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A Stone as a Witness

Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit for us to be witnesses, in Jerusalem, in Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth (see Acts 1:8). That is perfectly clear, but can a stone be a witness? Let’s see:

Joshua gathered the people for his farewell. He reminded them of the wonders God had done during the long pilgrimage from Egypt. Most of them did not know how the first stage of the journey; they were the new generation born in the desert.

After reminding the people of the things that God had done, Joshua recorded them in the book of the Law of God. Then he did something very interesting; he lifted a huge stone and placed it under a tree that was next to the sanctuary of the Lord. “This stone will be a witness against us. It has heard all the words the Lord has said to us” (Joshua 24:27).

A stone as a witness? A witness of what they had promised.

  • Only the Lord will we serve.
  • Only the Lord will we obey.

Let their proclamation resound like an echo: “We will serve the Lord our God and obey him!”

Here are some biblical references about using a stone for something special:

  • Jacob used a stone as a “pillow” and then he set it up as a pillar, proclaiming that it would be God’s house (Genesis 28:10-22).
  • Jacob and Laban. Jacob took a stone and set it up as a pillar when he and his uncle made a covenant (Genesis 31:45-53).
  • God gave Moses commandments on tablets of stone (Exodus 24:12).
  • Joshua wrote on stones all the words of the Law (Deuteronomy 27:1-7; Joshua 8:30-32).
  • Joshua set up a stone as a witness (Joshua 24:21-27).
  • Samuel named a stone Ebenezer: “Thus far has the Lord helped us” (1 Samuel 7:12).
  • Elijah took twelve stones and built an altar to the Lord (1 Kings 18:30-32).

Jesus is the cornerstone: the stone that the builders rejected has become the capstone (Psalm 118:22; Mark 12:10; Ephesians 2:18-22; Romans 9:30-33; 1 Peter 2:1-6).

I encourage you to trust in the Lord, whatever happens in your life. Joshua was Moses’ servant and then was put in charge. His difficult mission was the conquest of Canaan. At the end of his days, when he said his farewell to the people, he proclaimed what I hope each one of us can say a heartfelt amen to:

“As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
Joshua 24:15

This concludes the story of the long journey of the people of Israel to the Promised Land. I hope you have enjoyed it.

God bless each parent and teacher. Hugs and greetings to the children. I love you all!

Welcome to read the story of Joshua’s farewell, #8 in The Promised Land.

 

The Ten Commandments

Greetings!

I hope you are doing fine and are enjoying Summer (or Winter, depending on where you live). Where I live it’s been very hot and more heat is on the horizon.

I take advantage of early mornings to sit outside and enjoy God’s creation. The birds sing for me as I read my Bible. One morning God sent me a special visitor. A friend of mine said it was good that it was only one… could have been an invasion! This was a cute little one, not what probably invaded Egypt in the times of Moses. See Exodus 8:1-15.

Moses and millions of Israelites left Egypt (and all the frogs) behind. That’s what our stories have been about. When the big multitude came to Sinai, the mount of God, also called Horeb, the Lord gave Moses laws for the people. They had no laws of their own, because of having lived under Pharaoh in Egypt, obeying his laws. Now that they were a free people they needed laws.

Read about it in Exodus 19.

It was something spectacular when God spoke. There was thunder and lightning, with a thick cloud over the mountain. The mountain was covered with smoke, because the Lord descended in fire. The people trembled at a loud trumpet blast, that grew louder and louder. What an awesome experience it must have been!

God made a summary of the laws and wrote them on stone tablets, with his finger. We know them as the Ten Commandments, Exodus 20:1-17 and Deuteronomy 5:1-22.

A fun activity, also a teaching tool.
(Modeling is my granddaughter Lana.)

My assistant Cristina and I have prepared several helps to teach the Ten Commandments. Find them HERE.

Welcome to read today’s story. The Great Escape # 11: Commandments Written in Stone

I wish you blessings. Next time, probably within two weeks, we’ll have the story about the 12 spies sent to explore Canaan.