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What is to endure
throughout all generations?NOTE. -
Memorial. - "Anything intended to preserve the memory of a
person, an occurrence, or the like; something which serves to keep
something else in remembrance; a monument." Webster.
"Thy name, O LORD, endureth for ever; and thy memorial, O
LORD, throughout all generations." Psalms 135:13.
Does the Bible give
any illustration of this definition?
"Then ye shall answer them, That the waters of Jordan were cut
off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it passed over
Jordan, the waters of Jordan were cut off: and these stones shall be
for a memorial unto the children of Israel for ever." Joshua 4:7.
What were these
stones to commemorate?
"And he spake unto the children of Israel, saying, When your
children shall ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean these
stones? Then ye shall let your children know, saying, Israel came over
this Jordan on dry land." Joshua 4:21,22.
What was another
memorial instituted to commemorate another signal providence in behalf of
"And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye
shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall
keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever." Exodus 12:14. (Exodus
Does God design
that His power in creating the world shall be remembered, as well?
"The works of the LORD
are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein. His work is
honourable and glorious: and his righteousness endureth for ever. He
hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the LORD is gracious
and full of compassion." Psalms 111:2-4.
memorial has He given by which to remember it?
"Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou
labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the
LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy
daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy
stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven
and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day:
wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it."
For what reason
does He say again that He gave the Sabbath to the children of Israel?
"Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign
between me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD that
sanctify them." Ezekiel 20:12.
How long was the
Sabbath to be a sign, or memorial, of the true God?
"It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for
in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he
rested, and was refreshed." Exodus 31:17.
Who are the
children of Israel?
"Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all
children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called. That is, They which are
the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the
children of the promise are counted for the seed." Romans 9:7,8.
What did the
promises to Abraham embrace?
"Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith
not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is
Christ." Galatians 3:16.
When we receive
Christ, what relation do we sustain to Abraham and the promises?
"And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs
according to the promise." Galatians 3:29.
What does James
denominate the Christian church?
"James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the
twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting." James 1:1.
redeemed, will the saints remember God's creative power?
"Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for
thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were
created." Revelation 4:11.
How often will they
congregate to worship the Lord?
"And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another,
and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship
before me, saith the LORD." Isaiah 66:23.
How long will this
state of things exist?
"For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make,
shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your
name remain." Isaiah 66:22.
NOTE. - The
Sabbath, which is the memorial of God's creative power, will never cease
to exist. When this sinful state of things shall give way to a sinless new
earth, the fact upon which the Sabbath institution is based will still
remain, and those who shall be permitted to live in the new earth, will
still commemorate the creative power of God, while singing the song of
Moses and the Lamb. Revelation 15:3. Thus the words of David will be
proven true: "Thy name, O Lord, endureth forever; and thy memorial, O
Lord, throughout all generations." Psalm 135:13.