Suggested Reading: Joshua 3-4
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Key Verse: Joshua 4:24
…that all the peoples of the earth may know the hand of the Lord, that it is mighty, that you may fear the Lord your God forever.
God has often intervened in human history to use so-called “acts of God” to accomplish His purposes. In the case of the Jordan River being dammed up at Adam (Adam Bridge today), God may have used an earthquake. The miracle could’ve been the timing or God may have initiated the quake. In 1927 there was a quake in this very area. A 150-foot rise on the West Bank was dislodged, completely blocking the flow of the Jordan for 21 hours.
The twelve stones provided a powerful visual communication of God’s plan for Israel, teaching generations to follow. The leadership of Joshua, born a slave in Egypt, was not questioned from this time forward. Moses, raised in Pharaoh’s palace, saw the potential of Joshua and mentored him well. The written Word and the verbal telling of God’s stories, along with the pile of stones, succeeded in keeping the people faithful for at least one generation. Let us remember that we must creatively renew our means of communicating God’s message in every generation.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, please enable me to communicate well to those for whom I am directly responsible. May I be faithful to point as many people as possible to You by the power of the Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
As a boy, I would often look at the photo album from my parents’ honeymoon in 1924 in what was then known as Palestine. They were in old-fashioned bathing suits swimming in the Jordan at approximately the place where the Children of Israel crossed over. I’ve visited that place several times. There are stones scattered here and there, but no pile of 12 stones that I could find. I know I can’t depend on a former generation to communicate to my contemporaries. As a great-grandfather of 7, a grandfather of 16, and a father of 4, I must do everything I can do to remind those whose lives I can influence of the faithfulness of God in the past and the present. The future is predicted in God’s Word. Be sure to get the current offer by the Crossroads Ministry of the book, Iran and Israel, dealing with Bible prophecy. Here’s how to order your copy (click here). That picture of Mom and Dad in the Jordan went through a fire in a storage unit. I’ll look for it, and if I find it, I’ll share it here. David Reynold, my son and our photographer, spent hours separating pictures that were stuck together by the heat of the fire and the water damage. He is in the middle east for the next two weeks doing photography. When he returns we’ll dig for the 1924 pictures.
Yours for communicating as well as possible,
P.S. Below is a fragment of the Dead Sea Scrolls from the book of Joshua. For more about the Dead Sea Scrolls, click here.