When Joshua came to the Jordan River on his way to conquer Canaan, he faced a big problem. The river was at its annual flood stage and the banks were overflowing. However, nothing is impossible with God! He ordered Joshua to send the priests into the Jordan carrying the Ark of the Covenant. When they stepped on the edge of the river, they suddenly stood on dry ground. God miraculously stopped the flow of the Jordan eighteen miles above at the City of Adam.
After Israel crossed safely, God further instructed Joshua to have one man from each of the twelve tribes to go to the middle of the river, pick up a stone and carry it to their camp at Gilgal (their first camp in the Promised Land). These twelve stones were to be used as a memorial for future generations.
Joshua said, “When your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, ‘what are these stones?’ then you shall inform your children, saying, ‘Israel crossed this Jordan on dry ground.’ For the Lord your God dried up the waters of the Jordan before you until you had crossed, just as the Lord your God had done to the Red Sea, which He dried up before us until we had crossed; that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the Lord is mighty, so that you may fear the Lord your God forever.” (Joshua 4:21-24)
This account in Joshua is not just about the memorial stones in themselves. It is about passing on the treasure of a godly memory to the next generation. Our memory is one of the most valuable uses of the mind. How limited and void our lives would be without it. Memory tends to fade with time. It is therefore of utmost importance for God’s people today, to be reminded like in Joshua’s generation, to keep afresh the word of God, the greatness of God, and the memory of God’s works and wonders—and to pass it on!
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