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A Sign for All Time (5 of 12)
The nation of Israel arrived safely on the other side of the Jordan River. The crossing was a great miracle of God and it sent a powerful message to the people of the land. The enemy was already frozen in fear and the people of Israel were prepared to take the land.
You would think that Joshua would immediately mobilize the army and begin to attack. After all, the people of Israel were united in following the Lord and the people of the land were paralyzed by fear. From a human point of view it was the perfect time to act; but God said wait.
Why? Because God's people must be prepared before they can be trusted with victory. It wasn't the expertise of the Jewish army nor the emotions of the pagan enemy that would give Israel the victory, but the presence and blessing of the Lord. (Wiersbe)
In Joshua 4, God instructs the people of Israel to construct a memorial that would serve as a sign for all time; a sign of God's promise, presence and provision. READ 4:4-9
*In the National Mall in Washington DC, there stands a monument today to honor the is'' president of the United States; it's known as the Lincoln Memorial. Across the reflecting pool at the west end of the National Mall in Washington DC is a tall white-colored monument completed in 1884 known as the Washington Monument. The mission still stands today in San Antonio, TX, that commemorates the great battle of the Texas Revolution in February and March of 1836; remember the Alamo. In August of 2006, an Israeli Architect at a firm called Handel Architects was commissioned to construct a memorial. It calls for a giant forest of trees with two square pools in the center,
each with a gaping hole where the Twin Towers stood. It's the World Trade Center Memorial to commemorate the attacks of September 11, 2001.*
You see, we erect memorials even today in recognition of someone or something important. In order to remind ...
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