Honoring God’s Memorial

“God also said to Moses, ‘Say this to the people of Israel: “YeHoVaH, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.” This is My Name forever, and thus I am to be REMEMBERED throughout all generations’” (Exodus 3:15, emphasis added).

For citizens of the United States of America, this week began with a very significant national holiday: Memorial Day. It is on this day that we pay special remembrance to those valiant soldiers of the United States armed forces—especially those who have paid the ultimate price and sacrificed their lives in defense of liberty and justice. On this day, we remember the indomitable courage and heroism that stormed the five blood-soaked beaches at Normandy, freed the Jewish prisoners from Auschwitz-Birkenau, victoriously raised the U.S. flag atop the Japanese island of Iwo Jima, pushed back against the encroachment of communism in Korea and Vietnam, and have sought to put an end to the barbaric Islamic terrorist groups who seek to eradicate Jew and Christian alike.

From everyone at A Rood Awakening International Ministries, we thank and salute our valiant U.S. soldiers and veterans.

But on this particular Memorial Day, my mind has spent considerable time meditating on the word “memorial” and its connection with the God of our fathers. The Hebrew word translated as “remembered” in Exodus 3:15 is “zeker,” which properly means a “memorial.” As God declared to Moses from the burning bush, the hallowed Name of YeHoVaH — a Name which stands as an everlasting declaration that “He was, He is, and He will be” — is the eternal memorial of the Almighty God. Recorded nearly 7,000 times in the Hebrew Scriptures, God’s awesome Name is how He is to be remembered and honored forever and ever.

Throughout American history, forces of great evil have arisen to destroy all that we hold dear. Time and time again, these forces of darkness have been challenged and ultimately conquered by the valiant, the brave, and the bold. We honor their sacred sacrifices on Memorial Day.

There’s a spiritual parallel here because, throughout human history, there have been forces of great evil that have arisen to destroy what we should hold dearest: the sacred memorial of God Himself. These servants of the enemy seek to “make My people forget My Name” (Jeremiah 23:27). They seek to cause God’s people to not remember, not call upon, not exalt, not banner, not bless, not swear oaths by, and not love the Name of YeHoVaH.

But time and time again, these forces of spiritual darkness have been challenged and ultimately conquered by the valiant, the brave, and the bold. Empowered by God’s grace, servants of the Almighty have worked tirelessly to restore God’s great Name, so that His memorial can be known and declared throughout all the world.

God’s “zeker”—His “memorial”—will never be destroyed and will never be forgotten. HalleluYah!

As we seek to honor God by holding His memorial sacred, we are humbled by His promise that He also remembers us. “Then those who feared YeHoVaH spoke with one another. YeHoVaH paid attention and heard them, and a book of REMEMBRANCE was written before Him of those who feared YeHoVaH and esteemed HIS NAME” (Malachi 3:16, emphasis added).

All glory be to YeHoVaH God forever and ever. Amen.

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