What Mean These Stones by Johnny Hunt

What Mean These Stones
Johnny Hunt
Joshua 4

Introduction: Joshua, Chapter Four, tells the story of God's command to Joshua concerning Memorial Stones. There is nothing wrong with memorials, provided they don't become religious idols that turn our hearts from God, and provided they don't so links us to the past that we fail to serve God in the present. Glorifying the past is a good way to petrify the present and rob the church of power.

Vance Havner asked, "How many of us live looking back or ahead, between a holy past and a holier future, but in a hollow present!" Remember, Deut. 6:23, "God brought us out (Egypt) that He might bring us in (Canaan)."

Each of these stones called for major decisions their lives.. In Joshua 4:1, the Bible says, "the people had completely crossed over the Jordan…"

If you want to claim your spiritual inheritance in Jesus Christ, believe the Word of faith and get your feet wet (step into the water)! Step out in a walk of faith, and God will open the way for you. Surrender yourself to the Lord and die to the old life, and He will bring you into the land and give you "days of heaven upon the earth." (Deut. 11:21).

Deut 11:21, "that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land of which the LORD swore to your fathers to give them, like the days of the heavens above the earth."

A REMINDER: "Love and Obedience is Rewarded"

Memorial Stones were set up as a common practice in the Old Testament. They served as historical markers.

EXAMPLES:

Jacob did this with the stone that had been his pillow at Bethel. (Gen. 28:18-22). At Bethel, Jacob was confronted by El-Bethel. At the House of God, he wrestled with the God of the House of God. My deepest desire for worship at Woodstock is that as many come to the House of God they would encounter the God of the House.

Samuel set up the famous Ebenezer Stone (I Sam 7:12). It memorialized the Lord's help given against the Philistines. E ...


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