“Mounts or Monuments?”
In Exodus 15 Moses wrote a song of victory with the opening stanza as “I will sing to the Lord, for He has triumphed gloriously! The horse and its rider He has thrown into the sea!” This song of redemption of how the Lord delivered His people led to two monuments one seen in the land of promise the other hidden under the Jordan.
The one on the land of promise at Gilgal speaks of movement forward into the victorious Christian life. It is for this reason that it is visible and to be both visited and spoken of to the next generations.
The second one lay under the Jordan out of view but never to be forgotten as it spoke of two things that though hidden ought to always remain. The word Jordan is a combined word that means “Jor” or spread and “Dan” or judging, thus it speaks of self judging:
Death to the self centered life and a renewed trust and obedience to the living God.
The 2nd aspect that it speaks to is the full emersion in the Holy Spirit the (River of Life). An empowerment to enter into more of His presence in our lives.
The monument at Gilgal was to be a sign that spoke of God faithfulness, His goodness and greatness to keep that which He has promised His people. I love the picture that each one of those 3 million Israelites crossed over on dry ground. There wasn’t any that drown but all were baptized in the Jordan experience.
Saint’s I think there is a word for you and I in this: We can get all excited when the hunt we’ve planned for a year, the tag we have for that bull elk, the numerous scouting trips that have culminated in us bagging the trophy elk of our dreams. Oh the celebration. We have him already mounted and hung on the wall to display to all who will come over. Ah but what about our advancement and victory into the presence and promises of our Lord? Do we equally dedicate ourselves to obtaining more of Him in our lives? Are we equally excited about the possibility of sharing the stories of victory of the conquest of the furtherance of His grace in our lives? Don’t get me wrong I don’t want to put a damper on your hunting exhibition, no I just want you and me to get as excited about the things of Christ as we do the other things we enjoy!
This memorial was of God’s faithfulness not man’s greatness, it was to commemorate the fact that God is a promise keeper even when we are promise breakers. What a great thing for us to do in our lives don’t you think? To build a memorial of the multiple times where God’s faithfulness has been displayed so that we can tell our sons and daughters how great God is. Hey, may I suggest to you that our children may not be the only beneficiary of such a memorial? You see I’m afraid that far too often I forget what God has done for me in the past and so I’m prone to doubting Him in the present. Friends, what a privilege it is for us to share personally and make God famous by the countless times He has kept His promises in our lives. Hey saint’s, what do our children and grandchildren know of our God based upon what we say?
This has been Pastor Dale, Blessings!