God ordered the people of Israel to bring 12 stones out of the Jordan River & set them as “standing stones.” These would serve as a reminder of God’s mighty acts bringing the Israelites into the promised land as well as their need to always fear God who is holy.
My wife has just read a book titled “Grace” which I’ve started, it provides much more elaboration on these standing stones & their importance. I think the author suggests when we go through great trials, struggles & valleys in our lives, we too should erect standing stones to serve as reminders of how God saw us through these times. These are reminders for ourselves and for our children.
Joshua 4:21-24 NLT
“Then Joshua said to the Israelites, â€œIn the future your children will ask, â€˜What do these stones mean?â€™ Then you can tell them, â€˜This is where the Israelites crossed the Jordan on dry ground.â€™ For the Lord your God dried up the river right before your eyes, and he kept it dry until you were all across, just as he did at the Red Sea when he dried it up until we had all crossed over. He did this so all the nations of the earth might know that the Lordâ€™s hand is powerful, and so you might fear the Lord your God forever.â€”
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