Sometimes you have to make the best out of a bad situation. You weren’t going to get a blog post today because my family and I are on the road to Florida to visit Crystal’s mom and step-father. However, as we got off the interstate in Knoxville to get gas our serpentine system in our van completely locked up. So now after getting my van towed, I am sitting in McDonalds doing my blog post and waiting on a mechanic to call me. So by our misfortune you get your daily Bible reading! God provides.
We learn a good lesson in our reading today. We have to be careful that the symbols we erect are in the proper context. The Israelites living on the east side of the Jordan who got their inheritance before entering into the Promised Land return home after all the battles and erect a memorial. However, the priest and the Israelites leaders see this and fear it will become an altar to God. A quick side note … it is a wise choice not to jump to conclusions. I think we need to be careful to not always seek the worst out of people. Back to our story … the Israelites affirm them that this is not an altar but simply a memorial.
Memorials are important. They remind us about things from our past. Our nation is full of them. Just spend an hour in Washington D.C. you will find a plethora of them. Joshua even lead the Israelites in the creation of one after they crossed the Jordan on dry ground. We will see one erected during Samuel’s era called an Ebenezer stone reminding the Israelites of how far God had brought them.
Do you have events in your life where you could use a memorial to remind you of what God did for you? Let me caution you though, make sure that the memorial does not become on object of worship. A memorial is a simple reminder. Take things such as the cross … to some it is an object of worship, but this should never be. It is a simple reminder of what God did for us through Jesus on the cross.
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