Stones of Remembrance

Joshua 4 NCV

1     After all the people had finished crossing the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua,

2     “Choose twelve men from among the people, one from each tribe.

3     Tell them to get twelve rocks from the middle of the river, from where the priests stood. Carry the rocks and put them down where you stay tonight.“

4     So Joshua chose one man from each tribe. Then he called the twelve men together

5     and said to them, “Go out into the river where the Ark of the Lord your God is. Each of you bring back one rock, one for each tribe of Israel, and carry it on your shoulder.

6     They will be a sign among you. In the future your children will ask you, ’What do these rocks mean?’

7     Tell them the water stopped flowing in the Jordan when the Ark of the Agreement with the Lord crossed the river. These rocks will always remind the Israelites of this.“

8     So the Israelites obeyed Joshua and carried twelve rocks from the middle of the Jordan River, one rock for each of the twelve tribes of Israel, just as the Lord had commanded Joshua. They carried the rocks with them and put them down where they made their camp.

9     Joshua also put twelve rocks in the middle of the Jordan River where the priests had stood while carrying the Ark of the Agreement. These rocks are still there today.

10   The priests carrying the Ark continued standing in the middle of the river until everything was done that the Lord had commanded Joshua to tell the people, just as Moses had told Joshua. The people hurried across the river.

11   After they finished crossing the river, the priests carried the Ark of the Lord to the other side as the people watched.

12   The men from the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and East Manasseh obeyed what Moses had told them. They were dressed for war, and they crossed the river ahead of the other people.

13   About forty thousand soldiers prepared for war passed before the Lord as they marched across the river, going toward the plains of Jericho.

14   That day the Lord made Joshua great in the opinion of all the Israelites. They respected Joshua all his life, just as they had respected Moses.

15   Then the Lord said to Joshua,

16   “Command the priests to bring the Ark of the Agreement out of the river.“

17   So Joshua commanded the priests, “Come up out of the Jordan.“

18   Then the priests carried the Ark of the Agreement with the Lord out of the river. As soon as their feet touched dry land, the water began flowing again. The river again overflowed its banks, just as it had before they crossed.

19   The people crossed the Jordan on the tenth day of the first month and camped at Gilgal, east of Jericho.

20   They carried with them the twelve rocks taken from the Jordan, and Joshua set them up at Gilgal.

21   Then he spoke to the Israelites: “In the future your children will ask you, ’What do these rocks mean?’

22   Tell them, ’Israel crossed the Jordan River on dry land.

23   The Lord your God caused the water to stop flowing until you finished crossing it, just as the Lord did to the Red Sea. He stopped the water until we crossed it.

24   The Lord did this so all people would know he has great power and so you would always respect the Lord your God.’ “

Joshua 3:13-16 NCV13 The priests will carry the Ark of the Lord, the Master of the whole world, into the Jordan ahead of you. When they step into the water, it will stop. The river will stop flowing and will stand up in a heap.“ 14 So the people left the place where they had camped, and they followed the priests who carried the Ark of the Agreement across the Jordan River15. During harvest the Jordan overflows its banks. When the priests carrying the Ark came to the edge of the river and stepped into the water, 16 the water upstream stopped flowing. It stood up in a heap a great distance away at Adam, a town near Zarethan. The water flowing down to the Sea of Arabah (the Dead Sea) was completely cut off. So the people crossed the river near Jericho.

2 Corinthians 5:7 NCV – We live by what we believe, not by what we can see.

Faith is stepping out into the unknown when you don’t even know what’s even in the unknown.

These are stones of:

  1. Remembrance

A spiritual Gilgal was a time in your life when you know God revealed His presence and power in your life.

Nothing God starts can be stopped.

Philippians 1:6 NCV – God began doing a good work in you, and I am sure he will continue it until it is finished when Jesus Christ comes again.

Ways to learn:

  1. History
  2. Experience

Exodus 12:26 NCV – When your children ask you, ’Why are we doing these things?’

Exodus 13:14 NCV – “From now on when your son asks you, ’What does this mean?’ you will answer, ’With his great power, the Lord brought us out from Egypt, the land where we were slaves.

Deuteronomy 6:1-12 NCV1 These are the commands, rules, and laws that the Lord your God told me to teach you to obey in the land you are crossing the Jordan River to take. 2 You, your children, and your grandchildren must respect the Lord your God as long as you live. Obey all his rules and commands I give you so that you will live a long time. 3 Listen, Israel, and carefully obey these laws. Then all will go well for you, and you will become a great nation in a fertile land, just as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has promised you. 4 Listen, people of Israel! The Lord our God is the only Lord. 5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. 6 Always remember these commands I give you today. 7 Teach them to your children, and talk about them when you sit at home and walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Write them down and tie them to your hands as a sign. Tie them on your forehead to remind you, 9 and write them on your doors and gates. 10 The Lord your God will bring you into the land he promised to your ancestors, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and he will give it to you. The land has large, growing cities you did not build, 11 houses full of good things you did not buy, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive trees you did not plant. You will eat as much as you want. 12 But be careful! Do not forget the Lord, who brought you out of the land of Egypt where you were slaves.

  1. Renewal

Deuteronomy 7:1-2 NCV1 The Lord your God will bring you into the land that you are entering and that you will have as your own. As you go in, he will force out these nations: the Hittites, Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites—seven nations that are stronger than you. 2 The Lord your God will hand these nations over to you, and when you defeat them, you must destroy them completely. Do not make a peace treaty with them or show them any mercy.

  1. Resurrection

Joshua 5:9 NCV – Then the Lord said to Joshua, “As slaves in Egypt you were ashamed, but today I have removed that shame.“ So Joshua named that place Gilgal, which it is still named today.

Mark 16:2-4 NCV2 Very early on that day, the first day of the week, soon after sunrise, the women were on their way to the tomb. 3 They said to each other, “Who will roll away for us the stone that covers the entrance of the tomb?“ 4 Then the women looked and saw that the stone had already been rolled away, even though it was very large.

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