Carrying the Ark of the Covenant, the priests arrive at the Jordan River at flood stage. The river has been at flood stage all through the time of harvest. Now, as the feet of the priests touch the edge of the water, the water flowing upstream stops running. The water piles up in a heap far upstream at a town called Adam. Downstream of the priests, the waters continue to flow to the Sea of the Arabah. In between, dry land forms. The priests carry the Ark of the Covenant into the middle of what is the dry Jordan River. They stand their ground while all of Israel crosses safely to the other side, to the plains of Jericho.
A man chosen from each of the twelve tribes of Israel takes a stone “up on his shoulder” from “before the Ark of the Lord” as the priests continue to stand and hold it in the middle of the dry riverbed. Each man brings a stone to Joshua who sets them up at Gilgal on the eastern border of Jericho as a sign for future generations.
When children ask, “What do these stones mean?”, tell them, “Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.”
After the nation of Israel crosses the dry riverbed, the priests carry the Ark up out of the Jordan River. Immediately, as soon as their feet leave the edge of riverbed, the waters begin to flow at flood stage.
Father God, thank You for remarkable events that show us Your great power. Thank You for providing ‘signs for future generations.’ May we worship You with all we are, with all we have. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
(Joshua 3:5-4:24, NIV)