“Remember this day in which you came out from Egypt, out of the house of slavery, for by a strong hand the Lord brought you out from this place. No leavened bread shall be eaten. Today, in the month of Abib, you are going out. And when the Lord brings you into the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, which he swore to your fathers to give you, a land flowing with milk and honey, you shall keep this service in this month. Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, and on the seventh day there shall be a feast to the Lord. You shall tell your son on that day, ‘It is because of what the Lord did for me when I came out of Egypt.’ And it shall be to you as a sign on your hand and as a memorial between your eyes, that the law of the Lord may be in your mouth. For with a strong hand the Lord has brought you out of Egypt. You shall therefore keep this statute at its appointed time from year to year.” Exodus 12:3-6,8-10
Remembrances are sprinkled throughout the Scriptures. It is important to God that we recall and commemorate important events, because He is the Author of them all. He has implanted in us the ability to bring experiences and lessons to mind, to apply understanding and feel with emotion, to develop perspective and be thankful, so that, at these times again and again, we honor Him and His good gifts to us.
For Israel, they were never to forget the oppression in Egypt and their glorious deliverance from slavery there. For us who were also slaves, we must never forget our deliverance afforded by the death and resurrection of Jesus. Every time we feel temptation’s pang of a former destructive habit or an alien affection, we can rejoice in Jesus’s finished work and the victory of His cross. Every time we turn the calendar on a sad anniversary of death or loss, we can remember and thank the One who won victory over death, and sorrow, and pain. (Romans 6:17-18; 1 Corinthians 15:54-57; Revelation 21:4)
Every birth, and spiritual re-birth, is cause for remembering our gracious Giver of breath and life. Every birthday, we can rejoice in the One who numbered our days before we were born and has remained faithful another year. Every wedding anniversary, we can trace and celebrate another year of God’s help and care and abiding. Each day of reconciliation, we can celebrate our Redeemer who reconciled us to Himself, and teaches us to forgive as we have been forgiven. (Job 14:5; Psalm 139:16; Matthew 6:25,31-33; John 4:14; Ephesians 4:32)
Do I take time to remember and rejoice? Am I deliberate to tell the next generation the faithful deeds of the Lord, to teach them to look for His magnificent works through history and on their behalf? (Psalm 78:1-7)
Lord, You have done many and marvelous things for me, and I am filled with joy. Adorn me with gladness and thanksgiving. Keep me remembering and celebrating Your merciful deliverance and great salvation. May I ever tell of Your wondrous deeds, to the praise of Your power and glory. (Psalm 126:3)