Word of God to Remember
God, in His word, reminds us to remember what the ancient people did wrong and warns us not to do their wicked deeds. He loves us so much He wants to remind us that evil work has no place in His kingdom. His merciful heart keeps us still existing. God wants us to learn and remember the experience of ancient people, what they did, and the consequences of their work.
God wanted the Israelites to remember that they had been enslaved people in Egypt. He repeatedly told them to remember this — Exodus 13:3; Deuteronomy 5:15; 15:15; 24:18,22. Why would God want them to remember that they used to be enslaved? It would make them appreciate what God had done for them. In the same way, we should remember that we used to be slaves to sin so that we appreciate where we are once we are saved.
Another group of things God wanted the Israelites to remember were His commandments — Numbers 15:38-40; Deuteronomy 8:1-4; Psalm 103:17-18; 1 Chronicles 16:15. We also are told to remember the commandments of God (2 Peter 3:1-3). This is probably the hardest one. God expects us to learn what He wants and to remember it. We cannot always look to the Bible when we want to do something and want to know what He says about it. We need to learn His commands before we need them and remember them.
God also wanted the Israelites to remember the miracles He had done for them (1 Chronicle 16:12). Psalm 105:5; Deuteronomy 7:18; Nehemiah 4:14; Deuteronomy 4:9; Deuteronomy 9:7; Deuteronomy 24:9; Matthew 16:9 all serve to say the same thing in different ways.
God also wants us to remember what God has done for us — Ephesians 2:12; 2 Timothy 2:8.
What we have to remember:
We find that the Israelites repeatedly forgot what God wanted them to remember. “You deserted the Rock, who fathered you; you forgot the God who gave you birth” -Deuteronomy 32:18.” The Israelites did evil in the LORD’s sight. They forgot about the LORD their God and served the images of Baal and the Asherah poles.”-Judges 3:7. “We remember the fish we used to eat for free in Egypt. And we had all the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic we wanted. -Numbers 11:5 shows that they remembered something about good food in Egypt and forgot about God, who provided all these things; they forgot His works. They did remember something but not enough.
When our ancestors were in Egypt, they gave no thought to your miracles; they did not remember your many kindnesses and rebelled by the Red Sea. They soon forgot his works, even within three days. Psalm 106:7,13.
They rebelled because they did not remember His works. They did not remember their early days. ‘Because you did not remember the days of your youth but enraged me with all these things, I will surely bring down on your head what you have done, declares the Sovereign LORD. Did you not add lewdness to all your other detestable practices? –Ezekiel 16:43. They had forgotten God for too long. Even though God had repeatedly warned them to remember what He had done for them, they kept forgetting.
What God remembers:
In the same way, also he took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 1 Corinthians 11:25
David asks God not to remember the sins of his youth. I believe God answered his prayer. You see, it is not that we never do what is wrong, but when we have a pure heart before God and do what He says to do, He will forget the evil we have done and remember the good about us. Unfortunately, for some, it also works the other way. -Psalm 25:7
If we turn away from God, He will forget the good we have done and remember the evil — Ezekiel 18:22,24.
Remember your Creator while you are young, then you can look back and remember your life with joy and know that God will remember you for good. -Ecclesiastes 12:1
Therefore, remember from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place unless you repent. – Revelation 2:5
Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near of which you will say, “I have no pleasure in them” -Ecclesiastes 12:1
Can a woman forget her nursing child that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you. Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me. -Isaiah 49:15-16
Remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me Isaiah -46:9
In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.” -Acts 20:35
“Remember what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.”- Revelation 3:3
Note: “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.”-Romans 15:4