Bible Study Lesson --
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?
Follows God's Plan
"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 ground.
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.' -
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
Leader - The Follower
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
Our lesson today is a to ask
Are we too busy doing
everyday chores to focus on what God wants in our
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 the love and life-changing
of Jesus Christ,
please take a moment and see
John 3:16 now.
Read Today's Passage
American Standard Bible
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Verses about Joshua building a memorial with
12 stones are from New American Standard Bible
& New King James Version - Lessons from Life
Application Study Bible: NIV - Joshua 13-14