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What Mean These Stones?

In the Holy Scriptures we find the passage from the book of Joshua 4. (Yahoshua 4 from the Hebraic Roots Bible). Our statues, monuments, other physical markers serve as reminders by which we remember and teach future generations of mistakes or better, yet, Yah’s glorious mercies in our lives.

Chapter 4
1 And it was, when all the nation had
completely crossed over the Jordan,
YAHWEH spoke to Yahoshua, saying,
2 Take twelve men for you out of the
people, one man of each tribe.
3 And charge them, saying, Take
twelve stones from this place, from the
middle of the Jordan, from the place
where the feet of the priests were
fixed. And you shall carry them over
with you and lay them down in the
lodging place which you stay in it
tonight.
4 And Yahoshua called to the twelve
men whom he had readied from the
sons of Israel, one man out of each
tribe.
5 And Yahoshua said to them, Cross
over before the ark of YAHWEH your
Elohim to the middle of the Jordan,
and each man of you lift up one stone
on his shoulder, according to the

number of the tribes of the sons of
Israel,
6 that this shall be a sign among you,
when your children ask hereafter,
saying, What are these stones to you?
7 You shall say to them, Because the
waters of the Jordan were cut off
before the ark of the covenant of
YAHWEH, as it crossed over into the
Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were
cut off. And these stones are for a
memorial to the sons of Israel all the
days.
8 And the sons of Israel did as
Yahoshua commanded, and took up
twelve stones out of the middle of the
Jordan, as YAHWEH had spoken to
Yahoshua, according to the number of
the tribes of the sons of Israel, and
crossed over with them to the lodging
place, and laid them down there;
9 even the twelve stones that
Yahoshua lifted up in the middle of the
Jordan, in the place where the feet of
the priests bearing the ark of the
covenant stood firm. And they are
there until this day.
10 And the priests bearing the ark
were standing in the middle of the
Jordan until everything was finished
that YAHWEH had commanded
Yahoshua to speak to the people,
according to all that Moses
commanded Yahoshua. And the
people hurried and crossed over.
11 And it happened, when the people
had finished crossing over, the ark of
YAHWEH and the priests crossed
over before the people.
12 And the sons of Reuben, and the
sons of Gad, and the half tribe of
Manasseh crossed over in battle array
before the sons of Israel, as Moses had
spoken to them;
13 about forty thousand armed men
of the army crossed over before
YAHWEH for battle, to the plains of
Jericho.

14 In that day YAHWEH made
Yahoshua great in the sight of all
Israel. And they feared him all the
days of his life, even as they feared
Moses1
.
15 And YAHWEH spoke to
Yahoshua, saying,
16 Order the priests who carry the
ark of the testimony, that they rise out
of the Jordan.
17 And Yahoshua commanded the
priests, saying, Rise out of the Jordan.
18 And it happened when the priests
who bore the ark of the covenant of
YAHWEH had come up out of the
midst of the Jordan, and the soles of
the feet of the priests had been lifted
to the dry land, the waters of the
Jordan returned to their place, and
flowed over all its banks, as before.
19 And the people came up out of the
Jordan on the tenth of the first month,
and camped in Gilgal, in the east
border of Jericho.
20 And the twelve stones which they
took out of the Jordan were raised up
in Gilgal by Yahoshua.
21 And he spoke to the sons of Israel,
saying, When your sons ask their
fathers hereafter, saying, What do
these stones mean?
22 Then you shall make your sons
know, saying, Israel came over this
Jordan on dry land,
23 because YAHWEH your Elohim
dried up the waters of the Jordan
before you, until you crossed over, as
YAHWEH your Elohim did to the Red
Sea, which He dried up before you
until we crossed over;
24 so that all the people of the land
shall know that the hand of YAHWEH
is strong, so that you may fear
YAHWEH your Elohim all the days.