Joshua 4:7 “Then ye shall answer them, That the waters of Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it passed over Jordan, the waters of Jordan were cut off and these stones shall be for a memorial unto the children of Israel for ever.”

When the children of Israel finally crossed over to the other side, God gave Joshua another instruction which we can easily overlook. It’s easy to read about how they crossed over and then continue reading about their other exploits in the new land without considering this fact.

God knew this and so gave Joshua as well as we the modern day Israelites this all important instruction and I will not want us to brush it aside. Hear this:

Joshua 4:3 “And command ye them, saying Take you hence out of the midst of Jordan, out of the place where the priests’ feet stood firm twelve stones, and ye shall carry them over with you, and leave them in the lodging place, where ye shall lodge this night.”

The Lord gave them this instruction of picking up stones and called it a “…MEMORIAL unto the children of Israel for ever”.

What is a memorial?

A memorial is defined as a commemorative object or event. It is something that is intended to remind people of somebody who has died or a past event. It is done to always keep in memory a very important person or event.

In many nations of the world, a very popular memorial is the Armed Forces Remembrance Day. This is a day set aside to remember the fallen heroes and gallant soldiers who fought for the freedom of that nation or who are still on the warfront.

Many nations celebrate their independence day and other very important days as memorials. They even go as far as making those days Public Holidays.

Here is the gist, God wanted the Israelites to keep this miracle in memory forever and the reason is simple; He want them to always know and remember that if He can part the waters of Jordan for them, He can always repeat the miracle!

To be continued…

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