask their fathers in times to come, ‘What do these stones mean?’ 22 then you shall let your children know, ‘Israel passed over this Jordan on dry ground.’ – Joshua 4:3, 21-22
As Israel began the exodus from Egypt, the Lord God parted the waters of the Red Sea that the people could pass through without harm. Now at the end of the wondering in the desert, God once again stops the flow of water to allow his people to enter his promise. This was a significant event in the lives of God’s people nearly 3,600 years ago. The Lord commanded Joshua to set up a memorial of 12 stones to remember and to teach future generations about the glorious works and gracious care of God for his people. Matthew Henry wrote, “we should take all occasions to revive the remembrance of the great things God did.” Although we are not able to see the stone pile that Joshua erected, we do have two incredible memorials that remind us of the great and wondrous work of Christ our Lord: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Through these memorials/ceremonies/celebrations, we remember God’s great acts of salvation (the Gospel) in Christ proclaiming his immeasurable grace to our children and all others what Christ has accomplished for the people of God. What are the significant events in your life of God’s working power? Are you remembering them? Are you using those times and those events to proclaim God’s work in your life? You should.
Prayer: Let this hymn be your prayer today – According to Thy Gracious Word.
According to Thy gracious word,
In meek humility,
This will I do, my dying Lord,
I will remember Thee.
Thy body, broken for my sake,
My bread from heaven shall be;
Thy testamental cup I take,
And thus remember Thee.
Gethsemane can I forget?
Or there Thy conflict see,
Thine agony and bloody sweat,
And not remember Thee?
When to the cross I turn mine eyes
And rest on Calvary,
O Lamb of God, my sacrifice,
I must remember Thee-
Remember Thee and all Thy pains
And all Thy love to me;
Yea, while a breath, a pulse remains,
I will remember Thee.
And when these failing lips grow dumb
And mind and memory flee,
When Thou shalt in Thy kingdom come,
Jesus, remember me.