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Joshua 4 - NIV

1 When the whole nation had finished crossing the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua,

2 “Choose twelve men from among the people, one from each tribe,

3 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.”

4 So Joshua called together the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe,

5 and said to them, “Go over before the ark of the Lord your God into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites,

6 to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’

7 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.”

8 So the Israelites did as Joshua commanded them. They took twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, as the Lord had told Joshua; and they carried them over with them to their camp, where they put them down.

9 Joshua set up the twelve stones that had been[a] in the middle of the Jordan at the spot where the priests who carried the ark of the covenant had stood. And they are there to this day.

10 Now the priests who carried the ark remained standing in the middle of the Jordan until everything the Lord had commanded Joshua was done by the people, just as Moses had directed Joshua. The people hurried over,

11 and as soon as all of them had crossed, the ark of the Lord and the priests came to the other side while the people watched.

12 The men of Reuben, Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh crossed over, ready for battle, in front of the Israelites, as Moses had directed them.

13 About forty thousand armed for battle crossed over before the Lord to the plains of Jericho for war.

14 That day the Lord exalted Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and they stood in awe of him all the days of his life, just as they had stood in awe of Moses.

15 Then the Lord said to Joshua,

16 “Command the priests carrying the ark of the covenant law to come up out of the Jordan.”

17 So Joshua commanded the priests, “Come up out of the Jordan.”

18 And the priests came up out of the river carrying the ark of the covenant of the Lord. No sooner had they set their feet on the dry ground than the waters of the Jordan returned to their place and ran at flood stage as before.

19 On the tenth day of the first month the people went up from the Jordan and camped at Gilgal on the eastern border of Jericho.

20 And Joshua set up at Gilgal the twelve stones they had taken out of the Jordan.

21 He said to the Israelites, “In the future when your descendants ask their parents, ‘What do these stones mean?’

22 tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’

23 For the Lord your God dried up the Jordan before you until you had crossed over. The Lord your God did to the Jordan what he had done to the Red Sea[b] when he dried it up before us until we had crossed over.

24 He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the Lord is powerful and so that you might always fear the Lord your God.”


Footnotes

a. Joshua 4:9 Or Joshua also set up twelve stones
b. Joshua 4:23 Or the Sea of Reeds


