Bible Study Lesson -- Joshua
crossed the Jordan,
what was the next logical step? Were they to attack
and take over the land
promised to them by God?
Not yet. There was another
task God had for them to do first involving 12
stones at the spot of the crossing.
Why would Joshua
use up valuable time stacking up rocks?
"He said to the sons of
Israel, 'When your children ask their fathers in
time to come, saying, What are these
stones? then you shall inform your children,
saying, Israel crossed this Jordan on dry
For the Lord your God dried
up the waters of the Jordan before you until you
had crossed, just as the Lord your God had done to
the Red Sea, which He dried up before us until we
had crossed; that all the peoples of the earth may
know that the hand of the Lord is mighty, so that
you may fear the Lord your God forever.' -
The 12 Stones
Why twelve stones? Why not
assemble the troops and take over the promised land
We don't know all the reasons
God works the way He does - but we do know that
following His plan will work; following ours may or
Joshua the Leader - The
Joshua knew that he was going
to follow God's will to lead the people, no matter
what the task.
Having his men gather 12
stones and place them on the bank of the Jordan
might seem like a waste of time to us but God
wanted the people to keep focused on who was really
in charge of their lives.
Our lesson today is a to ask
a question. Are we too busy doing everyday chores
to focus on what God wants in our lives?
Plan of Action
A good plan is to take some
time to reflect on God - to set aside the busy
schedule for a few moments and discover God's plan
Let's take our "stone" and
build a memorial to God today.
Love in Christ
If you would like to know more
about how to receive the love and life-changing
of Jesus Christ,
please take a moment and see
John 3:16 now.
Becomes Leader of the Nation
Believes God & Hides the Spies
Crosses the Jordan
Makes His Choice
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