Then Moses and the elders of Israel charged all the people as follows: ‘Keep the entire commandment that I am commanding you today. On the day that you cross over the Jordan into the land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall set up great stones and cover them with plaster. You shall write on them all the words of this law when you have crossed over.” (Deuteronomy 27:1-3)
After Moses’ death, God used Joshua to lead His people onward to conquer Jericho. God showed His miracle-working power by stopping the waters of the Jordan River so that they all passed over on dry ground!
Joshua 3:16 That the waters which came down from above stood and rose up upon an heap very far from the city Adam, that is beside Zaretan: and those that came down toward the sea of the plain, even the salt sea, failed, and were cut off: and the people passed over right against Jericho.
17 And the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firm on dry ground in the midst of Jordan, and all the Israelites passed over on dry ground, until all the people were passed clean over Jordan.
REMEMBER WHAT GOD HAS DONE FOR YOU! So a memorial and landmark was built to be a ‘sign’ to tell their children and their children’s children about God’s mighty deliverance and great love for His people!
Joshua 4 And it came to pass, when all the people were clean passed over Jordan, that theLord spake unto Joshua, saying,
2 Take you twelve men out of the people, out of every tribe a man,
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.
4 Then Joshua called the twelve men, whom he had prepared of the children of Israel, out of every tribe a man:
5 And Joshua said unto them, Pass over before the ark of the Lord your God into the midst of Jordan, and take you up every man of you a stone upon his shoulder, according unto the number of the tribes of the children of Israel:
6 That this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean ye by these stones?
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.
REMEMBER WHAT GOD HAS DONE FOR YOU!
Joshua 4:20 And those twelve stones, which they took out of Jordan, did Joshua pitch in Gilgal.
21 And he spake unto the children of Israel, saying, When your children shall ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean these stones?
22 Then ye shall let your children know, saying, Israel came over this Jordan on dry land.
23 For the Lord your God dried up the waters of Jordan from before you, until ye were passed over, as the Lord your God did to the Red sea, which he dried up from before us, until we were gone over:
24 That all the people of the earth might know the hand of the Lord, that it is mighty: that ye might fear the Lord your God for ever.
A LANDMARK TO REMEMBER
A LANDMARK IN MY LIFE- Kamalamalama O Keao Church
This Christian Hawaiian church was built in 1942, over 70 years ago, in Hau’ula on the northeast coast of O’ahu, Hawaii. I saw it recently when we went on a family picnic to the other side of the island. It is easily driven by and missed in Hau’ula, so you have to be looking for it. It is said to be in need of major repairs. As a young child I remember my dad driving us out in the country to this tiny church that seats 80 people. Back then we dressed our best to go to God’s house! My dad stood tall and straight as I heard him sing ‘Onward Christian Soldiers‘ and other hymns. The love of God was planted in my heart at a young age by godly parents. I will always remember this landmark in my life! Praise God!
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