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Shared by: Byron Sherman on Feb, 2017
Summary: 6 of ? Joshua had twelve stones removed from the Jordan River as a memorial to the crossing. Memorials or Spiritual Reminders hold a great deal of significance to God’s people. But what is significant about them? Mere Stones can transport us to...
Scripture: Joshua 4:1-24
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MERE STONES/Reminders-5
Shared by: Byron Sherman on Jan, 2017
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MERE STONES/Reminders-4
Shared by: Byron Sherman on Nov, 2016
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Scripture: Joshua 4:1-24
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 25
Dr. Rich Denning avatar
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Shared by: Dr. Rich Denning on Nov, 2016
Summary: This sermon is about crossing the Jordan River of our lives. As the Old Testament promise was land the New Testament promise if the Holy Spirit. Included is a description of the "ites" and their symbolic significance as they relate to the believer today.
Scripture: Joshua 3:1-4:24
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Views: 199
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MERE STONES/Reminders-2
Shared by: Byron Sherman on Nov, 2016
Summary: 2 of ? Joshua had twelve stones removed from the Jordan River as a memorial to the crossing. Memorials or Spiritual Reminders hold a great deal of significance to God’s people. But what is significant about them? Mere Stones can transport us to...
Scripture: Joshua 4:1-24
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 101
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MERE STONES/Reminders-3
Shared by: Byron Sherman on Nov, 2016
Summary: 3 of ? Joshua had twelve stones removed from the Jordan River as a memorial to the crossing. Memorials or Spiritual Reminders hold a great deal of significance to God’s people. But what is significant about them? Mere Stones can transport us to...
Scripture: Joshua 4:1-24
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Views: 249
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MERE STONES/Reminders-1
Shared by: Byron Sherman on Sep, 2016
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Scripture: Joshua 4:1-24
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 104
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Shared by: Craig Condon on Jul, 2016
Summary: The hope of the future is based on the memories of the past, and this hope gives meaning to the present. That way of living will give us hope for the future that is based on the memories of the past and present.
Scripture: Joshua 3:14-4:7
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Views: 125
Anthony Zibolski avatar
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Shared by: Anthony Zibolski on Jun, 2016
Summary: Memorial day message as we remember those who have gone ahead of us.
Scripture: Joshua 4:1-5
Denomination: Nazarene
Views: 140
David Henderson avatar
"Drawing a Line in the Sand"
Shared by: David Henderson on May, 2016
Summary: It is time for God's people to declare that we are drawing a line in the sand. We will not choose to go back to Egypt. We will continue to advance to the Promised Land!
Scripture: Joshua 4:1-24
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 533
David Henderson avatar
"Drawing a line in the Sand"
Shared by: David Henderson on Apr, 2016
Summary: In this message we see Joshua lead the Israelites into the Promised Land, a journey they had waited 40 years to make. Why would we ever want to remain in slavery in Egypt? This message could especially helpful to those who are in recovery.
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Scripture: Joshua 4:1-24
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Shared by: Paul Clemente on Mar, 2016
Summary: When do we take action and when do we wait?
Series: Joshua
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Denomination: Evangelical Free
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Shared by: Paul Clemente on Mar, 2016
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Series: Joshua
Scripture: Joshua 4:19-24
Denomination: Evangelical Free
Views: 172
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Shared by: Paul Clemente on Feb, 2016
Summary: Christians are called to be signs of faith!
Series: Joshua
Scripture: Joshua 4:1-9
Denomination: Evangelical Free
Views: 347
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Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Feb, 2016
Summary: To show that GOD shows His mighty works among His people for people of the earth to fear Him, reverence Him and fear Him forever.
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Shared by: Arlyn Sunshine Drew on Oct, 2015
Summary: Joshua 4 & 5 describe the preparation of the Israelites into a re-covenanted nation with Rock (commenoration), Roll (circumcism at Gilgal) and Party (Passover ritual). Deep and practical application for the church living between first and second advent.
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Shared by: MELVIN MAUGHMER, JR. on Oct, 2015
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Scripture: Joshua 4:6-7
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Shared by: Manny Salva Cruz on Sep, 2015
Summary: This study is about the significance of God's command for Joshua to erect memorial stones taken from the River Jordan as a monument of God's faithfulness for generations to come. In the same manner, we must never forget the things He has done.
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Shared by: Billy Ricks on May, 2015
Summary: Why do we have the memorials of the Lord's Supper and Baptism? Because we have a tendency to forget.
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Scripture: Joshua 3:1-4:24
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Views: 1,004
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Shared by: Christian Cheong on Feb, 2015
Summary: Focus on doing God's will and leave the exalting to Him. Stay teachable regardless of how much you know. Our significance comes from God, not from this world.
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Denomination: Independent/Bible
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Shared by: Jerry Flury on May, 2014
Summary: Joshua erected 2 pillars from stones of Jordan's riverbed as a memorial of what God had done for Israel. As we look at Israel's memorial stones we too should be remember what He has done for us.
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Scripture: Joshua 4:1-9
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 32,376
Bob Phillips avatar
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Shared by: Bob Phillips on May, 2014
Summary: The changing of the well established guidelines laid out by the Bible can lead be a detour to disaster.
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Views: 522
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Shared by: John Hamby on Dec, 2013
Summary: We need reminders of what God has done in our lives.
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Views: 3,789
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Shared by: Anthony Zibolski on Jun, 2013
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Scripture: Joshua 4:1-7
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Views: 1,926
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Shared by: Rev Ken Shedenhelm on May, 2013
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Views: 817
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Shared by: Edward Hardee on May, 2013
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Series: Memorial Day
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Shared by: Rick Crandall on May, 2013
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Shared by: Frederick Meekins on Feb, 2013
Summary: Despising The Old Rugged Cross
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