Sometimes We Need a Clear, Convincing, Undeniable Visual Reminder

For times when it may feel like the Lord is against you, has forgotten you, or just doesn’t care.

Dr. McKay Caston

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Forty is a notable number in the Bible.

  • In Noah’s day, it rained 40 days and 40 nights.
  • Moses spent 40 days and nights on Mount Sinai receiving the Law.
  • The Israelite spies scouted the land of Canaan for 40 days.
  • Jesus, at the inauguration of his public ministry, fasted for 40 days in the wilderness.
  • In our text, Joshua 4:1–7, the Israelites have just completed 40 YEARS of wandering in the wilderness.

In 1446 B.C., the Lord raised up Moses to lead the Israelites out of slavery in Israel across the Red Sea.

By Joshua 4, it’s 1406 B.C.

Moses has died, and Joshua has been appointed to lead the next generation of Israelites into the Promised Land. To date, they’ve been a wandering people without a home. But they were on their way to being a settled people with a home.

And yet, to enter that land, they would have to cross the Jordan River.

Normally, the Jordan is about three to five feet deep. But in the spring, with rains and snow melt, the river swells to over ten feet deep and expands to a half mile wide.

It’s in this flood stage context that the LORD miraculously stopped the waters of the Jordan, allowing the Israelites to pass across the river into Canaan on dry ground — just like he had with Moses at the Red Sea.

What happens next takes place in Joshua 4:1–7.

1When all the nation had finished passing over the Jordan, the LORD said to Joshua, 2“Take twelve men from the people, from each tribe a man, 3and command them, saying, ‘Take twelve stones from here out of the midst of the Jordan, from the very place where the priests’ feet stood firmly, and bring them over with you and lay them down in the place where you lodge tonight.’” 4Then Joshua called the twelve men from the people of Israel, whom he had appointed, a man from each tribe. 5And Joshua said to them, “Pass on before the ark of the LORD your

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Dr. McKay Caston

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