If one would ask 20 people to mention a memorial, which one would pop into their minds? I would imagine, depending on their age or ethnicity, they might come up with 18-20 different answers.
“A memorial is an object which serves as a focus for the memory or the commemoration of something, usually an influential, deceased person or a historical, tragic event. Popular forms of memorials include landmark objects or works of art such as sculptures, statues or fountains, and parks.” (Wikipedia)
When we look up memorial in a Bible dictionary, we see something similar. Yet when we reference Strong’s Concordance, our definition is a little different. All definitions of “memorial” are as a remembrance. Yet Strong’s also adds: “[H2146] writing, record [H2142] zakar, ZA-jar’; a primitive; root; also as denomination from H2145 properly, to mark (so to be recognized), I.e. remember. [H2143] scent[H234] offering”
“And the LORD said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.” (Exodus 17:14)
I believe it would behoove us to write some things down that God has done for us. After all, even God has a book of remembrance.
“Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.” (Malachi 3:16)
“…set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and cry for all the abomination…slay utterly … but come not near any man upon whom is the mark and begin at my sanctuary…” (Ezekiel 9:4,6)
“And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.” (Acts 10:4)
Last, but surely not least, we remember the woman that poured the ointment on Jesus’ head. Not just Judas, but “his disciples” called it a waste. (Matthew 26:1-13) We also read in the book of John, of Mary anointing Jesus by pouring the nard on his feet and wiping his feet with her hair. (John 12:1-8) What love, and devotion! While she offers this sacrifice of worship, the aroma fills the room. While they condemned her for waste, Jesus said it would be a memorial to her. I know we are not going to get twelve stones out of the Jordan river,so go ahead, write in your journal the good things God has done or the treasure you found in His Word. Cry out and mourn for the abominations that are taking place in our world. Give of your time and finances. Let the sweet aroma of your prayers and praise build a memorial that won’t be forgotten.
…The God of heaven, he will prosper us; therefore we his servants will arise and build: but ye have no portion, nor right, nor memorial, in Jerusalem. Nehemiah 2:20
Have you made a memorial that won’t come down?