On the evening of the fourteenth day of the month, while camped at Gilgal on the plains of Jericho, the Israelites celebrated the Passover. Joshua 5 v 10
In the last section, on Friday, as we read chapter 4, we thought of ‘sacred memories’. Virtually the whole of this chapter is about those memories again.
First, God reminded them about circumcision. ‘At that time the LORD said to Joshua, “Make flint knives and circumcise the Israelites again.”’ (v 2). This was the very first sign of the covenant that God made with Abraham. We find it in Genesis 17 vv 9-10. ‘Then God said to Abraham, “As for you, you must keep my covenant, you and your descendants after you for the generations to come. This is my covenant with you and your descendants after you, the covenant you are to keep: Every male among you shall be circumcised.”’ As the Israelites wandered in the desert under the leadership of Moses this covenant had been forgotten – the people had lost their connection with the past. Now the covenant connection is restored as they remember what had happened in the time of Abraham.
Then they celebrated the Passover. ‘On the evening of the fourteenth day of the month, while camped at Gilgal on the plains of Jericho, the Israelites celebrated the Passover.’ (v 10) Another memory comes flooding back – the Exodus and how God rescued them from Egypt.
These memories form the backdrop to new progress. God had made a covenant with them, He had rescued them, He had sustained them, and now the Promised Land was in front of them. Everything pointed to God’s faithfulness! Surely He would see them through the next step.
That is the point of our sacred memories – what did you come up with last Friday as a sacred memory? The moment you first trusted Jesus for forgiveness and eternal life; your Baptism; a moment of special healing; that service when God spoke to you and you went forward to commit yourself to following Him again?
For reflection, or action: make a note of that special memory and put the note in your Bible as a future reminder for when the going gets tough.