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March 7 - Evening

“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.’ ” - Joshua 4:1-3

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Setting Up a Memorial Monument    

The Lord wanted twelve stones from the bottom of the Jordan at the exact location the priests had stood while holding the Ark of the Covenant as the Lord held back the waters of the Jordan. These twelve stones were to be a memorial on the banks of the Jordan of what the Lord had done when his Ark led Israel into the Promised Land in fulfillment of his promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

The size of the stones taken from the bottom of a river would be a testimony in itself since these stones were carried out on the shoulders of the twelve men selected from each of the tribes of Israel. These large stones were a miracle in themselves because no man could swim from the bottom of the Jordan to the shore with one of these stones on his shoulder.

The stones were to serve as a ‘ot,  which means “sign,” “ “miracle,” and “omen.” It is as if the Lord was trying to document this miraculous entry into Canaan with some form of proof or evidence that could be used for future generations as Joshua 4:6-7 says. These stones set up in Israel’s first camp on the west side of the Jordan are:

“…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.”

Literally in the Hebrew the question above from Joshua 4:6 is a very personal question that is asked by the children of a future generation, “What are these stones to you?” The Israelites will have a personal testimony to hand down from generation to generation as each generation receives a personal answer and testimony from their parents beginning with this wilderness generation that entered the Promise Land.

Joshua set these twelve stones up in a memorial fashion in Israel’s first camp on the west bank. This camp was at Gilgal which would have become a memorial park for families to visit and share their faith with future generations.

Almost within a generation (according to Judges 3:19, 3:26) there were “idols” set up at Gilgal. This reference to “idols” at the memorial site of these twelve stones may have been a great offense to Ehud, one of Israel’s early judges, and may have been his motivation to turn back to kill Eglon, king of Moab, who was oppressing Israel (Judges 3:12-30).

  Christian Quote from Church History
"“God is active in the world at all times – but God acts through People.”
– Gerhard Lohfink
Something to Ponder??
Old Testament words for sin:
1. Chata – means to miss the mark. If you shot an arrow poorly you not only missed
the target, you hit something you were not suppose to hit.
2. Ra – means breaking up or ruin. It indicates something both morally wrong and
damaging, and is often translated as "wicked".
3. Pasha – means to rebel, and is translated as transgression
4. Awon – means iniquity
and guilt
5. Shagag – means to err or go astray as a lost animal
or a child in a store. The
one who went astray was ignorant but still responsible. Ignorance is no excuse.
6. Asham – means guilt before God and is associated with the tabernacle
7. Rasha – means wicked, the opposite of righteous
8. Taah – means to deliberately, not accidentally, wander away
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Apaugasma (Gr) – Radiance (Eng) – apaugasma is a Greek word that is translated “radiance” in Hebrews 1:3 in the NIV, ESV, NAS and “brightness” in the KJ. The Orthodox Jewish Bible translate apaugasma as “Shechinah zohar.” Agaugasma is a compound word from apo, “from,” and auge, “brightness,” that is used to identify light shining from a radiant object.


This is a portion of a brief list of a few of the significant finds that confirm or agree with the documentation of the New Testament:
 - Ashlar stone blocks – hundreds of the Herodian building stones from his Temple project exist
- Soreg Inscription – the barrier inscription mentioned in Acts 21:27-31 has been found.
- Bema Seat in Corinth – Paul stood trial here, Acts 18:12-17
- Pontius Pilate Inscription – Mentions Pilate the Roman Prefect in Judea
- Arch of Titus – Images of the Temple destruction in 70 AD
- Crucified Man’s Heel Bone – Physical evidence of crucifixion in NT times
- Caiaphas Ossuary – the High Priest presiding over Jesus’ trial with inscription

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Do remember and recall times in my life where God delivered me or opened a door of opportunity?
I will recall, record and remember the times God intervened in my life, so I will never forget.
  "Now then, my sons,
listen to me;

    pay attention to what I say.
Do not let your heart turn to her ways
    or stray into her paths.
Many are the victims she
has brought down;

    her slain are a
mighty throng."
- Proverbs 7:24-26
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