Just as a reminder (pun intended), last week I gave you the first five of ten biblical memorials. They were given so that we would remember various people/events that the Bible. The first five were Noah’s rainbow, the Passover, the Feast of Tabernacles, the manna in the Ark, and the command to remember the Sabbath day. I can’t go into all of the details here, but I will give a short statement as to the heart of the next five memorials.
6. The Bronze Altar. After 250 people rebelled against Moses, God destroyed them. All that was left was the bronze pots they had in their hands when they died. Those pots were hammered into a bronze altar which served to remind the Hebrew people that only those who meet the qualifications of a priest would be allowed to serve in that capacity.
7. Stones of Remembrance. As the Hebrew people walked across the Jordan River bed, one person from each tribe brought a rock from the temporarily dry river bed. When they got to the other side and the river was closed behind them, they put the rocks in a visible place to remind them how God had brought them into the promised land.
8. Feast of Purim. Even today, Jews dress up in costumes to commemorate how Esther was hiding her true identity as a Jew. It was only when she admitted her true identity that her husband, the Persian king, stopped the plot to kill the Jews.
9. Jesus said we must always tell of the example Mary (sister of Lazarus and Martha) set for us when she bought Jesus a bottle of ointment that was worth approximately $35,000. She anointed him with the ointment to demonstrate her love for Him, knowing that He would soon be sacrificed for our sins.
10. Communion. The fulfillment of the Passover Seder meal. This is what Jesus practiced at the Last Supper. As often as we do this, we celebrate Christ’s body being broken for us and His blood being she for the forgiveness of our sins. We remember His death, burial, and resurrection.