Memorial Day, TraditionFrom: "\"Doc\" Melson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Larry Doc Stanberry [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, May 30, 2001 4:26 AM
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Subject: NVOA Veterans List: May 30-- Memorial Day, Traditional (The Chaplain's Corner)
Exodus 12 (note vss. 26,27
at the end for those that
not have bibles handy).
day shall be unto you for a memorial.--Exodus 12:14
The memorial idea has prevailed among all kinds of people from the
earliest of times. The Old Testament contains the record of many memorials.
The greatest of these was the day set apart to commemorate the safety of the people
of Israel from the destroying angel and their deliverance from bondage to the
oppressor. Year by year, generation by generation, this occaision was
ordered set apart as a time of joyous gratitude to God.
We too have a Memorial Day. We as a people are also summoned to remember. Ours
is not primairily a religious institution, yet it has for us a profound
spiritual significance. While we separate the functions of church and
state, we do not separate religion from the total life of the Nation. As a
people we have reason to be profoundly grateful to the Father of nations
because we have been delivered from fear and oppression and have been given
opportunity for the freest life any citizens have ever known.
Now we are engaged once again in a struggle to set our planet free from
bondage to an order of life intolerable to free spirits. Once again the making
of history is upon us. Under God and with faith in the ultimate triumph
of righteousness we can make the days to come beyond all comparison; for our
aim is not the release of a single people, but of the whole race of men. For
such cause we need the full devotion of the entire nation and full trust in
God who has made and kept us a nation.
Father of Eternity, we come to Thee in Thy greatness; we look to
Thee for strength in this time of overwhelming need. Grant us the power to
accept and to stand up to all our tasks. Give us the wisdom to plan with clear
mind and understanding heart. Beyond our sense of power that we have the
spirit of righteousness and love. We ask it in Christ's Name. Amen
TEAM Idaho Chaplain
Larry Doc Stanberry ~~~~Easy as some may know...
Soldiers Of The Cross Prison Ministry
Proverb 16:3 Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
and your plans will succeed..
The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, 2 This month is to be for you the
first month, the first month of your year. 3 Tell the whole community of
Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb [a] for
his family, one for each household. 4 If any household is too small for a
whole lamb, they must share one with their nearest neighbor, having taken into
account the number of people there are. You are to determine the amount of
lamb needed in accordance with what each person will eat. 5 The animals you
choose must be year-old males without defect, and you may take them from the
sheep or the goats. 6 Take care of them until the fourteenth day of the month,
when all the people of the community of Israel must slaughter them at
twilight. 7 Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides
and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs. 8 That same
night they are to eat the meat roasted over the fire, along with bitter herbs,
and bread made without yeast. 9 Do not eat the meat raw or cooked in water,
but roast it over the fire--head, legs and inner parts. 10 Do not leave any of
it till morning; if some is left till morning, you must burn it. 11 This is
how you are to eat it: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on
your feet and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste; it is the LORD's
On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every
firstborn--both men and animals--and I will bring judgment on all the gods of
Egypt. I am the LORD. 13 The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where
you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague
will touch you when I strike Egypt.
This is a day you are to commemorate; for the generations to come you shall
celebrate it as a festival to the LORD--a lasting ordinance. 15 For seven days
you are to eat bread made without yeast. On the first day remove the yeast
from your houses, for whoever eats anything with yeast in it from the first
day through the seventh must be cut off from Israel. 16 On the first day hold
a sacred assembly, and another one on the seventh day. Do no work at all on
these days, except to prepare food for everyone to eat--that is all you may
Celebrate the Feast of Unleavened Bread, because it was on this very day that
I brought your divisions out of Egypt. Celebrate this day as a lasting
ordinance for the generations to come. 18 In the first month you are to eat
bread made without yeast, from the evening of the fourteenth day until the
evening of the twenty-first day. 19 For seven days no yeast is to be found in
your houses. And whoever eats anything with yeast in it must be cut off from
the community of Israel, whether he is an alien or native-born. 20 Eat nothing
made with yeast. Wherever you live, you must eat unleavened bread."
Then Moses summoned all the elders of Israel and said to them, "Go at
once and select the animals for your families and slaughter the Passover lamb.
22 Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it into the blood in the basin and put some of
the blood on the top and on both sides of the doorframe. Not one of you shall
go out the door of his house until morning. 23 When the LORD goes through the
land to strike down the Egyptians, he will see the blood on the top and sides
of the doorframe and will pass over that doorway, and he will not permit the
destroyer to enter your houses and strike you down.
Obey these instructions as a lasting ordinance for you and your descendants.
25 When you enter the land that the LORD will give you as he promised, observe
this ceremony. 26 And when your children ask you, 'What does this ceremony
mean to you?' 27 then tell them, 'It is the Passover sacrifice to the LORD,
who passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt and spared our homes
when he struck down the Egyptians.'" Then the people bowed down and
worshiped. 28 The Israelites did just what the LORD commanded Moses and Aaron.
At midnight the LORD struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, from the
firstborn of Pharaoh, who sat on the throne, to the firstborn of the prisoner,
who was in the dungeon, and the firstborn of all the livestock as well. 30
Pharaoh and all his officials and all the Egyptians got up during the night,
and there was loud wailing in Egypt, for there was not a house without someone
During the night Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, "Up! Leave my
people, you and the Israelites! Go, worship the LORD as you have requested. 32
Take your flocks and herds, as you have said, and go. And also bless me."
The Egyptians urged the people to hurry and leave the country. "For
otherwise," they said, "we will all die!" 34 So the people took
their dough before the yeast was added, and carried it on their shoulders in
kneading troughs wrapped in clothing. 35 The Israelites did as Moses
instructed and asked the Egyptians for articles of silver and gold and for
clothing. 36 The LORD had made the Egyptians favorably disposed toward the
people, and they gave them what they asked for; so they plundered the
The Israelites journeyed from Rameses to Succoth. There were about six hundred
thousand men on foot, besides women and children. 38 Many other people went up
with them, as well as large droves of livestock, both flocks and herds. 39
With the dough they had brought from Egypt, they baked cakes of unleavened
bread. The dough was without yeast because they had been driven out of Egypt
and did not have time to prepare food for themselves.
Now the length of time the Israelite people lived in Egypt [b] was 430 years.
41 At the end of the 430 years, to the very day, all the LORD's divisions left
Egypt. 42 Because the LORD kept vigil that night to bring them out of Egypt,
on this night all the Israelites are to keep vigil to honor the LORD for the
generations to come.
The LORD said to Moses and Aaron, "These are the regulations for the
foreigner is to eat of it. 44 Any slave you have bought may eat of it after
you have circumcised him, 45 but a temporary resident and a hired worker may
not eat of it.
It must be eaten inside one house; take none of the meat outside the house. Do
not break any of the bones. 47 The whole community of Israel must celebrate
An alien living among you who wants to celebrate the LORD's Passover must have
all the males in his household circumcised; then he may take part like one
born in the land. No uncircumcised male may eat of it. 49 The same law applies
to the native-born and to the alien living among you."
All the Israelites did just what the LORD had commanded Moses and Aaron. 51
And on that very day the LORD brought the Israelites out of Egypt by their
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