What do these stones mean to you?
In Joshua chapter 3 we read where God parted the Jordan to allow the Israelites to cross. Chapter 4 starts as the Israelite have finished crossing the Jordan. God then gives Joshua these instructions.
“Choose 12 men from the people, one man for each tribe, and command them: Take 12 stones from this place in the middle of the Jordan where the priests are standing, carry them with you, and set them down at the place where you spend the night.”
Joshua selected a man from each of the 12 tribes of Israel and told them this:
“Go across to the ark of the Lord your God in the middle of the Jordan. Each of you lift a stone onto your shoulder, one for each of the Israelite tribes, so that this will be a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’ you should tell them, ‘The waters of the Jordan were cut off in front of the ark of the Lord’s covenant. When it crossed the Jordan, the Jordan’s waters were cut off.’ Therefore these stones will always be a memorial for the Israelites.”
These stones were to serve as a reminder for future generations of what God had done for His people on that day. In the book of Judges, the very next book in the Bible we read of how Joshua’s generation died. “After them another generation rose up who did not know the Lord or the works He had done for Israel.” (Judges 2:10b)
From one generation to the next the people forgot all that God had done.
This had me thinking what am I doing to ensure that the next generation remembers what God has done for us? What am I doing in my family? What am I doing in the church? Reading through the book of Judges we can see how easy it is to forget all that God has done for us.
What are you doing in YOUR family to ensure that the next generation remembers what God has done?
What are you doing in YOUR church to ensure that the next generation remembers what God has done?