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  • Chad Werkhoven

Joshua 4:1-7, 18-24 - In Remembrance of Me

God knows you remember what you see, so He sets out visible reminders for His people.


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Read Joshua 4:1-7, 18-24

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Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 79

Q. Why then does Christ call

the bread his body

and the cup his blood,

or the new covenant in his blood?

(Paul uses the words,

a participation in Christ’s

body and blood.)


A. Christ has good reason for these words.

He wants to teach us that

as bread and wine nourish

our temporal life,

so too his crucified body

and poured-out blood

truly nourish our souls for eternal life.


But more important, he wants to assure us,

by this visible sign and pledge,

that we, through the Holy Spirit’s work,

share in his true body and blood

as surely as our mouths receive

these holy signs in his remembrance,

and that all of his suffering and obedience

are as definitely ours

as if we personally had suffered

and paid for our sins.

 

Summary

God's people crossing the Jordan river is one of the most important stories in the Bible, representing the culmination of God saving His covenant people and returning them back to the promised land. The previous generation of Israelites had seen God part the Red Sea so they could escape Egypt on dry land, and now their sons and daughters crossed the Jordan River at flood stage on dry ground.


As amazing as those miracles were, God knows how fickle people's memories are. Within days of crossing the Red Sea, Israel was once again doubting God's power to save them, having forgotten what they had seen with their own eyes.


So God orders Joshua to pick up some souvenirs on the way. Twelve men, one representing each tribe, were to carry a large stone from the middle of the Jordan and then set them up where the Israelites spent their first night back at home. God wanted them to have a physical reminder of what He'd done for them.


God not only commanded them to set a monument to remember, but He commands them what and why to remember. This isn't just for you, He instructed them, but it's a tool by which you must instruct your children by reminding them of how God saves His people.


After all, there's always one consistent reason that God does what He does and provides what He provides:


So that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the Lord is powerful and so that you might always fear the Lord your God (v24).


Dig Deeper


Just about every communion table in every Protestant sanctuary has the same words of Jesus carved into it: This Do In Remembrance of Me.


God knows that you need a physical reminder of what He's done for your salvation. He's invited you to His Table for an ongoing, tangible reminder that Christ did something much more powerful than splitting the sea or heaping up a flooding river: that His body was broken, and His blood poured out so that you could have complete remission of all of your sins.


Make sure that you heed the next invitation so that you can be reminded and the next generation can know the hand of the Lord is powerful and always fear the Lord our God.

 
  • ACKNOWLEDGE WHO GOD IS: Our Father, who saves His covenant people and meets them in their weakness;

  • ALIGN YOUR LIFE WITH GOD'S WILL: Thank God for the reminder of His grace communion represents and that you'll eagerly anticipate the next meal;

  • ASK GOD FOR WHAT YOU NEED:

 

Read the New Testament in a year, a chapter a day - Luke 17

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