Seize the Moment – Day 667

A Memorial Stone!

Joshua 4


Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Thursday, January 13.


What are the ways you memorialize God’s saving work in your life?


Joshua 4:20-24 concludes the two-chapter focus on Israel’s miraculous crossing of the Jordan River with Joshua’s command to commemorate God’s mighty hand to bring His people into the Promised Land:


Those twelve stones which they had taken from the Jordan, Joshua set up at Gilgal. He said to the sons of Israel, “When your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, ‘What are these stones?’ then you shall inform your children, saying, ‘Israel crossed this Jordan on dry ground.’ For the Lord your God dried up the waters of the Jordan before you until you had crossed, just as the Lord your God had done to the Red Sea, which He dried up before us until we had crossed; that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the Lord is mighty, so that you may fear the Lord your God forever.”


Joshua did not want the people to forget, so a man from each tribe was required to take a stone from the center of the Jordan River and carry it to Gilgal. The establishment of this memorial was costly, and it was strategically located in the foothold of the Promised Land. The message was clear: God did this!


The night before His crucifixion, Jesus established the commemoration of His own sacrificial death with the institution of the Lord’s Supper in Luke 22:19:
“And when He had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me’” (cf. 1 Corinthians 11:23-26).


Seize the moment and routinely remember God’s mighty hand to bring you into His promises through the Cross of Jesus Christ. This is the victory of God for you and me!


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