Joshua Chapter Four part 2, A study of Joshua 4:8 & 9 and Joshua 4:10 & 11 featuring our Common Man's Commentary

Joshua 4:8 & 9

"So the Israelites did as Joshua commanded them. They took twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, as the Lord had told Joshua; and they carried them over with them to their camp, where they put them down. Joshua set up the twelve stones that had been in the middle of the Jordan at the spot where the priests who carried the ark of the covenant had stood. And they are there to this day." NIV translation

The people did as Joshua had told them and the stones were laid as a memorial at their camp (Gilgal). That makes us ask the question: Where is Gilgal today? The short answer is that nobody knows as Gilgal refers to places that Israel camped. We can be sure that the stones are still there but we just don't know where that camp was located other than the fact that it was east of Jericho.

The stones themselves were not important as they were only a tool that God used to help His people remember what He had done for them. They were a reminder of the fact that God had made a way for them through His power and not by anything they did.

These people were going to face many challenges especially in dealing with the false gods of the people of Canaan. The only way for them to overcome those challenges was to remember that there is only one God and He takes care of His people. The same thing is true for us today as there are so many distractions that we can easily lose sight of the fact that God is in control and He is able.

When you are faced with a struggle, stop and go back to your Gilgal. This is the point in your life where you accepted Jesus Christ and received the gift of the Holy Spirit. Remember what He has done and you will have the strength and courage to face whatever is ahead.

Joshua 4:10 & 11

"Now the priests who carried the ark remained standing in the middle of the Jordan until everything the Lord had commanded Joshua was done by the people, just as Moses had directed Joshua. The people hurried over, and as soon as all of them had crossed, the ark of the Lord and the priests came to the other side while the people watched." NIV translation

We see that the priests and the ark of the Lord stayed in the middle of the Jordan holding back the flood waters until all the people had crossed. This standing in the gap was a picture of what Jesus did on the cross as well as what we are called to do as Christians. Today, we stand in the gap between God's righteous judgment and a world that does not know Him. Only God knows when the last of His children will accept Jesus and judgment will begin. We must remember the importance of sharing our testimony so that others can get to their own "Gilgal".