We have been blessed with a wonderful memory that we can remember many things in our lives. We remember our names and names of almost everyone we know. We remember several dates such as our birthdays, marriage and death anniversaries of spouses, parents, kids, friends, relatives and so on. We also remember several special days such as Veteran’s Day, Independence Day, Christmas, Easter and many other occasions. We remember several phone numbers and many incidents in our life. We remember things we learned in school and colleges. Even though we forget the good things others did to us we never forgets what others did bad to us! Sadly it’s a human nature.
Well in Bible the word ‘remember’ comes as a warning on several things. Ecclesiastics is one great book in Bible written by the wisest man ever lived King Solomon. The Great King says “Remember your Creator in days of your youth” in the last chapter of the book he wrote Ecclesiastics. He gives the reason and a detailed explanation why we need to remember the Creator in days of youth.
Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, “I find no pleasure in them”— before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars grow dark, and the clouds return after the rain; (Ecclesiastes 12:1, 2 NIV)
Its in a poetic way how Ecclesiastics- 12 is written. It reasons why we need to remember the Creator in youth as it gets hard and difficult in the old age as we have no control on ourselves in old age.
See in verse 1and 2 tells us to remember the Creator in youth as days of troubles will come and we say we don’t find any pleasure in any thing or we loose interest as we get into old age. Now in the next verses reasons this by giving an insight to old age.
when the keepers of the house tremble, and the strong men stoop, when the grinders cease because they are few, and those looking through the windows grow dim; (Ecclesiastes 12:3 NIV) which says our knees will become weak and start to shake, the number of teeth in mouth will reduce as we grow older and the eye sight will become dim.
when the doors to the street are closed and the sound of grinding fades; when people rise up at the sound of birds, but all their songs grow faint; (Ecclesiastes 12:4 NIV)
Doors of the street means the ability to hear will become weak, as the teeth reduce and the chewing of food becomes hard and you become sleepless as you get up early in the morning.
when people are afraid of heights and of dangers in the streets; when the almond tree blossoms and the grasshopper drags itself along and desire no longer is stirred. Then people go to their eternal home and mourners go about the streets. (Ecclesiastes 12:5 NIV). This tells us it become hard and painful for us to climb heights as we grow old, the blossoming of almond tree and grass hopper says about the different diseases we can easily get as our immune system grow weak. And people can’t take any more pain and one day we will die and go to our eternal homes and the people who loved us will be mourning on our departs.
Therefore the next verse again emphasizes us to remember God as we grow old we can fall too often and can become paralyzed by damaging the spinal cord, or by damaging the head and brain. We can loose control on our bladder and kidneys grow weak -Remember him—before the silver cord is severed, and the golden bowl is broken; before the pitcher is shattered at the spring, and the wheel broken at the well, (Ecclesiastes 12:6 NIV)
and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it. (Ecclesiastes 12:7 NIV). Verse 7 says as all this happen we eventually die and our body goes back as dust but the spirit go back to the Creator who created you and you will be accountable before him for all the ways of your life.
That’s the reason why King Solomon told us to Remember God in the youth and live a Godly life as You grow old it becomes hard and you cannot do things as how it was in youth. Therefore fear God and live according to God as the last two verses in the chapter says-
Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil. (Ecclesiastes 12:13, 14 NIV)
In Luke 17:32 we see another repetition of the word ‘Remember.’ Here the verse says- Remember Lot’s wife! (Luke 17:32 NIV).
Why do we need to remember Lot’s wife? Luke 17 gives an account of things that take place before the second coming of Jesus. Jesus warns us to remember Lot’s wife as things happen according to Luke 17. Who’s Lot and his wife? Why do we need to remember especially Lot’s wife? The answer lies in Genesis. When God asked Abraham to leave the place where he lived and set off a journey to a place where he has never seen before Abraham obeyed God and set off the long journey. Lot who was his nephew accompanied Abraham. God blessed Abraham and Lot and they had lots of wealth especially animals.
The shepherds of Abraham and Lot had fights and so Abraham called Lot and told him to choose any place to live to whichever place he choose Abraham will go the opposite way. Lot looked around and he found the areas of Sodom and Gomorrah more resourceful land than other places and he choose to go there and Abraham went the opposite way.
But in Genesis 19 we see the city of Sodom and Gomorrah were very sinful cities and there sins had reached up to heavens. God gave several warnings in-spite of all warnings they chose to lead sinful life and God send his angels to destroy those cities.
But before destroying those lands God remembered Lot because of Abraham and send his angels to his house to save him and asked to run from there to another safe place and asked him and his family not to turn around or look behind. They obeyed the words of angels after lot of struggles and they set off but on way Lot’s wife looked behind and she became a pillar of salt! And she is still there in Israel as a warning to everyone to obey God! Even though Lot left Abraham and chose the best lands God gave him another opportunity to live.
When God gives you an opportunity understand it is his mercy and grace and obey God completely. Don’t try to lean on your understanding and that’s what Lot’s wife symbolizes by standing there in Israel even to this day as a pillar of salt! “But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.” (Genesis 19:26 NIV)
Again in New Testament we see a lot of places asking us to remember many those who once set there christian life faithfully but couldn’t resist to the evils of world and wrecked their ship of faith and warns us to be careful and lead a holy life.
But when we come to 1 Corinthians 11:24, 25 we see the word remember again. I would like to summarize this thought with those verses
“and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” (1 Corinthians 11:24, 25 NIV)
Here Apostle Paul speaks about the Holy Communion. Paul remind us as we take part in Holy Communion as we break the bread let’s remember the good Saviour Jesus who was broken down for you and me. Who been served several hits with lashes on his body and appeared as no one who knew him before cannot recognize him he was shattered. Like a loaf of bread is broken to several pieces to eat Jesus was broken by the cruel hits of Roman soldiers. Therefore when we have the bread of Holy Communion remember the severe trauma Jesus went through for saving us from the bondage of sins.
Again when we take the vine of Holy Communion Remember the blood Jesus gave from His body on cross of Calvary. In the four gospels of Mathew, Mark, Luke and John a deep insight to the events of crucification is given. We can clearly see the severe pain Jesus went through. He gave His very last drop of blood in his body. John 19:34 says when the soldiers came to see if Jesus was dead a soldier pierced his spear onto the side of Jesus and it brought sudden gush of blood and water which clearly shows the very last drop of blood and water in His body was given to us for the redemption of our sins. Therefore let’s remember the severe pain, the amazing grace, mercy and love Jesus shown and given us on the cross of Calvary when we have the portion of vine in Holy Communion.
Let’s remember the precious love, the amazing grace and mercy, of God who gave his one and only son Jesus who was living in all splendor in heaven but choose to come down to this wrecked earth for saving us from the bondages of sin!
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16 NIV)
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! (Philippians 2:5-8 NIV)
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich. (2 Corinthians 8:9 NIV)
Therefore let’s Remember God in the days of our youth before it’s too late as the wise King Solomon said- “Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, “I find no pleasure in them”— (Ecclesiastes 12:1 NIV)