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From: Forthright Magazine <forthrightmag@...>
Date: Sun, 11 Apr 2010 04:23:37 -0700 (PDT)
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Straight to the Cross

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COLUMN: COMMUNION MEDITATION

Remember
 by Jeff A. Jenkins

Just before his death, Joshua delivered a message from
God to the people of God. They had been in the Promised
Land for a period of time and some of them were
struggling with their faith.

Sadly, a segment of God’s people were flirting with the
worship of idols.

The gist of God's message was to remind the people what
he had done for them. How he had taken care of them,
and how he had protected them.

He reminded them of how he had provided for them
spiritually, as well as physically, from the days of
Abraham until this present time.

Notice a few of these reminders.

"Then I sent Moses and Aaron, and I plagued Egypt by
what I did in its midst; and afterward I brought you
out" (Joshua 24:5).

   "But when they cried out to the LORD, He put
   darkness between you and the Egyptians, and
   brought the sea upon them and covered them;
   and your own eyes saw what I did in Egypt.
   And you lived in the wilderness for a long
   time. Then I brought you into the land of
   the Amorites who lived beyond the Jordan,
   and they fought with you; and I gave them
   into your hand, and you took possession of
   their land when I destroyed them before you"
   (Joshua 24:7-8).

"'I gave you a land on which you had not labored, and
cities which you had not built, and you have lived in
them; you are eating of vineyards and olive groves
which you did not plant" (Joshua 24:13).

Following these reminders Joshua challenged the God who
had done so much for them, rather than choosing to
worship idols (Joshua 24:15).

The people responded in the very best way possible with
these words, "Far be it from us that we should forsake
the Lord to serve other gods." (Joshua 24:16)

Each time we gather around the Table of the Lord as
God’s people, we are reminded how God has cared for us
just as he did his people during the days of Joshua.

The communion reminds us how God has redeemed us with
the blood of Jesus (1 Peter 1:18-19), how he has
provided for us physically (James 1:17) and how he has
blessed us with an abundance of spiritual blessings
(Ephesians 1:3).

This week as we commune together, may we remember all
that he has done for us.

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