“And it was, when all the nation had completely crossed over the Jordan, YAHWEH spoke to Joshua, saying, Take twelve men for you out of the people, one man of each tribe. And charge them, saying, Take twelve stones from this place, from the middle of the Jordan, from the place where the feet of the priests were fixed. And you shall carry them over with you and lay them down in the lodging place which you stay in it tonight.
And Joshua called to the twelve men whom he had readied from the sons of Israel, one man out of each tribe. And Joshua said to them, Cross over before the ark of YAHWEH your Elohim to the middle of the Jordan, and each man of you lift up one stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Israel, that this shall be a sign among you, when your children ask hereafter, saying, What are these stones to you? You shall say to them, Because the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of YAHWEH, as it crossed over into the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. And these stones are for A MEMORIAL to the sons of Israel all the days.” (Joshua 4:1-7 HRB, emphasis mine)
This weekend, here in America, we celebrate “Memorial Day”, a day originally chosen and set aside to honor those fallen in the American Civil War. It has since become a day we honor those who have been lost in ALL the military engagements our country has participated in, and rightly so. The freedoms that we enjoy as citizens of the United States of America have come with a cost, and it has not been cheap.
However, the concept of setting up ‘memorials’ is not a new one, for all through the Word of YHWH, we find our Heavenly Father admonishing us to ‘remember’ (Exodus 13:3;
Numbers 15:39,40; Deuteronomy 5:15; Psalm 22:27; Romans 11:18).
And the reason for this? We do not
ever need to go back to ‘onions and
leeks’ (Numbers 11:5), and we DO need to remember the price that was paid
for OUR freedom: the blood of our Savior King, Messiah Yeshua.
As we spend time this Memorial Day weekend with friends and family, let us stop and remember, and set up a ‘memorial’ in OUR hearts to our God and Father. Let us make a point of thanking Him for all that He has done, and continues to do, in our lives. Can we ever thank HIM enough?
“I REMEMBER the deeds of Yah, For I remember Your wonders of old. And I shall meditate on all Your work, And talk of Your deeds.” (Psalm 77:11-12 ISR, emphasis mine)
"REMEMBER the former events of old, for I am Ěl, and there is no one else – Elohim, and there is no one like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from of old that which has not yet been done, saying, ‘My counsel does stand, and all My delight I do,’” (Isaiah 46:9-10 ISR, emphasis mine)
©2016 Merete Marx