REMEMBERING GOD INVITES HIM TO ACT

JOSEPH

In the story of Joseph and the butler, there was interpretation of prophecy by Joseph to him that said he would be free from prison and once again serve Pharaoh. Joseph however said to the butler, remember me when your free and make mention of me to Pharaoh. And Joseph said to him:

“This is the interpretation of it: The three branches are three days. Now within three days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your place, and you will put Pharaoh’s cup in his hand according to the former manner, when you were his butler. But remember me when it is well with you, and please show kindness to me; make mention of me to Pharaoh, and get me out of this house”. (Genesis 40: 12-14)

HEBREW WORD ZAKAR

The same Hebrew word ‘Zakar’ is used for ‘remember’ as well as ‘mention’ in this scripture. Joseph was saying when you think of me act on my behalf; let your thoughts be followed by actions that will bring me deliverance. To the ancient Jew the deed was always more important than the creed. Words without action were meaningless; to remember was to act. The Old Testament Jew reminded God of his promises and expected him to act on their behalf to bring deliverance. As New Testament saint’s we also remind God of his promises, but the difference is that God has already done everything for us through the completed work of Jesus. Our responsibility is to release our faith with thanksgiving to God for what’s been accomplished on our behalf.

REMEMBRANCE CELEBRATIONS & EARLY CHURCH

The Lords Supper is the most powerful of all remembrance celebrations instituted by Jesus Himself. Jesus broke bread with the disciples with the words:

“This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me”. (1 Corinthians 11:23-25)

He reminded them of His sacrifice on the cross and of His soon coming return. The early church knew the power of partaking of the Lord’s Supper on a daily basis (Acts 2:46). They moved from house to house daily to break bread. Notice that they accompanied their breaking of bread with praise (Acts 2:47).

WHAT HE HAS DONE BEFORE, HE CAN DO AGAIN

We need to constantly remind ourselves with continual thanksgiving and praise of the Lord’s saving grace. Communion is a constant reminder of Jesus life, death and resurrection. What God did in the past, either years ago or yesterday, He can do again today! What He did for someone else, He can do for you! He hasn’t changed and his power hasn’t diminished. The early church knew this and lived in the reality of it. We must also.

About Tom Inglis

Tom is recognised by many as an apostle of worship who carries a prophetic word that is fresh and relevant for the church today. He has travelled into many nations teaching the message of ‘worship as a lifestyle’ and is considered by many as a pioneer in this area. [Read More...]