Photo Friday: Israel Crossed the Jordan on Dry Ground

Photo Friday: Israel Crossed the Jordan on Dry Ground

Credit:Library of Congress/Matson Collection

“…the people went up from the Jordan and camped at Gilgal on the eastern border of Jericho. 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 parents, “What do these stones mean?” tell them, “Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.” For the LORD your God dried up the Jordan before you until you had crossed over. The LORD your God did to the Jordan what he had done to the Red Sea when he dried it up before us until we had crossed over. 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.'” (Joshua 4:19-24)

The Jewish people just finished observing Passover, which celebrated many of God’s miracles for His chosen people, including the parting of the Red Sea. In the above passage, Joshua tells us of another miracle that occurred as His people at last reached the Promised Land. Gilgal is seen millennia later, in this photo taken in 1900 in the Holy Land. We know now, just as people did 100 years ago or 3,000 years ago that “the hand of the LORD is powerful.” Shabbat shalom, friends.

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