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The point was for the Israelites to remember: even though their ancestors are long dead, there are these twelve river stones- rather large- showing that the Jordan was crossed on dry ground. Since Israel had a tendency to forget miracles as soon as they turned around this makes sense.


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I need to address your last question Why did Joshua set up twelve stones when it appears no command ... To do what is pleasing to G'd, you do not need to wait for His command. There is no sin in placing a memorial even if G'd does not want or require it. G'd wants His future bride to be spontaneous and will be pleasing to Him out of their own ...



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