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What Do These Stones Mean? (5 of 15)
JOURNEY INTO FREEDOM
Joshua 4:4-8; 19-24
February 3, 2002
I want you to take you Bible and turn, please, to Joshua chapter 4, Joshua chapter 4. I want to speak today from this topic, "What Do These Stones Mean?" Notice in verse 4 of Joshua 4 "Then Joshua called together the twelve men he appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe, and said to them, 'Go over before the ark of the Lord your God into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites to serve as a sign among you. In the future when your children ask, "What do these stones mean?" tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed the Jordan the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.'" Then look in verse 19 "On the 10th day of the first month the people went up from the Jordan and camped at Gilgal on the eastern border of Jericho. And Joshua set up at Gilgal the twelve stones they had taken out of the Jordan. He said to the Israelites, 'In the future when your descendants ask their fathers what do these stones mean, tell them Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground. For the Lord your God dried up the Jordan before you until you had crossed over. The Lord your God did to the Jordan just what he had done to the Red Sea when he dried it up before us until we had crossed over. He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the Lord is powerful and so that you might always fear the Lord your God.'"
Joshua said, "God has commanded us to pick twelve men from Israel and when we cross the Jordan, to take a stone out of the midst of the Jordan river." And of course in order for them to do that God had to perform a miracle of drying the river bed of the Jordan up. And they were each of the twelve to take a ...
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