Joshua 4:20-22, 24
“And Joshua set up at Gilgal the twelve stones they had taken out of the Jordan. He said to the Israelites, ‘In the future when your descendants ask their fathers, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’…He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the Lord is powerful and so that you might always fear the Lord your God.’”
“Jesus replied, ‘Blessed are you Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church…’”
2 Peter 1:1, 3, 12a, 15
“Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours:…His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness…So I will always remind you of these things…And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things.”
Faithful God, you take joy in repeating your acts of salvation throughout all generations.
As memorial stones reminded the Israelites of your suspension of nature’s laws, so Simon Peter reminds us of your power to transform our human nature. By marking the miracle with a rock, evidence of your handiwork lives on.
Save us again with the patience you have shown us in the past. May we remember you as you have remembered us.
For the sake of Jesus Christ we ask this; the Rock submerged under the river of death so that we might cross over to receive this precious faith.
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