06
Sep
15

MONUMENTAL

MONUMENTAL

2 “Take for yourselves twelve men from the people, one man from each tribe, 

3 and command them, saying, ‘Take up for yourselves twelve stones from here out of the middle of the Jordan, from the place where the priests’ feet are standing firm, and carry them over with you and lay them down in the lodging place where you will lodge tonight.'” 

9 Then Joshua set up twelve stones in the middle of the Jordan at the place where the feet of the priests who carried the ark of the covenant were standing, and they are there to this day.

Joshua 4:2-3, 9
Monuments are a very important part of just about any culture. The Egyptians had the pyramids, the Chinese have the Great Wall, and in England there is Stonehenge. Even in America, we have “The Wall,” Mt. Rushmore, and the World War II Valor in the Pacific Monument, to name a few. Monuments are memorials that help us remember great feats and events in history.
In this Scripture, the children of Israel had mourned the death of Moses, Joshua had been anointed the leader of Israel, Jericho had been canvassed, and the Jordan River had been miraculously crossed. Now God commands them to take 12 stones out of the Jordan and build a monument, and put 12 stones in the Jordan as a monument.
In Luke 22:19-20, Jesus commanded His disciples to eat the bread and drink the cup as a memorial to His body being broken and His blood being shed for our sins. This is a tremendous feat of heroic proportions that will never be matched. On the cross, “He who knew no sin, became sin…” Jesus shed his blood so that He could take away the power of the curse of sin, just as the Israelites took stones out of the river. 
Another remarkable parallel is them putting stones back in the river. Not only did Jesus take away the shackles that bound mankind, but after we are forgiven, we are told about God, “You will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea” (Micah 7:19). God throws our sins into the sea to be remembered no more! In like manner, He casts our sin as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12).
In like manner, since God has forgotten our sin, it is time for us to forgive ourselves and look forward to what God has for us: “Forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before…” (Philippians 4:13).

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