So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day at Shechem, committing them to follow the decrees and regulations of the Lord. Joshua recorded these things in the Book of God’s Instructions. As a reminder of their agreement, he took a huge stone and rolled it beneath the terebinth tree beside the Tabernacle of the Lord. Joshua said to all the people, “This stone has heard everything the Lord said to us. It will be a witness to testify against you if you go back on your word to God.”
Joshua 24:25-27 NLT
The ESV Study Bible notes that there are seven of these stone "memorials" in the book of Joshua:
1. When they cross the Jordan and commit themselves to the Lord through circumcision (4:20)
2. Over the body Achan who sinned against the Lord - a reminder that obedience is better than sacrifice (7:26)
3. Over the King of Ai (the only king to ever defeat them) - A sober reminder about the disaster that a wrong turn can bring but also the wonder of a second chance. (8:28-29)
4. When Joshua reviews the Law (8:30-32)
5. Over the five Amorite Kings that they defeated when God made the sun stand still (10:27)
6. A covenant of loyalty with the tribes on the East of the Jordan (22:34)
7. And here with covenant renewal (24:26-27)
In the Bible, the number seven is important and often symbolizes completion. Perhaps, it is showing us the completion of God’s work in and through the life of Joshua.
I believe that God establishes memorials in our lives. Maybe we don’t pile up stones as a reminder, but they are high moments when God works in us and through us, moments that determine the person we become. Sometimes they are marked by difficult circumstances or great hurt. Other times they are great victories. Both mark us and shape us into who we are.
Perhaps, it might be good to list some of those moments in your life. And think about the people that God used to help you in those moments. Maybe a phone call, text, or email would be a nice way to remember those moments today.
Holy Spirit, help me to remember the work You have done in and through my life. Help me to celebrate Your work.
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