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What Is the Meaning of These Stones

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When Joshua and the Israelites crossed over the Jordan River, God told the priests to gather 12 stones from the middle of the Jordan and set them up as a memorial once they had reached dry ground again. God explains to them what the memorial is for. It is to be a testimony and reminder of His faithfulness to His people, but it is also to bear witness that God’s faithfulness is a sovereign faithfulness. For God says,

“In the future, when your children ask their fathers, ‘What is the meaning of these stones?’ you should tell your children, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’ For the Lord your God dried up the waters of the Jordan before you until you had crossed over, just as the Lord your God did to the Red Sea, which He dried up before us until we had crossed over. This is so that all the people of the earth may know that the Lord’s hand is mighty, and so that you may always fear the Lord your God.”

It is God Himself who dried up the waters, showing once again His control over nature. And God demonstrates His sovereignty in this way in order to send forth the message to all people everywhere that His hand is mighty, which in turn should lead us to fear Him and put our trust in Him. He goes before us in awesome power and providence.

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Written by Michael Duenes

April 14, 2015 at 4:22 am

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