We are fortunate that we have the Bible, it memorializes the amazing things that God has done and provides the context and promises we can cling to as his chosen people. But, as Joshua led the nation of Israel out of the Jordan River and on to the outskirts of Jericho, there was no Bible, no commentaries. Then they had the oral history of the life of man and the books written by Moses to assist in the transition to a free people.
That is why God directed the people to build monuments. The monuments did not necessarily tell the stories of the Journey, but the serve as reminders to reinforce what God had done. Such monuments stood by the Red Sea, by Where Jacob’s name was changed to Israel, By where God sent water out of the rock and various other places and significant points in Bible History. Such memorials (Memory-ials) were and are used so that people will never forget the significance of the place and what occurred there. As Israel learned, the hard way, when there is no emphasis placed on events, people soon forget. Look at Egypt-saved by God through the work of Joseph. Exodus 1 states—“Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. 9 And he said to his people, “Look, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we; 10 come, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply, and it happen, in the event of war, that they also join our enemies and fight against us, and so go up out of the land.” 11 Therefore they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with their burdens”
In our lives, we spend a great deal of time and money setting up memorials. Scrapbooks, albums, trophy cases, pennants and posts on various social media all are done so we will not forget the significant events in our lives. God calls us to also memorialize the significant moments he has caused-salvation, marriage, missions, trials, provisions and miracles we have seen. All this, as with Joshua and Israel, so we may never forget that he is God and personally invested in our lives. Whether by oral tradition or by cloud based memorial—I urge you to stack the stones of God’s work in your lives and the lives of your family—so that when time passes, you and your family will never forget what he has done in your life.
God Bless You
On the tenth day of the first month the people went up from the Jordan and camped at Gilgal on the eastern border of Jericho. 20 And Joshua set up at Gilgal the twelve stones they had taken out of the Jordan. 21 He said to the Israelites, “In the future when your descendants ask their parents, ‘What do these stones mean?’ 22 tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’ 23 For the Lord your God dried up the Jordan before you until you had crossed over. The Lord your God did to the Jordan what he had done to the Red Sea[b] when he dried it up before us until we had crossed over. 24 He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the Lord is powerful and so that you might always fear the Lord your God.”