Today, we see a man taken of each of the 12 tribes of Israel to carry a stone each from the Jordan river as a memorial. In these times, memorials are very important things and they help in the passing on of information from one generation to another. They also play an important role in letting us know that these are not fables, they really occurred. Some people in the West will try all they could to disprove the bible or claim that the writings are just myths and stories.
However with such commands as the Lord gave Israel through Joshua, we could see how important preserving history and truth is to God. When the Children ask their fathers in time to come that what are the meaning of these stones, they are to answer that, the waters of Jordan were cut off before the ark of the Lord when it passed over Jordan. this is a memorial forever!
Joshua also set 12 stones in the midst of Jordan where the priests stood and as we read, the stones were still there when the narrator was writing the book of Joshua – which was believed to have been written around 15th century BC. This is indeed a very strong evidence to point to many years later. As soon as the priests came ou of Jordan at Joshua’s command, the waters flowed over all the banks as they did before.With this miracle, God magnified Joshua in the sight of all Israel as he did Moses.
The stones were set in Gilgal and Joshua reminded all of their importance – we came over Jordan on dry land, not through boats of ship, neither did we swim- God did it just as he did when he parted the Red sea also. He indeed is the same God yesterday, today and forevermore! Amen!.
Some verses to remember
Vs 24 – That all the people of the earth might know the hand of the Lord, that it is mighty: that ye might fear the Lord your God for ever.