Please forgive me, but I am a Star Trek fan. If you are not, bare with me.
I’m reminded of the Star Trek movie, “The Wrath Of Khan.” Khan was an old enemy of Captain Kirk’s, before he became Admiral Kirk. In the movie, after Khan was defeated, Admiral Kirk, and his Enterprise crew, still had another problem. The Enterprise needed to get their warp engines back on line, before the Genesis bomb exploded, but any one who would enter the dilithium chamber would be killed by radiation poisoning. With time running out, Captain Spock literally fixed the problem with his own hands. This of course meant certain death for him.
But before he entered the radioactive chamber, he did a quick Vulcan mindmeld on Dr. McCoy and uttered the word, “Remember!” In so doing, Spock placed his own consciousness in the soul of Dr. McCoy, where it could later be retrieved under favorable circumstances.
Today, somebody needs to do a Vulcan mindmeld on you, and place their consciousness in you so that you can remember what God has done for you in this place, through your pastor.
So, my message to you today is simply, “Remember!” To elaborate this message, allow me to go into the Word of God for a few moments and find a situation to help us understand this message.
About thirty-five-hundred years ago, God delivered Israel from the tyranny of Egypt with a mighty and outstretched hand. And, like Captain Spock, He spoke the word, “Remember,” to the nation of Israel, His beloved people and wife!!! In so doing, He placed His own consciousness in the soul of Israel. We see this in the book of the Exodus. Would you please notice with me Exodus 13:3-10?
As you celebrates God’s faithfulness and blessings, God is saying the same thing to you, “Remember!” The major command is to remember, but there are two others that are closely connected to it. Let’s explore the three major commands that God made to Israel and apply them to ourselves.
(The first command is:)
I. Remember (vs. 3).
Moses commanded the Children of Israel to remember the day in which they went out from Egypt, from the house slavery. They were to remember the day, because it was accomplished by the powerful hand of Jehovah.
A primary application of this day of remembrance certainly has our salvation in view. We should remember the day, when by the powerful hand of Jehovah and through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, the true Passover Lamb, we were delivered from the Egypt of Sin and from the house of Satanic bondage.
Another application of this principle of the the day of remembrance is to the Church of Jesus Christ. The Israelites certainly experienced individual deliverance from Egypt, but there was also the corporate deliverance of Israel as a people and nation. This certainly envisions the Church of Jesus Christ, because on Calvary, Jesus wrought the salvation and deliverance of His body, i.e. the Church of Jesus Christ. He paid the price for the deliverance of His Church. This was a new entity, composed of Jews and Gentiles, i.e. literally all the nations of the world, into one new body of believers. The Church was certainly born and entered into a new dispensation on the Great Day of Pentecost. We should remember the birthday of the Church, i.e. the Great Day of Pentecost!!!
I would like to suggest a third application. That application is to you as a local assembly of believers. Remember your beginnings that flow from the miraculous workings of God. Remember where God has brought you from!!!
Let me also point out that the word “remember,” is covenant language. God not only wanted them to remember where He had brought them from, He wanted them to remember His covenant with them!!!
(We come now to the second command in this passage of Scripture. The command is:)
II. Rejoice (vs. 5).
I have chosen the word “rejoice” to represent the second major command in this passage of Scripture, because of its alliterative value, but the word is verse 5 is “observe.” Let’s look at verse five again.
Exodus 13:5 (NASB-U), “It shall be when the Lord brings you to the land of the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Amorite, the Hivite and the Jebusite, which He swore to your fathers to give you, a land flowing with milk and honey, that you shall observe this rite in this month” (bold type added).
The phrase “observe this rite” is literally “serve this service.” The two words “observe” and “rite” are from the same root, which is reflected in the literal translation. The first word has the connotation of observe, worship, celebrate, or rejoice. The second word has the connotation of service, work, or labor. So, this phrase could also be translated, “Rejoice in this service, rite, ritual, or ceremonial act.”
Apparently Moses was establishing a ritual, which would be celebrated again, only when they entered the Promised Land.
