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"But they deliberately forget that long ago by God's word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water" (2 Peter 3:5).
God calls His people to deliberately remember, such as the Passover Meal under the Old Covenant and the Communion service in the New Covenant. Most Communion tables in churches have this solemn inscription, "In Remembrance of Me".
I am intrigued by the phrase in our daily verse, "they deliberately forget." I have been pondering this condition described by the Apostle Peter that I believe is too common in the Christian's life and in the church body.
People may forget for a variety of reasons including diminished memory as we age. We often hear the phrase or utter it ourselves, "I'm having a senior moment" to describe a lapse in memory. Most of you raised children and often dealt with their neglecting to do a particular chore. When confronted, their common answer was, "I forgot." As parents we knew the truth of the matter most often was that they deliberately forgot since it was something they really didn't want to do. Today's Scripture speaks of deliberately forgetting as well; a severe spiritual condition that results when our priorities are misaligned.
The King James Version words it this way: "they willingly are ignorant of." The specific issue Peter writes of is God's work at creation. This is an essential biblical subject matter many people are ignorant about which has brought about compromise and error, even in the church. I believe the word "willingly" especially describes people's ignorance toward God's creation and many other areas where God's knowledge and will are revealed. Years ago one of my professors pointed out, "When one is confronted with divine truth, and God's plan for his life, the issue will ultimately come down to making a moral choice."
The first chapter of Romans is the hallmark chapter of Scripture on this topic and sums up the depraved human condition of humans who "deliberately forget". "The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them" (Romans 1:18,19).
Today, let us determine that we will not take for granted, nor forget or suppress the truth. Instead let us live under the authority of God's Holy Word and the Lordship of Jesus Christ. We will deliberately remember His supreme sacrifice of love demonstrated to us. If we don't remember, who will be there to tell those do not yet know of God's love?
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily Prayer: Father, we drink of the crushed fruit of the vine to remind us of Christ's pouring out His life's blood so that we might have forgiveness of sins. We eat the communion bread made from wheat that is cut down, threshed about, and put to the fire. So too, Jesus, the Bread of Life was threshed about to the utmost on our behalf. We deliberately remember and regularly commemorate the act that Jesus commissioned at the Last Supper with the disciples. His supreme sacrifice of dying for our sins so that we might be forgiven is worthy of great honor and faithful remembrance. Amen.
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Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
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"In Remembrance Of Me" Video Cheri Keaggy
"Communion Song" Video Third Day
"Remembrance" Video Matt Redmond
"At The Cross" Video Michael Robert
"Let Us Break Bread Together" Video
"Behold The Lamb Communion Song" Video Stuart Townend
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