A Thousand Generations

Today would have been my mom’s 58th birthday. There were many years I longed for an emotional connection with my mom.  For the past few years, there was sadness because of her death. Today, I am thankful to God for parting the waters and allowing there to be women who have walked in front of and beside me.  May I never forget to build pillars of appreciation to them and God.

Week three of Seamless invites us to study Moses, Joshua, and the Promised Land. While I have gone through the book of Joshua with a fine-toothed comb a few times, the Lord always allows something to stand out to me freshly, each time I read it. God never disappoints to bring something to the surface when we ask him to.

Joshua 4:1-7

4 When all the nation had finished passing over the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua, 2 “Take twelve men from the people, from each tribe a man, 3 and command them, saying, ‘Take twelve stones from here out of the midst of the Jordan, from the very place where the priests’ feet stood firmly, and bring them over with you and lay them down in the place where you lodge tonight.’” 4 Then Joshua called the twelve men from the people of Israel, whom he had appointed, a man from each tribe. 5 And Joshua said to them, “Pass on before the ark of the Lord your God into the midst of the Jordan, and take up each of you a stone upon his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the people of Israel, 6 that this may be a sign among you. When your children ask in time to come, ‘What do those stones mean to you?’ 7 then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it passed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. So these stones shall be to the people of Israel a memorial forever.”

What stood out to me…

Because of the faith of Moses, the previous generation had witnessed the Red Sea part; now, because of Joshua’s faith, the Jordan River had stopped flowing downstream so the Israelites could cross.

Millions of people came out of Egypt in the exodus and just two were coming into the Promised Land because of their faithfulness: Joshua and Caleb. They were the only two people to bear witness to the Lord’s hand of deliverance at the Red Sea and the Jordan River.

As Joshua asked a member from each tribe to set up a stone in the river, it wasn’t so they would remember how impressed they were at Joshua’s obedience.

He was giving them a physical representation of what the Lord had done for them so they would not forget what they had witnessed at the hand of God.

My great-grandpa’s Bible is on a shelf in our living room. Littered with his own notes and interpretations, I wonder how many times his hands rested on its pages as he and great-grandma prayed for my family. This one Book physically represents a lifetime of God’s faithfulness to a man and his family and deliverance in many tumultuous times. The restoration to our family through the Lord could not have happened by man, but by God alone.

In a world determined to convince us of our need for self-preservation, the Word of God reminds us to resolve to pass on the belief in the faithfulness of a good Father….for a thousand generations.

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