Why We Must Remember

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by Randy White Ministries Sunday, May 26, 2024

Listener Guide: Why We Must Remember

Dr. Randy White


  • Memory bridges the past, present, and future.

  • Shapes identity, influences decisions, ties us to roots.

  • Neglect of memorials impacts our understanding of faith and principles.

  • Importance of memory and memorials in shaping identity, faith, and future.


    Biblical Memorials

    1. Jacob's Pillar (Genesis 28:18-22)
  • Jacob sets up a stone pillar at Bethel as a physical reminder of his encounter with God.

  • Represents a sacred moment and commitment to God.

    2. Passover (Exodus 12:14)
  • Established as a memorial day to remember God's liberation of Israel from Egypt.

  • Serves as a powerful reminder of God's faithfulness and acts of salvation.

    3. Sabbath (Exodus 20:8-11)
  • Designated as a weekly memorial day.

  • Reminds Israel of God's creation work and the sanctity of rest.

    4. Torah (Deuteronomy 31:26)
  • Placed beside the Ark of the Covenant as a witness.

  • Signifies the centrality and importance of God's laws and promises.

    5. Twelve Stones at Gilgal (Joshua 4:20-24)
  • Memorial of the Jordan River crossing.

  • Reminds future generations of God's miraculous power and providence.

    6. Ebenezer Stone (1 Samuel 7:12)
  • Set up by Samuel after defeating the Philistines.

  • Serves as a testament to God's help and faithfulness.

    7. Baalperazim (2 Samuel 5:20)
  • David renames the place to commemorate God's breakthrough in battle.

  • Memorializes God's intervention and victory.

    8. Woman Anointing Jesus (Mark 14:9)
  • Jesus establishes her act as a memorial to be spoken of wherever the gospel is preached.

  • Symbolizes devotion and sacrificial love.

    9. Lord's Supper (1 Corinthians 11:24-25)
  • Jesus establishes Communion as a memorial of His sacrifice.

  • Symbolizes His body and blood, reminding believers of His atoning work.


    Types of Memorials
  • Physical Memorials: Tangible reminders (Jacob's pillar, twelve stones at Gilgal).

  • Documents: Lasting testimonies (Torah beside the Ark).

  • People: Remembered for significant actions (woman anointing Jesus).

  • Names: Capture significant events (Baalperazim).

  • Events: Recurring reminders (Passover, Lord's Supper).


    Societal Memory
  • Quotes on memory's importance:

  • “History is not a burden on the memory but an illumination of the soul.” - Lord Acton

  • “The best prophet of the future is the past.” - Lord Byron

  • “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin, and culture is like a tree without roots.” - Marcus Garvey

  • Collective memory shapes identity, values, and future direction.

  • Selective remembering and forgetting impact societal learning and identity.

  • Balance needed in remembering triumphs and failures for a better future.


    Application to Churches, Families, and Individuals
  • Churches, families, and individuals can create memorials to preserve narratives.

  • Church buildings, family traditions, and personal records serve as valuable memorials.

  • These memorials promote values, preserve memories, and provide stability.


    Modern Forgetfulness
  • Society's abandonment of markers and traditions leads to amnesia and generational gaps.

  • Discarding traditions fosters societal amnesia and a generational chasm.

  • Upcoming generation may lose lessons from the past, impacting future progress.


    The Greatest Memory
  • While progress and change are inevitable, we must not discard traditions recklessly.

  • Memorials tie us to the past, providing valuable lessons.

  • The sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross is the ultimate memorial.

  • This act of love and sacrifice is the foundation of faith and identity for believers.


  • Memory and memorials are vital for understanding identity, faith, and future.

  • Balancing remembrance and progress ensures a well-rounded and informed society.

  • The sacrifice of Jesus Christ remains the central and most significant memorial for Christians.

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