Moses said to the people, “Remember this day in which you went out from Egypt, from the house of slavery; for by a powerful hand the LORD brought you out from this place. And nothing leavened shall be eaten” (Exodus 13:3).
Last week in our Elder Bible Study we studied Exodus 13. In these words of God to Moses and the people, He details to them how important it is to remember His great works. They are given specific instructions to memorialize his works and told to pass this on through the generations.
I am reminded of how small children can get stuck saying “Why?” over and over. They want to understand, and will just keep on until they are satisfied. God tells the people in verse 14 “And it shall be when your son asks you in time to come, saying, ‘What is this?’ then you shall say to him, ‘With a powerful hand the LORD brought us out of Egypt, from the house of slavery.’”
Our great and awesome God did a stupendous work when He brought these people out of slavery, out of the land of Egypt. From plagues to plundering the Egyptians, it was all incredible. So why would God stress remembering? How could they not remember?
In fact it is very easy to forget. God knows our frailties. Remembering is one of them, so He lays out a ritual to be repeated over and over, to help them remember. We have to actively pursue remembering. Hebrews 2:1 expresses the concept this way: “For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it.” If we don’t work at remembering God’s work, even His blessings in our own lives, we will drift away from it, it won’t be an active part of our lives.
This month, people all over the United States worshipped our God with prayer on the National Day of Prayer. We sought to remember our God who loves us and works for us with His powerful right hand. Let us work at, be diligent to, remember our God, His great works, His power, His love for us.
Here at Oakview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, we had prayers from local church leaders, a stakeholder, and an elder. It was good to raise our prayers in fellowship with each other.
In addition, the next day we celebrated Derby Day with a worm race!