February 07, 2008

Breadcrumb: One more time with gusto

In Josh. 3-4, the Israelites again cross a river and walk on dry land. Just as with the Red Sea back in Exodus, God causes the waters of the flooding Jordan River to part so that the Israelites can cross in safety (and dryness). This time, just as an added reminder, Joshua has twelve men each take a stone from the middle of the river and place them at Gilgal, where they camped. That way, when the children of Israel, at some point in the future, ask what the stones are about, the Israelites would have an excuse to recite the story. Sure, the Jordan crossing might not get its own holiday, but at least it deserves a retelling on occasion.

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