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Summary: 7 of 11. 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...

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MERE STONES/Reminders-VII—Joshua 4:1-24

Reminder, Recall, Memorial, Symbol, Post-it notes, String on finger

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.

What are some things that are significant about spiritual reminders?

The potential of spiritual reminders.

We’ve seen that Mere Stones/Reminders can transport us to a Position of...

1. UNIQUE ACCOMPLISHMENT(:1-3a, 5b)

2. BLESSING(:3)

3. IMMINENT DANGER(:4-5)

4. RESPONSIBILITY(:5)

5. INFLUENCE(:6)

6. REFLECTION(:7-9)

7. COMPLETION/End(:10-11)

8. OPPORTUNITY(:10b)

9—Mere Stones/Reminders can transport us To a Position of...

COMMITMENT(:12-13)

Explanation:(:12-13)Follow-thru/Sacrifice

:12—“And the men of Reuben & the men of Gad & the half-tribe of Manasseh crossed over armed before the children of Israel, as Moses had spoken to them.”

“Armed”—vmx khaw-moosh’—Adj.—1) In battle array, arrayed for battle by fives, armed. Strong—passive participle of the same as vmx-(from an unused root probably meaning, to be stout; the abdomen-as obese)-; Staunch, i.e. Able-bodied soldiers. Used 4X.

:13—“About 40,000, prepared for war crossed over before the LORD for battle, to the plains of Jericho.”

“40, 000” of their number(Reuben, Gad & the half-tribe of Manasseh) would NOT be in their tribe’s land to protect their own towns & wives, children & families.

They were maintained & protected by women, teenagers(under 20 yrs. old--cf.-Num. 1:2-3), & children living within fortified formerly Canaanite cities! They maintained this for some 7 yrs!

Background:

Num. 32:1-2, 5-6, 16-18—“Now the children of Reuben & the children of Gad had a very great multitude of livestock; & when they saw the land of Jazer & the land of Gilead, that indeed the region was a place for livestock, the children of Gad & the children of Reuben came & spoke to Moses, to Eleazar the priest, & to the leaders of the congregation, saying,”.....“Therefore they said, “If we have found favor in your sight, let this land be given to your servants as a possession. Do not take us over the Jordan.” And Moses said to the children of Gad & to the children of Reuben: “Shall your brethren go to war while you sit here?”.....“Then they came near to him & said: “We will build sheepfolds here for our livestock, & cities for our little ones, but we ourselves will be armed, ready to go before the children of Israel until we have brought them to their place; & our little ones will dwell in the fortified cities because of the inhabitants of the land. We will not return to our homes until every one of the children of Israel has received his inheritance.”

You too must follow-thru with your commitment/vow!

“Prepared”—Ulx khaw-lats’—Qal Participle Passive—1) To remove, draw out, draw off, take off, withdraw, equip(for war), arm for war, rescue, be rescued—1a) (Qal)--Equipped(participle),. Strong—a primitive root; To pull off; hence intensively--To strip, reflexively--To depart; by implication--To deliver, equip(for fight); present, strengthen.


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