What do these stones mean?
Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2011 11:32 am
The Messenger, May 26, 2011
By members of Obion County Ministerial Association
Imagine coming up to a pile of rocks like, perhaps, the Stonehenge boulders. You are automatically inquisitive. How did these stones get here? Who did this and what does it mean?
As we come upon the Memorial Day weekend, my thoughts have been drawn to such a story from the Old Testament. The Israelites had made their journey through the desert to the land of Canaan that Yahweh God had promised to give them. When they came to the edge of the Jordan River (which was at flood stage), God divided the water and allowed the Israelites to cross over. Joshua commanded 12 men each to take a large boulder from the bed of the Jordan and carry it to where they camped that night. Joshua then told the Israelites, “In the future when your descendants ask their fathers, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground …. 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.’” Joshua 4:19-24 NIV
When I look back on my life, I can see times when God moved and showed His great power in my life. Those times have become memorials that I can look back on and when my children ask, “What do these stone mean?” I can tell them, “God did this for me! God showed His great power in my life. And I can tell them: What God has ever done for anyone, He can do for me. And what God has ever done for me, He can do for you.”
The Rev. Tommy Hall
First Assembly of God
1810 Pleasant Valley Ave., Union City