Joshua 4* Stones taken out of Jordan. (1-9) The people pass throughJordan. (10-19) The twelve stones placed in Gilgal. (20-24)1-9 The works of the Lord are so worthy of rememberance, andthe heart of man is so prone to forget them, that variousmethods are needful to refresh our memories, for the glory ofGod, our advantage, and that of our children. God gave ordersfor preparing this memorial. 10-19 The priests with the ark did not stir till ordered tomove. Let none be weary of waiting, while they have the tokensof God's presence with them, even the ark of the covenant,though it be in the depths of adversity. Notice is taken of thehonour put upon Joshua. Those are feared in the best manner, andto the best purpose, who make it appear that God is with them,and that they set him before them. 20-24 It is the duty of parents to tell their children betimesof the words and works of God, that they may be trained up inthe way they should go. In all the instruction parents givetheir children, they should teach them to fear God. Seriousgodliness is the best learning. Are we not called, as much asthe Israelites, to praise the loving-kindness of our God? Shallwe not raise a pillar to our God, who has brought us throughdangers and distresses in so wonderful a way? For hitherto theLord hath helped us, as much as he did his saints of old. Howgreat the stupidity and ingratitude of men, who perceive not Hishand, and will not acknowledge his goodness, in their frequentdeliverances!
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