After the nation of Israel passes over the Jordan River, God commanded Joshua:
Josh 4:2 'Take you twelve men out of the people, out of every tribe a man, Josh 4:3 and command ye them, saying: Take you hence out of the midst of the Jordan, out of the place where the priests' feet stood, twelve stones made ready, and carry them over with you, and lay them down in the lodging-place, where ye shall lodge this night.'(JPS)
Joshua explained to the twelve men he instructed:
Josh 4:6 that this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask in time to come, saying: What mean ye by these stones? Josh 4:7 then ye shall say unto them: Because 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; and these stones shall be for a memorial unto the children of Israel for ever.'
After the twelve removed the stones where the priest stood, Joshua set up twelve stones in the Jordan where the priest stood:
Josh 4:9 Joshua also set up twelve stones in the midst of the Jordan, in the place where the feet of the priests that bore the ark of the covenant stood; and they are there unto this day.
Why did Joshua set up twelve stones when it appears no command from God was given? May these stones be the same ones spoken of by John the Baptist in Matt 3:9?