What was the monument
erected by Joshua declared to be?
Tell them that the
flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of
the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed the
Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These
stones are to be a memorial to the people of
Israel forever. Joshua 4:7.
What were these stones to
He said to the
Israelites, In the future when your
descendants ask their fathers, what do
these stones mean? Tell them, Israel
crossed the Jordan River on dry ground.
Note These stones
were to be a standing memorial, or reminder, of
Israels coming dry-shod over the Jordan.
What was the Passover
This is a day you
are to commemorate; for the generations to
come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the
Lord a lasting ordinance. Exodus
Note This, the
Passover, was a periodical memorial to be
observed on the fourteenth day of the first month
of each year, the day the Israelites were
delivered from Egyptian bondage, and its
celebration was to be, with the seven days
feast of unleavened bread following and connected
to it, in commemoration of that event. (See
Gods Creation and
What has God commanded
men to observe in memory of His work of creation?
Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you
shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh
day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you
shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son
nor daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant,
nor your animals, nor the alien within your
gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens
and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them,
but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the
Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
Of what was the memorial
to be a sign?
Keep my Sabbaths holy,
that they may be a sign between us. Then you will
know that I am the Lord your God. Ezekiel
How long was the Sabbath to be
a sign of the true God?
It will be a sign
between me and the Israelites forever, for in
six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth,
and on the seventh day he abstained from work and
rested. Exodus 31:17.
Note It is manifest
that if the subject of the Sabbath was to
remember God as the Creator, and the day had
always been faithfully kept, there would not be a
heathen or an idolater on the face of the earth.
Memorial of Deliverance and
What besides creation were
the people of Israel to remember when they kept
Remember that you
were slaves in Egypt and that the Lord your God
brought you out of there with a mighty hand and
an outstretched arm. Therefore God has
commanded you to observe the Sabbath day.
Note The recollection
of their bondage and oppressed condition in Egypt
was to be to the Israelites an additional
incentive for keeping the Sabbath in the land of
freedom. The Sabbath therefore, besides being a
memorial of creation, was to be to them a
memorial of their deliverance from bondage, and
of the great power of God as manifested in this
deliverance. And as Egypt stands as a symbol of
the condition of everyone in the world under the
slavery of sin, so the Sabbath is to be kept by
every saved soul as a memorial of the deliverance
from this slavery by the mighty power of God
Of what else does God say
He gave the Sabbath to His people to be a sign,
Also I gave them my
Sabbaths as a sign between us, so they would
know that I the Lord made them holy. Ezekiel
is a work of redemption of making holy
sinful or unholy beings. Like the work of
creation itself, this requires creative power.
(See Psalm 51:10; John 3:3,6; Ephesians 2:10.)
And as the Sabbath is the appropriate sign, or
memorial, of the creative power of God, so it is
also of Gods re-creative power. This will
be one reason for the saints keeping it
throughout eternity. It will remind them not only
of their creation and the creation of the
universe but also of their redemption.
Through whom do we have
It is because of him
that you are in Christ Jesus, who has
become the wisdom from God that is, our
righteousness, holiness and redemption.
1 Corinthians 1:30.
Note Then, as the
Sabbath is a sign, or memorial, that it is
Jehovah who sanctifies us, and as Christ is the
one through whom the work of sanctification is
accomplished, the Sabbath is a sign, or memorial,
that the believer is united with Christ. Through
the Sabbath, therefore, God designed that the
believer and Christ should be very closely linked
Gods Memorial in the
How often will the
redeemed congregate to worship the Lord?
As the new heavens
ands the new earth that I will make endure before
me, declares the Lord, so will your
name and descendants endure. From one New Moon
to another and from one Sabbath to another, all
mankind will come and bow down before me,
says the Lord. Isaiah 66:22,23.
Note The Sabbath,
which is the memorial of Gods creative
power, will never cease to exist. When the sinful
state of things shall give way to the sinless new
earth, the fact upon which the Sabbath
institution is based will still remain; and those
who shall be permitted to live in the new earth
will still commemorate the creative power of God,
while singing the song of Moses and the Lamb.
(Revelation 15:3. See Revelation 22:1,2.)
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