Saturday, October 8, 2011

8. God-Given Magnificient Memories

It’s that wonderful Thursday and a chance to meet with the mop room gang meeting in the Freedom Fire House. All the boys and girls are seated with one new visitor. The visitor’s wheelchair almost runs over Smokey’s tail. The girl in the wheel chair hugs Smokey and all are friends.

She introduces herself, “Hi everyone, my name’s Norma and I just heard of your mop room gang last Monday. I’d sure like to come regular to your meetings if you don’t mind my wheelchair. My only friend at school said you all learn about having a happy heart, and I sure could use some of that.” Norma slowly moved her hand over her right thigh that still gave painful reminders of the car accident almost two years ago.

When Zeb heard Norma’s words, ‘happy heart’ he had to wipe his nose quick or he’d soon have to wipe his eyes. He told himself that being a kid is plenty tough enough, let alone having to do it all from a wheelchair.

Zeb asked Bradley if he’d open the mop room meeting with prayer and asked that he’d include prayer for the military men and women away from their families, giving their lives to protect our freedom. Bradley felt it was a privilege and did his best.

You’re all seeing that a couple favorite areas of the Bible I like to share with others like you all is in the book Numbers. It’s just a shame that people only see some of the repetition and generations and decides to skip it all. But just like digging for gold that’s just under the surface, you need to take a second glance… you, and I, need to dig in to find valuables.

I want to tell you about the Pueblo Bible, that few people know about.
The evil communist North Koreans captured the American electronics intelligence gathering ship named Pueblo. The eighty plus American sailors were put in a dismal prison and repeatedly subjected to mind-bending sessions that included confession sheets. In secret, the sailors all contributed Bible verses and lists of its books the best they could remember. They wrote the verses and lists on scrap paper. The only papers they could find were leftover confession sheets. How like God… though the enemy tries his best, still God’s Word more than triumphs!

God’s Word over and over tells us to remember all that He has already done for us. Whether it is a miracle or just providing a warm safe bed and a full glass of milk all our own He knows our needs and expects us to trust Him to meet them.

Zeb continued teaching the children, “To help us with that remembering He’s given us a super powerful brain between our ears with two types of memory. One type of memory is short term and gets somewhat reset as we sleep each day. My silver hair somehow makes this short memory less dependable,” he said with a smile. “The other memory is long term and lets me remember things I did when I was younger than you all.”

Gang, when you read God’s word for yourself you catch sight of golden verses and principles you may have never seen before. How many of you have seen the “Remembrance Ribbons? Actually, it’s pretty hard not to. They are on the sides of cars, trucks, and sides of buildings and signs. Most all of them help us to remember our military service people and their families at home that miss them.”

Did you know these are mentioned in the Bible? They sure are. God has all sorts of wonderful ways for us to remember how much He loves us and all the things He’s already done for us. Like you can probably guess, I’m going to look for Remembrance Ribbons in the Old Testament of the Bible. So let’s turn to Numbers chapter 15.

We’ll begin at verse 38 where God is giving Moses instruction on adding a special blue ribbon on the bottom of their clothes. Boys and girls use your Bibles and let’s read this wonderful passage:”

Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue: And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the LORD, and do them; and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring: That ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your God. Numbers 15: 38-40.

Now gang, this is super important. Listen to ‘Ol Zeb close. God has not made us robots with electric computers for brains. But He expects us to make choices based upon all the powerful truths He has shown us. He gave the Israelites (and us too) the responsibility to remember His blessings AND His directions for our good health, safety, and spiritual growth. We can certainly take great comfort in His watch care and provisions for us.”

Now if you still think it’s ok to do just what you want and not what God has told you, you may want to read what happened to a fellow that was gathering firewood when he wasn’t supposed to. The description is in the same chapter starting with verse 32.”

Zeb told the mop room gang, “You and I get to make lots of choices each day. But we must also obey our parents, teachers, policeman, and pastor. But most of all we must learn God’s will for our lives and do it cheerfully.”