Therefore it shall be when ye be gone over Jordan, that ye shall set up these stones, which I command you this day, in mount Ebal, and thou shalt plaister them with plaister. And there shalt thou build an altar unto the LORD thy God, an altar of stones: thou shalt not lift up any iron tool upon them. Thou shalt build the altar of the LORD thy God of whole stones: and thou shalt offer burnt offerings thereon unto the LORD thy God: And thou shalt offer peace offerings, and shalt eat there, and rejoice before the LORD thy God. And thou shalt write upon the stones all the words of this law very plainly. (Deut. 27:4-8)
Moses prepared the people of Israel with instructions on their worship of God once they crossed over the river into the Promised Land. They were to prepare an holy altar to God and worship Him who had preserved and protected them throughout the wilderness wanderings and would continue to do so as they conquered and possessed the land which God had given them. They were to remember, and the stones were that reminder, all of what God had done for His people as they continued to serve and obey Him in the land they were about to enter.
Christians would do well to remember all of what God has done, from His creation of man in His image, to the salvation which He has purchased in His own body on the tree, to our continued protection and preservation as His people until He returns for His own. He is our Creator, Redeemer, and King. Though we don’t need altars today to remember, we do worship the God of creation who became a man and fashioned after a man put to death the flesh for our sins and is coming back to judge the world and all those who have not repented of their sins and received Him by faith through grace. The twelve stones of Israel reminded them of all that God had done for them and today, His Word tells us of Jesus Christ, the Rock of ages, who created all things, gave Himself that we might have life and have it more abundantly, and is coming again as Judge and King. God alone is worthy of our worship and is to be praised as we remember and proclaim His wonderful works to the children of men.
God has sent those who are His and know Him out into this world to reach the lost that they might be saved from sin. He desires that His people strive to be holy and obedient unto Him that we might minister to those around us who are hurting and in need as He provides. We serve others, equipped with the Word of reconciliation and righteousness, rightly divided and fitly spoken, that they may see Christ in us, the hope of Glory. Our God has commanded us to love one another with an unfeigned love, even as He first loved us, and to disciple one another in the Word of God so that we may all grow in grace and in the Knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Our Lord has commissioned those who are His with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to go where He sends us in the power of the Holy Spirit. As we go, we are to proclaim the Good News of forgiveness through repentance and reconciliation with the Father through faith in His Son, that those who believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah of God might have life in His Name.
God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance and the knowledge of the Truth. Jesus loves you and wants to establish a covenant relationship with you that is real and personal. Surrender to Him on His terms and He will give you a brand new life of discipleship and fellowship with Him that is abundant and everlasting. God calls you to faith in Christ and His finished and perfect work on the Cross of Calvary to pay your sIn debt. He has provided the only way of reconciliation with God, forgiveness from God, and Salvation through Jesus Christ, the Son of God who is God the Son, to give you a new life in Christ. Turn away from yourself and your sIn and turn to Him alone for eternal Life, now and always.