Joshua 4: God commands the people to pick up 12 stones from the river that will be used to represent them crossing the river. These stones will be used to remind the next generations what happened. Everyone finishes crossing and they set up the stones.
It’s interesting how closely the stories in Joshua mirror the actions of Moses. The spies and crossing the Jordan river in these three chapters.
Introduction to Joshua: I don’t have a lot to say, but I do want to include a pretty interesting quote from the intro to historical books section of NRSV study bible:
I find each of the three chapters in Deuteronomy to be interesting. One part is the consistent reference to future failures among the people. That must’ve been hard to hear.
Not much else to say here.
I’m using multiple sources throughout this process: the NRSV study bible, the CEB study bible, and Bible Gateway (www.biblegateway.com). This allows me to read more while at work or elsewhere. As a member I can also read all of the study guides they have. This includes How to Read the Bible Book by Book by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart as well as the NIV Study Bible Notes. I want to share something interesting I read in the Fee and Stuart book below.
Deuteronomy 25: We learn about corporal punishment, how to handle oxen when they are working, improper touching by a woman when she is defending her husband in a fight (her hand is to be cut off is she grabs the other man’s genitals), and honest business practices.