“Is not Ephraim my dear son, the child in whom I delight? Though I often speak against him, I still remember him. Therefore my heart yearns for him; I have great compassion for him.’ declares the Lord.” (Jeremiah 31:20)
God’s salvation is remembrance. Israel is like a beloved child to God. He can never forget them. It is His remembrance of them, and their remembrance of Him, which brings restoration. Memory, both God’s and ours, plays a large role in salvation.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, You remembrance of Ephraim brought back sweet memories of days gone by, and tugged at Your heart as it does to us as well. One of the things that we do before worship services begin, and that is for us to sit quietly contemplating all of our remembrances of You to the forefront of our minds, and sets the tone for our worship to be personal and heartfelt, for all of the sweet memories we have with You; it also is a reminder of the blessings we have received from You, and we lift our eyes and voices to You to celebrate our relationship with You, O Lord Jesus. Let our worship then flow out of grateful hearts. This we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Never, ever forget Jesus Christ—-He paid the price for our sins.”
“Then in the nations where they have been carried captive, those who escape will remember me—-how I have been grieved by their adulterous hearts, which have turned away from me, and by their eyes, which have lusted after their idols. They will loathe themselves for the evil they have done and for all their detestable practices.” (Ezekiel 6:9)
God’s judgment of His people has a purpose. He intends to present to Himself a purified remnant. The remnant, recognizing God’s grace, repent and call upon the Lord. They know God carries out His threats against a rebellious people. God’s character and His saving actions make us hate our sins, which leads us to repent, to confess our sins to Him and find restoration of our relationship with Him. Turning toward Him is always the right thing to do, beloved.
“Though I scatter them among the peoples, yet in distant lands they will remember me. They and their children will survive, and they will return.” (Zechariah 10:9)
Beloved, The prophet declared the end of Israel’s dispersion among the nations. God’s care and presence would reunite and strengthen them. As in the Exodus. God will reveal His salvation in historical events. Even far from home and from the center of religious activities, memories and tradtions taught by family lead us to remember and worship God.
SECOND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me. In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.’ For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he come.” (1st Corinthians 11:23-26)
Paul explained the mystery and content of the Lord’s Supper. He received its interpretation from Jesus Himself. Such a personal revelation is unique to an apostle who did not know Christ prior to His crucifixion. A vision or dream is mot likely the means of such revelation, although Paul may have learned the meaning from other apostles or through the oral teaching of the church. How Paul received revelation is not important. Christ as the source of revelation is. The reference o Jesus’ second coming is a pervasive, underlying assumption of many New Testament passages. Even the backward looking memorialization of the death of Jesus by the Lord’s Supper carries a promise of His future return. Suffice it to say, the Lord’s Supper is one of the most meaningful and heartwarming ways of remembering Christ and our relationship with Him.