In this passage, the nation of Israel crossed the Jordan and twelves stones are collected from the river bed as a memorial for future generations.
Twelve men are appointed to take twelve stones for a memorial out of Jordan. (Jos 4:1-9)
God’s works are a witness to our children.
After the nation of Israel had crossed the Jordan, God directed Joshua to select twelve men, one from each of the tribes. These men were to pick twelves stones from where the priests were standing in the middle of the Jordan. The stones would be left where the nation camped on that night.
Joshua called up the twelve men that he had asked Israel to provide earlier and passed the instructions that he had received from God to them.
Joshua explained that the twelve stones were to become a monument. When future generations asked about this monument, the people would explain that it was to remind them of the time when the priest carried the ark of the covenant into the river Jordan and the waters of the Jordan were stopped.
The twelve men followed the instructions. Joshua also set up twelves stones in the middle of the Jordan at the point where the priests were standing. Those stones were still there at the time the book of Joshua was written.
In Psalms 103:2 we read, “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.” How easy is it for us to forget the good things that God has done for use? Not only do we need to take deliberate steps to remind ourselves of God’s goodness, we to collect these memories and share them with our children. God’s work in our lives is a powerful tool to win over our children to Jesus Christ.
How will you regularly remind yourself of God’s goodness to you?
The people and the priests carrying the ark pass over (Jos 10-18)
God’s works are to empower us to accomplish His purposes.
The priest that were carrying the ark remained in the middle of the river bed until all these activities were completed. Joshua also passed on a message to the people that he had received from God through Moses. The priest crossed over to join the rest of the nation after everything was done and all the people had crossed.
40,000 fighting men from the tribes of Reuben, Gad and half the tribe of Manasseh crossed the river with the rest of the nation. They were keeping the promise that they had made to Moses of fighting alongside the rest of Israel until all the tribes were settled.
On that day, God made Joshua great in the eyes of Israel so that they feared him in the same way that they fear Moses all the days of his life.
God ordered Joshua to tell the priests who were carrying the ark to walk out of the river bed. As soon as the feet of the priests had left the river bed, the waters of river Jordan resumed their normal flow.
In Mark 16:17-18 Jesus says, “And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.” Through the Holy Spirit, God has empowered us for ministry and if you don’t feel the Holy Spirit Jesus encourages us in Luke 11:13 where He says, “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
In what areas of your life would you like to be empowered and see the Holy Spirit working even more? Have you prayed about it?
The twelve stones are pitched in Gilgal (Jos 4:19-24)
Gods work in our lives are a witness to the world and to ourselves.
All this happened on the tenth day of the first month. After crossing the river, the nation of Israel camped at Gilgal which was located on the eastern border of Jericho.
Joshua set up the twelves stones at Gilgal. He reminded the people that they were to be a monument to remind future generations of how God dried up the Jordan river for Israel to cross in the same way that He had dried up the red sea.
The reason for these two miracles was so that all people on earth would know that God is mighty, firm and unwavering. They were also to teach the people of the nation of Israel to fear God all the days of their lives.
Do you share what God has done for you with others often? If no, would you like to? Pray for recollection and boldness and God will answer.