“Commemorate this day, the day you came out of Egypt,
out of the land of slavery,
because the Lord brought you out of it with a mighty hand.” (Ex 13:3)
It’s common to commemorate key people and events in history; in Washington, DC:
the Washington Monument the Thomas Jefferson Memorial
the Lincoln Memorial the Frederick Douglass Memorial
the Civil War Unknowns Memorial the Titanic Memorial
the World War II Memorial the Vietnam War Memorial
the Martin Luther King Memorial the Space Shuttle Challenger Memorial
in NYC, the 9/11 Memorial and the list goes on . . .
More importantly, God instituted commemorations:
a rainbow, promising never again a global flood (Gen 9:8-17)
two quarts of manna for future generations (Ex 16:33-34)
lamps burning for generations to come (Ex 27:21)
the stone tablets with the 10 commandments placed in the ark (Deut 10:5)
twelve large stones from the Jordan River erected on shore (Josh 4:1-9)
the Passover Celebration (Ex 12:1-28; 13:3-16)
the Lord’s Supper (Matt 26:26-28; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:17-20)
Architects, composers, artists, sculptors continue to recreate biblical themes:
Painted ceilings, stained glass windows, sculptures, portraits, music
Michelangelo’s “Moses” statue, Rio de Janeiro’s “Christ the Redeemer”
Martin Luther’s “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” Handel’s “Messiah”
“This observance will be for you like a sign on your hand
and a reminder on your forehead
that this law of the Lord is to be on your lips.
For the Lord brought you out of Egypt with his mighty hand.”
Life Application Questions
- Are we prepared for the present and ready for the future if we fail to remember what God has done for us in the past?
- If we don’t remember, revisit, commemorate, do we truly believe?
- What are ways that we can celebrate God’s gracious acts on our behalf? Maybe a special meal, a song, a story. Maybe a piece of art in our homes or in our church. Certainly participating in worship, especially breaking bread in honor of the Lord’s broken body and drinking his cup of suffering.