Two Memorials of Stone are built

The custom of placing flowers on the graves of the war began on May 5, 1866, in Waterloo, New York. Waterloo has been recognized by Congress as the official birthplace of Memorial Day. In 1868, General John A. Logan, then president of the Grand Army of the Republic, declared that … More


Memorial Day is a day of remembrance of lost loved ones. Memorial Day can be a day when we reflect upon any individual who has had an impact upon our lives, and with this in mind I want to reflect upon and remember how both the Lord and his Son, Jesus Christ, touched our lives. Let us never fail to remember God’s goodness to each of us, for when we fail to remember what God has done for us then we fall astray from the path of righteousness.

In chapter 4, verses 1-7, we see how God made it possible for each of the twelve tribes of Israel to cross the Jordan River. Gathering one stone per tribe from the bottom of the riverbed, making twelve stones in all (vv. 2-3), they took the stones to the bank of the river and laid them down. They did this in order to show anyone who later passed by that the stones had come from the bottom of the river (vv. 5-6).

Joshua told the Israelites that when people asked about these stones they were to share with them the story of how God had parted the flooding Jordan and allowed them to cross on dry land (vv. 6-8). These stones served as a living memorial of God’s glory to remind the Israelites of how God cared enough for a lone group of wandering people, that He came into this world and intervened on their behalf. One pile of stones was placed in the middle of the river (v. 9) and the other pile at Gilgal (vv. 19-20). Joshua’s reputation for handling his responsibilities brought him praise (vv. 10-14). The Bible tells us that it is very important to remember all of the marvelous things that God has done for us (Deut. 6:12).


The people in Joshua’s day were to focus on the Lord and remember who was guiding them. It is easy for me to become too busy doing my daily tasks and fail to remember that wonderful day when Jesus came into my heart. If I do, I can be sure that I will lose my passion and zeal for God and my life will become just “ho hum.” Doing right is more important than doing well!

Joshua 4:1-14 (English Standard Version)

When all the nation had finished passing over the Jordan, the LORD said to Joshua, "Take twelve men from the people, from each tribe a man, and command them, saying, 'Take twelve stones from here out of the midst of the Jordan, from the very place where the priests' feet stood firmly, and bring them over with you and lay them down in the place where you lodge tonight.'" Then Joshua called the twelve men from the people of Israel, whom he had appointed, a man from each tribe. And Joshua said to them, "Pass on before the ark of the LORD your God into the midst of the Jordan, and take up each of you a stone upon his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the people of Israel, that this may be a sign among you. When your children ask in time to come, 'What do those stones mean to you?' then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD. When it passed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. So these stones shall be to the people of Israel a memorial forever." And the people of Israel did just as Joshua commanded and took up twelve stones out of the midst of the Jordan, according to the number of the tribes of the people of Israel, just as the LORD told Joshua. And they carried them over with them to the place where they lodged and laid them down there. And Joshua set up twelve stones in the midst of the Jordan, in the place where the feet of the priests bearing the ark of the covenant had stood; and they are there to this day. For the priests bearing the ark stood in the midst of the Jordan until everything was finished that the LORD commanded Joshua to tell the people, according to all that Moses had commanded Joshua. The people passed over in haste. And when all the people had finished passing over, the ark of the LORD and the priests passed over before the people. The sons of Reuben and the sons of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh passed over armed before the people of Israel, as Moses had told them. About 40,000 ready for war passed over before the LORD for battle, to the plains of Jericho. On that day the LORD exalted Joshua in the sight of all Israel, and they stood in awe of him just as they had stood in awe of Moses, all the days of his life.

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