While we might tend to think of serving, service, a ritual, or a ceremonial act as drudgery, yet “when the service is offered to God, it is not bondage, but rather a joyous and liberating experience (Theological Word Book Of The Old Testament). This is actually very closely related to and embodies “worship.”
So, this gathering should be a service, observance, or worship celebration that brings about rejoicing when you look back to your salvation, the birthday of the Universal Church, and the birthday of this local church, and the ministry of your pastor. And you should observe this worship celebration with great rejoicing.
You ought to rejoice in the same way that Israel rejoiced, when God completed their salvation, by delivering them through the Red Sea. The Bible says in
Exodus 15:1 (NASB-U), “Then Moses and the sons of Israel sang this song to the Lord, and said, ‘I will sing to the Lord, for He is highly exalted; the horse and its rider He has hurled into the sea.”
You ought to sing today with all of our might, as a way of rejoicing in what God has done!
You ought to sing “How I Got Over.”
You ought to sing “Your grace and mercy.”
Your grace and mercy has brought me through
I’m living this moment, because of you
I want to thank you, and praise you too
Your grace and mercy has brought me through
You ought to sing, “My Tribute.”
How can I say thanks for the things You have done for me-
Things so undeserved, yet You give to prove Your love for Me?
The voices of a million angels could not express my gratitude-
All that I am and ever hope to be, I owe it all to Thee.
To God be the glory, to God be the glory,
To God be the glory for the things He has done!
With His blood He has saved Me, With His pow’r He has raised me-
To God be the glory for the things He has done!
Just let me live my life- Let it be pleasing, Lord, to Thee;
And should I gain any praise, Let it go to Calvary.
With His blood He has saved me, With His pow’r He has raised me-
To God be the glory of the things He has done!
We should sing these songs with all of our hearts!!!
The Bible also says in
Exodus 15:20 (NASB-U), “Miriam the prophetess, Aaron’s sister, took the timbrel in her hand, and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dancing.”
Somebody ought to rejoice with dancing today, because of what God initiated and continues to do for you!!!
You ought to remember, with praise and joy:
· How He brought you out of the bondage of the enemy;
· What He delivered you from;
· How He made a way out of no way;
· How God brought you together;
· How far He has brought you from.
So, as the Jews were to observe this ritual of rejoicing, when they entered the Promised Land, you should be observing a ritual of celebration, with praise and joy, right now.
Celebration adds vibrancy to life!
Celebration adds meaning to life!!
Celebration adds dignity to life!!!
(There is one more major command that I want to point out for us.)
III. Rehearse (vs. 8).
Once again I am using this word because of its alliterative value, but the word in the text is “tell.” We see this in
Exodus 13:8, “You shall tell your son on that day, saying, ‘It is because of what the Lord did for me when I came out of Egypt’” (bold type added).
The word literally means to keep something conspicuous before someone, hence: to tell, declare, or announce. The fact that this was going to be done ritualistically, on an ongoing basis, brings the word “rehearse” to mind. Once they entered the Promised Land, they were to remember the day of their deliverance, rejoice in a special celebration service, and rehearse for their children the reason for the celebration: because of what the Lord did, when He brought them out of Egypt.
Today, you should rehearse the history and story of what God did for you when He saved you.
Today, you should rehearse the history and story of what God did for you when this church was founded.
Today, you should rehearse the history and story of what God has done through your pastor.
Today, you should remember, rejoice, and rehearse!!!
The Backward Look
A shepherd who had been given a position of great honor by one of Scotland’s kings would often go alone to a certain room in the palace. The king became suspicious and thought he was plotting a conspiracy. So he asked to look inside this secret room. To his surprise, all that was there was a chair, a shepherd’s crook, and an old plaid scarf. “What does this mean?” asked the king. The nobleman answered, “I was a humble shepherd when your Majesty promoted me. I come to this room to look at the crook and the plaid. They remind me of what I used to be—and that I am nothing but what the grace of the king has made me.”
Today, it is by God’s grace that we remember, rejoice, rehearse, and rest in His presence!!! Remember!!!