Israel was reminded of God's
faithfulness, providence, and love
every time they would
look at the stones
The 12 stones of remembrance are significant
not only for Israel
but also for us.
We have been adopted into God’s eternal family.
The Ark of the LORD,
which typologically points to Christ,
stood in the midst of the Jordan,
holding back the waters
and allowing the stones to be brought up
to the shore as a memorial and
And Joshua said unto them, Pass over before the ark of the Lord your God into the midst of Jordan, and take ye up every man of you
a stone upon his shoulder,
according unto the number of the tribes of the children of Israel.
“Joshua set up the twelve stones
that had been in the middle of the Jordan
at the spot where the priests who carried
the ark of the covenanthad stood.
And they are there to this day.”
Upon first glance
of this sentence of Scripture,
of the 12 stones is very interesting.
It is common to wonder what the 12 stones of remembrance are
and what are their significance. This article will uncover what
is the significance of the 12 stones of remembrance.
The Twelve Stones
The event of the 12 stones of remembrance
occurred after Israel crossed over the Jordan river
by God’s divine help
the Promised Land.
When Israel came into the Promised Land,
it would have been after Moses’ death.
Moses was not allowed to enter the Promised Land
because of his lack of faith and disobedience (Deuteronomy 32:51-52).
Moses was able to see the Promised Land; however,
he was not allowed to enter it (Deuteronomy 34:4-5).
Even though Moses was strong and healthy, he died on Mount Nebo.
God buried Moses,
but nobody ever knew where Moses’ actual burial was located.
After Moses had died,
Joshua Son of Nun became the leader of Israel.
When Joshua and the people of Israel entered the Promised Land,
God spoke to Joshua and said,
“Choose twelve men from among the people, one from each tribe,
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” (Joshua 4:2-3).
The 12 stones of remembrance are more than 12 stones. Rather, the 12 stones of remembrance are to be a memorial in remembrance of
God’s divine provision
of bringing Israel into the Promised Land.
Each stone was for each Tribe of Israel, such as one stone was for the Tribe of Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph, and Benjamin. The 12 stones of remembrance would forever be a lasting memorial that would remind Israel of God’s providence.
Not only did
God divinely help Israel
cross the Jordan River,
but He also parted the Red Sea and
saved them out of slavery in Egypt.
These 12 stones
were extremely important to Israel.
To other nations,
the 12 stones would have been seen as nothing or just rocks;
however, to Israel,
it was a physical reminder of
faithfulness, providence, and love.