After all the nation had passed over the Jordan, the Lord told Joshua to appoint 12 men – one from each tribe – to take twelve stones from the earth where the Jordan flows, in the same spot where the priests stood. the stones would be set up as a memorial where they camped at Gilgal. This memorial would serve as a reminder to their children and their heirs (verses 6-7) of the Lord and His power, and His faithfulness to His promise to them. But it would also serve as a reminder to the rest of the people, and a warning as well (verses 23-24) of the might of God.
The word of the river being held back for thousands and thousands of them to cross would soon make their presence feared. In verse thirteen, the troops passed over the “plains of Jericho” which is said to make it only about 5 miles east of Jericho.
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