A CONTINUING MEMORIAL BEFORE THE LORD
In Exodus 28, we find specific instructions on how the priestly garments were to be made. Verse 9 says, “Take two onyx stones and engrave on them the names of the sons of Israel in the order of their birth - six names on one stone and the remaining six on the other”. Verse 12 gives us the reason why, “as a memorial before the Lord”. Verse 29 continues the thought using the phrase, “as a continuing memorial before the Lord”
Vine's Expository Dictionary defines memorial as that which keeps alive the memory of someone or something. Every May we celebrate Memorial Day, remembering those who have given their lives for the freedom of our country. We take flowers to the cemetery to remember the lives of our loved ones who have gone before us. I am writing our memoirs so our kids and grandkids will remember the things that God has done for us.
In the same way, God wanted His chosen people to remember the many things He had done for them. The symbolism and detail given in the Passover celebration, the building of the Tabernacle, and in today's passage, the instructions for making the priestly garments were important reminders of God's provision.
He also wants us to remember what He has done for us. In I Corinthians 11:24-25, He instructs us to “do this in remembrance of me” speaking of communion, when we partake of the elements, remembering Christ's body sacrificed and His blood shed for our salvation. It is easy to forget and we need to be regularly reminded. Let's always be thankful for God's gracious provision.