Memorials In the Bible (By: Mike Sherman)

It’s important for our nation and each of us as individual citizens of the United States to observe Memorial Day by remembering and honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice to provide freedom we enjoy each day.

Memorials are important to the Christian faith as well. God uses memorials repeatedly throughout the Bible. Every time we see a rainbow in the sky we are observing a memorial given by God to remind us He will never destroy the world by a great flood again. Gen 9:13-15- I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. (14) Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, (15) I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.

God intended the Passover to be a memorial for His people. Ex. 12:25-27- When you enter the land that the LORD will give you as he promised, observe this ceremony. (26) And when your children ask you, ‘What does this ceremony mean to you?’ (27) Then tell them, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice to the LORD, who passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt and spared our homes when he struck down the Egyptians.'” Then the people bowed down and worshiped.

The Sabbath was instituted by God as a memorial to remember how He created the heavens and the earth. Ex. 20:8-11- “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. (9) Six days you shall labor and do all your work, (10) 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 or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. (11) 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.

Under the New Covenant the Lord’s Supper instituted by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is intended to be a memorial each Lord’s Day reminding us of His great sacrifice on our behalf. Mark 14:22-25 – While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take it; this is my body.” (23) Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and they all drank from it. (24) “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,” he said to them. (25) “Truly I tell you, I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”
When participating in the Lord’s Supper as God intends we look back remembering the sacrifice of Christ and all that it means for us. We look inward considering our walk with Him presently. We also look forward to His coming in the future. 1 Cor. 11:26-29- For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. (27) So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. (28) Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup. (29) For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves.

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