A Sermon By: Pastor Henry T. Anderson
Windsor Avenue Bible Church, Oceanside, NY
15 And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, the Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.
This weekend we celebrate Memorial Day!
Memorial Day is a Federal holiday observed annually on the last Monday of May. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War.
Memorial Day often marks the start of the summer vacation season, It also became a long weekend increasingly devoted to shopping, family gatherings, fireworks, trips to the beach, and national sporting events such as the Indianapolis 500 (since 1911) (Postponed till August 24) and the Coca-Cola 600 (since 1960) (Being Raced without Fans in attendance) auto races. Memorial Day weekend also kicks off the the Hot Dog season. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, Americans will consume 7 billion hot dogs.
Memorial Day is celebrated at Arlington National Cemetery with a ceremony in which a small American flag is placed on each grave. Also, it is customary for the president or vice-president to give a speech honoring the contributions of the dead and lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. About 5,000 people attend the ceremony annually.
Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, living or dead.
Tomorrow we will celebrate Memorial Day. Many people see it as just a day off; a 3 day weekend. But for those who have lost someone because of war or military action, it means much more than a day off.
On Memorial Day we: 1-Mourn the Loss of Life, 2-Remember their Lives, and 3-Are thankful for the Sacrifice
Now an honest question is: What does Memorial mean?
Memorial means: A preservative of memory that which preserves the memory of something; anything that serves to keep in memory.
And we keep in Memorial those who have given their lives to protect and defend our Country.
And we’re to keep in Memorial according to Exodus 3:15 —the Name of God is and who He is and what He has done and what He will do forever, is to be remembered and Memorialized.
Psalm 135:13 says:
13 Thy name, O Lord, endureth for ever; and thy memorial, O Lord, throughout all generations.
And we see that 1: The LORD’S name endureth forever. Jehovah God the ever-living, the unchanging God. Generations of people pass away; the kingdoms of the earth change; the idols perish, but The name of The LORD endures forever!
And in Exodus 3:15 and Psalm 135:13 when we see L-O-R-D in Capitals, that’s referring to Jehovah God.
The name of God used in the Old Testament. The true pronunciation of this name has been lost through the passing centuries since God revealed it to Israel. The Jews were afraid to pronounce the name; therefore, the original pronunciation has been lost.
The meaning of the name, though, is clear from Scripture:
Psalm 83:18 says:
18That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth.
Jehovah’s Name is called His memorial, as bringing to mind all that HE is and does. Such as He has once revealed Himself to be He will continue for ever.
And what I’d like to Preach on this Morning is how God and The Bible uses The Name of God JEHOVAH with other word combinations to describe God and why the Christian is to keep in Memorial!
1. The first Name of God we need to keep in Memorial is:
JEHOVAH-JIREH, Which means Jehovah will provide.
JEHOVAH-JIREH is the name Abraham gave to an altar after God had provided a sacrifice in the place of Isaac (Genesis 22:1-14).
Genesis 22:14 we read:
14And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.
JEHOVAH-JIREH reminds us of God’s mercy in seeing man’s need of Salvation and in providing His Son The Lord Jesus Christ as a sacrifice for sin.
JEHOVAH-JIREH provided a Saviour for us His Son The Lord Jesus Christ! John 3:16 says:
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
JEHOVAH-JIREH provided us with a Saviour!
JEHOVAH-JIREH provided us with Salvation!
JEHOVAH-JIREH provided us with His Holy Spirit the very second we become Saved!
JEHOVAH-JIREH provided us with Eternal Life Amen!
JEHOVAH-JIREH provided us with a Home called Heaven!
JEHOVAH-JIREH, Then there’s:
2. JEHOVAH-NISSI Which means: Jehovah is my banner.
JEHOVAH-NISSI is the name Moses gave to an altar after God defeated Israel’s enemy, Amalak, and promised to destroy him utterly. This name reminds us that God is powerful and faithful to defeat the enemies of His people. God is the believer’s victory over all enemies.
Let’s turn to Exodus 17:8-17
8 Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim.
9 And Moses said unto Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: to morrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in mine hand.
10 So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek: and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill.
11 And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.
12 But Moses hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.
13 And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.
14 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.
15 And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovahnissi:
16 For he said, Because the LORD hath sworn that the LORD will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.
And Church let me tell you that Jesus Christ has come and has destroyed our enemies!
