I understand the meaning of the 12 stones on the west bank of the Jordan River in Joshua 4, but what about the other 12 stones that Joshua placed in the middle of the Jordan? Why did he put them there?
Before we discuss the 12 stones submerged in the Jordan River, let's remember the 12 stone memorial piled high on the west bank of the River Jordan at Gilgal. It was to serve as a sign and a call to remembrance for all generations for the people of Israel. When looked upon this memorial would cause the people to remember the Lord's goodness, when He led them into the Promised Land.
"That this may be a sign among you when your children ask in time to come, saying, 'What do these stones mean to you?' Then you shall answer them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it crossed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. And these stones shall be for a memorial to the children of Israel forever" (Joshua 4:6-7).
The Other 12 Stones in the Midst of the Jordan
You’ve likely never heard about the other twelve stones. The stones in the midst of the riverbed are seldom, if ever, preached about, but these 12 stones are something everyone should know about. They offer an important and motivating message.