Joshua 4:1-8 (ANIV)
1 When the whole nation had finished crossing the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua, 2 “Choose twelve men from among the people, one from each tribe, 3 and tell them to take up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan from right where the priests stood and to carry them over with you and put them down at the place where you stay tonight.”
4 So Joshua called together the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe, 5 and said to them, “Go over before the ark of the Lord your God into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, 6 to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ 7 tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel for ever.”
8 So the Israelites did as Joshua commanded them. They took twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, as the Lord had told Joshua; and they carried them over with them to their camp, where they put them down.
TIME OF DAY:
Early afternoon (as in the previous scene).
The sun is on the left, casting shadows to the right of objects & figures.
Four of the twelve men chosen to carry stones.
In the middle ground: eight Levites who are carrying the Ark of the Covenant.
This scene uses the same background as the previous one (Joshua 03 – Jordan crossing – Scene 05 – River crossing). Note that I have changed the clouds a little; I moved them along to the right, & added some more to the left, indicating the passage of time. A few minutes have elapsed since the last scene.
Notice also that the eight Levites who are carrying the Ark of the Covenant are still standing in the middle of the dry riverbed, although you can not see any of the other Hebrew people who have already passed by to the other side of the river.
The men picking up stones are four of the ones illustrated in Scene 02 – 12 men. Sine they were tasked with setting up stones as a memorial I expect they decided to pick large boulders! I took various photographs of myself picking up a weight, to help me to design the clothing folds & to get the light & shade right.
4:4-7 EDUCATION, Object Lessons (5.74D)
Even a mound of collected stones, used as an object lesson, can serve as a powerful aid to learning the lessons of faith. The stones, taken from the river bed of the Jordan and set up as a memorial of God’s mighty act of miraculous power, became a powerful teaching tool for future generations. In every age God’s people have tangible reminders of the Lord’s guidance and deliverance: a tattered and much-read Bible, a pocket-sized New Testament carried though war, a church building, a much-used place of prayer, a hospital where God’s healing mercy was experienced, etc. Such varied and meaningful memorials can provide thought-provoking and vivid lessons of God’s providential care to each new generation.