Paul writing of Jesus in Colossians 2:15 writes:
15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
1 Corinthians 15:55-57
55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus is come to destroy our enemy The Devil!
1 John 3:8
8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
We as a people have a thing for Flags and Banners!
In the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics each Country enters the Stadium with their Flags and Banners,
Each 4th of July and Memorial Day millions of Americans will display their Flags and Banners,
At the beginning of a Sporting event we sing The Star Spangled Banner, why? Because the Flag of Banner symbolizes Victory!
In War Soldiers rally around the Flag, and it is well understood that the conquering army in any battle has the right to remove the defeated country's flag and replace it with their own, usually in the highest spot possible for all to see. The country with the conquering flag has won and now they are in control.
And this is way Countries do this, but Church I’m here to remind you that JEHOVAH-NISSI our Banner! And just like Moses and The Children were in a Battle, we’re in a Battle as well… What is your battle right now?
Drugs? Pornography? Bitterness? Loneliness? Cancer? Dissention? Depression? Hopelessness? Bankruptcy? Injustice? The list goes on and on and if I haven't named your battleground you can just fill in the blank. You know what you are at war with and you know that in the heat of battle it is hard to see the victory at the end. Remember Jehovah Nissi. Call upon Jehovah Nissi. Raise your hands in prayer the way Moses did. Don't give up. Ask others to hold your hands up if you get tired. God is faithful to fulfill his word. When your battle is over you will have the right to replace your enemy's flag with your own. Set it on high for all to see that Jehovah Nissi is your God who has secured your victory.
3. Then we have JEHOVAH-SHALOM That means Jehovah is peace.
The name Gideon gave to an altar after God had spoken to him.
23And the LORD said unto him, Peace be unto thee; fear not: thou shalt not die.
24Then Gideon built an altar there unto the LORD, and called it Jehovahshalom: unto this day it is yet in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.
And God gave Gideon the Victory against the Midianites and brought Peace to Israel!
JEHOVAH-SHALOM reminds us that God gives peace to His people because of the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:1 says:
1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
Do you want Peace in your life? Then turn to God!
In the Bible God is often called the God of peace!
13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
Do you want Peace in your life? Then turn to The Lord Jesus Christ!
Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace!
6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
The Gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ is the Gospel of peace!
15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
JEHOVAH-SHALOM reminds us that God gives peace to His people because of His Son, Jesus Christ.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Which means: Jehovah is our righteousness.
A name is given prophetically to The Lord Jesus Christ. It is another proof of Jesus Christ’s deity.
6In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
Righteousness means morally right or justifiable but some of its synonyms help us more: blameless, guiltless, holy, innocent, just, sinless. When God revealed himself as "THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS", we see a Righteous, Blameless, Holy God!
How exactly is the Lord our righteousness? Since every one of us has sinned, we have no right to stand before God and say; "Here I am Lord, right, just, sinless and blameless. I'm innocent God."
But Our Lord and Saviour Jesus can stand before the Father and say all those things. So by carrying our sins on the cross, he is letting us ride on his righteousness. He can say to the Father; "I've got You covered. Don't look at her sin because I paid for it and I want you to see her as blameless." The Father accepts Jesus' righteousness as if it were ours.
The name JEHOVAH-TSIDKENU is also applied prophetically to Jerusalem. After the Lord Jesus returns and sets up His throne in Jerusalem, His city will be called after His own name—the Lord our righteousness.
15In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land.
16In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely: and this is the name wherewith she shall be called, The LORD our righteousness.
5. JEHOVAH –RAAH or ROI,
Which means: The Lord my Shepherd.
David writes in Psalm 23
1 The Lord is my shepherd (JEHOVAH –RAAH); I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
David describes God not as "a" Shepherd but as "my" Shepherd, which pictures the personal, intimate concern God has for every aspect of the life of His "sheep".
Isaiah describes God as a Shepherd in Isaiah 40:11
11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.
God loves His people, God cares for His people, God protects His people, He’s a personal God. He’s my Shepherd; He’s your Shepherd, Amen!
And God’s Son The Lord Jesus Christ is our Shepherd as well!
Jesus Himself said in: John 10:11
11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
6. JEHOVAH MEKODDISHKEM
Means: The Lord Who Sanctifie