Family Bible Study lesson for September 16: Leaving a Legacy
August 24 2001 by David Edgell , Joshua 3:9-10a, 14-17; 4:15-24

Family Bible Study lesson for September 16: Leaving a Legacy | Friday, Aug. 24, 2001

Friday, Aug. 24, 2001

Family Bible Study lesson for September 16: Leaving a Legacy

By David Edgell Joshua 3:9-10a, 14-17; 4:15-24 "Daddy, tell me some stories about when you were a kid." The question seemed innocent enough at first. An inquisitive 5-year-old daughter asking her father about all of the games he used to play when he was a child.

I thought of the opportunity to tell about all of the fun places we had explored and how we found hours of discovery the best possible pastime. Yes, a chance was at hand to tell about the silly jokes I had played on my siblings and much more.

But then I realized that my "innocent" red-haired blue-eyed daughter seemed to have something behind her question.

I had preached two days earlier in a Sunday evening service at our church. My opening illustration had been of an event when I was a child regarding my disobedience to my parents when I was 8-years-old.

The congregation's laughter had apparently sparked her interest. Was she amazed at how I had regarded my father as too slow to catch me when I tried to out pedal him with my bike? Was she amazed that her father had ever been disobedient to his parents? Or was she looking for ammunition for a later opportunity when she could quickly proclaim, "Daddy, you did ... when you were a kid!"

Memories can be of events that were life changing (like when my father caught me on my bicycle). They can bring back the precious moments in our lives when it seemed as though life stood still. But memories can also be of painful events that seem to cripple us for an eternity. They can challenge us to great risks or they can bring us to the brink of despair. We must keep in focus that God desires to use all of our memories for His purpose, to accomplish His will and to challenge us to do greater things for Him.

God had an object lesson that He wanted the children of Israel to experience. A lesson for the current generation to learn as well as those that would follow.

The first object lesson was to act on the memories and the promises of God. Joshua was called by God to succeed Moses and he was sure of God's promise to place His people in the promised land.

The presence of God had led the children of Israel across the Red Sea. The ark was the symbol of God's presence on earth. Joshua had planned for the presence of God to go before them. He would act in faith and believe God for the rest.

The second object lesson was the command to establish a memorial. God gave further instructions upon their obedience. He desired for it "to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, 'What do these stones mean?' tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever" (Joshua 4:6-7).

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8/24/2001 12:00:00 AM by David Edgell , Joshua 3:9-10a, 14-17; 4:15-24 | with 0 comments
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