The Question: How well do you remember the benefits you enjoy from the service and sacrifice of others?
How is your memory?
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
What causes many of us to not remember?
Transition to our Text: Poor memory is not a new problem.
Examples: 10 lepers, the 10th plague
Context: A three-minute history lesson
TEXT: Joshua 4:1-7, then 19-24 (please read 8-18 on your own!)
1. WHO should remember? (vs. 6-7a)
2. HOW LONG should we remember? (vs. 7:b)
3. WHY should we remember? [vs. 24]
4. The KEY THING we must remember (vs. 19)
(See Exodus 12:1-14; Mark 14:1 & 12)
My SO WHAT?
1) Tim asked the Calvary family to give themselves a Memory Score, with 1 being “What has anyone ever done for me?” and 10 being “I daily am amazed how blessed my life is because of the service and sacrifice of others!” How did you rate yourself, and why?
2) Share an example of someone in your life who lived out a high score in noting and showing gratitude for the service and sacrifice of others. How did that impact you and those around that person?
3) Is it true most of us have memories like elephants about unpleasant things people have done to our country or to our families or to us? Is it true when it comes to those who harm us, we want justice, but when we have harmed others, we want mercy?
4) So IS it important to remember/acknowledge the service and sacrifices of others? If so, WHY is that important? What does it accomplish?
5) What causes us to forget, or only marginally act toward the significant reminder holidays like Mother’s Day or Memorial Day? What is causing it in our personal lives and broader culture?
6) Tim suggested forgetting the service and sacrifices of others in our past is not a new disease, but age-old. He shared Jesus’ incident of healing 10 lepers, with only one coming back to show gratitude. Explain why you think in 2019 those whose lives have been changed by Jesus have gotten better or worse (or stayed the same)?
7) Tim opened with a music box, and a pregnancy test stick, and a trip to Gettysburg. He also mentioned his friend Joel with “tetelestai” tattooed on his arm. What have you found to be helpful in helping you (and your loved ones) do better at being reminded to be grateful for the service and sacrifices of others?
8) Passover in Exodus 12 was a stunning act of God delivering the Israelites from the death plague before delivering them from slavery in Egypt. They were to re-enact this event yearly “forever” so as not to forget this act of deliverance by God. Were you shocked at how poorly this “memorial day” for Israel was remembered? How could this happen?
9) What details from Joshua 4 about taking the 12 stones from the riverbed of the Jordan and setting them up as a memorial on the west bank poignantly struck you, and why? What does that tell you about God or about us as God’s kids?
10) Joshua 4 tells us why God told them to set up these stones as a memorial – “that all the people of the world might know that God is mighty, and that God’s people might fear (hold in awe) the Lord our God forever.” What has God done in your life that you could share with your lost neighbor to demonstrate there is a God who cares and acts? In the same way, what could you share with your kids or grandkids so that they would hold God in greater ‘awe?’
11) Tim concluded by focusing in on the DATE of the crossing – Passover week. He took us to Mark to show that Jesus was crucified on Passover week. He suggested Passover in Egypt and passing over Jordan into God’s promised land was a set up for the most important thing we MUST remember -- our sin being passed over to Jesus as our sin bearer. What do you think?
12) What do you do to remember the sacrifice of Jesus for you? (Tim shared his friend, Joel’s, “tetelastai” tattoo).