Remember your journey from Shittim to Gilgal

The title of the post came from Micah 6. For most of us, this reference made in Micah 6 will not mean anything. We have to dig a bit to understand the reference being made here. First of all, God is calling His people to remember Him. As I have stated over the past several days, it serves us well to remember the LORD God. When we don’t remember God, we do very foolish things. For example, we are told from Deuteronomy 9:6-8 that we should “Understand, then, that it is not because of your righteousness that the Lord your God is giving you this good land to possess, for you are a stiff-necked people.Remember this and never forget how you provoked the Lord your God to anger in the desert. From the day you left Egypt until you arrived here, you have been rebellious against the Lord. At Horeb you aroused the Lord’s wrath so that he was angry enough to destroy you.” This is a clear reference to when Mose had gone up on Mount Sinai where he received the 10 Commandments. The people soon forgot about God making a golden calf and attributing their exodus from Egypt to the calf they made. This is what provoked God to anger in the desert. Had it not been for the mercy of God the people would have been destroyed.

Moreover, God extended His grace and demonstrated His power in the verses from Micah 6 where God says “Remember your journey from Shittim to Gilgal“. Remember the parting of the Red Sea. These verses are framed by references to Egypt (from which Israel was delivered) and Gilgal (where Israel entered the Promised Land, Josh. 4:19). All God’s saving acts during Israel’s formative period are included: the Passover and Exodus, guidance by the pillar of fire and cloud, miraculous provision of food and water, the provision of able leaders (“Moses, Aaron, and Miriam”), and victory over enemies. God’s wonderful provision for His people during this period foreshadowed the church’s experience with Christ. (Ligonier Ministries).

We see remembrance being encouraged when Paul tells the Corinthians “For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers, that our forefathers were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. They all ate the same spiritual food and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ. 1 Corinthians 10:1-4. More acts of God’s wonderful and freeing power.

Shittim to Gilgal marks the completion of our journey from exiting the bondage of sin to entering the freedom in Christ. Paul tells us in Galatians 5:1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Sin is that yoke of slavery. When we fail to remember God, Remember your journey from Shittim to Gilgal, we sin reentering, voluntarily I might add, that yoke of slavery to sin. Therefore, Remember your journey from Shittim to Gilgal.


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