March 1, 2017
Read Joshua 22:1 through 24:33
Etched on the wall above the Lincoln Memorial are the following words: “In this temple, as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the union, the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever.” The Lincoln Memorial and numerous other statues, monuments, and symbols across the country mark America’s heritage. These serve as reminders of what was given to secure the freedoms enjoyed today.
“That is why we said, ‘Let us get ready and build an altar—but not for burnt offerings or sacrifices.’ … Then in the future your descendants will not be able to say to ours, ‘You have no share in the Lord’” (Joshua 22:26–27).
Because of the location of their inherited land, the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and Manasseh were afraid their offspring would forget they were part of God’s people, or that their relatives across the river would forget. An altar was established to remind them. Our heritage in Christ can also be displayed as memorials of the past that point to the promises of the future.
Thought for Today: What spiritual markers are we leaving for the generations to come?
Quicklook: Joshua 22:21–28
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