Joshua Chapter Four, Remember The Source...

In our study of Joshua chapter four, we will look at the importance of remembering what God has done in the past. We will look at another example of God telling His people to mark either a day or a location to help them to remember His work on their behalf.

Joshua 4:1 - 3

"When the whole nation had finished crossing the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua, 'Choose twelve men from among the people, one from each tribe, and tell them to take up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, from right where the priests are standing, and carry them over with you and put them down at the place where you stay tonight.'" NIV translation

After the people had crossed, God had the leaders take stones from the dry riverbed and carry them to their camp for the night. We see that each tribe was supposed to be represented so that they would all have a witness to share with the generations to come. We are reminded that, throughout the Bible, the number twelve is associated with divine power. These memorial stones would remind the people that it was the power of God that stopped the waters.

Joshua 4:4 - 7

"So Joshua called together the twelve men he had 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 you, "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.'" NIV translation

In chapter 3, we looked at walking in the power of God. Here we see the fact that God wants us to remember that He is the source of all power. The danger for us, as mere men, is that we can get so caught up in the power that we have that it can go to our heads. This can open the door to pride which separates us from God just as it did with Satan.

We also see that we have to tell others that it is God at work and not ourselves. This is especially true for our children and grandchildren as we see that these stones were to be a reminder for the children of those who crossed the Jordan. This testimony is how we overcome the schemes of the devil as we see in Revelation 12. There is power in remembering and sharing what God has done and that is why the devil tries to keep us quiet.