The Rock that Listened

Back in the 1970s there was a popular gift to give at Christmas—a “pet rock!”  I think of the one who got very rich, taking a nice rock (not very expensive) and selling it as a pet!  He figured that this would be a pet that you didn’t have to take care of very much. When you said “Sit!” it would do just that!  Also, this pet didn’t need very much food!

Actually, the inventor of the idea (though God invented the rocks!) was taking something that Joshua did in today’s reading when he called God’s people together.  Joshua wanted the people to choose between serving God who brought them to their new land, or the local gods that were worshipped by the original people.  Fortunately, the people decided to stay with God.  

To celebrate this moment, Joshua had the idea of a rock listening in on the promise made by God’s people.  He took the rock and placed it before the people so that they would know that this silent, steady, heavy, unchanging rock had heard the covenant that the people made.  When the people looked at the rock, they hopefully would remember what the rock heard and thus would think about whether they were keeping their promise.

Not a bad idea, Joshua!  Maybe there’s something like this that you and your family can do.  When you get together to pray and read the Bible, a rock alongside a candle, or something like that, would be a great way of  using our sense of sight and hearing to help keep us linked to God and God’s ways.

Joshua 24:14-28

uesdays are dedicated to the Old Testament books of history
and the Hebrew “Writings.”
This year in the season of Advent to Epiphany
we read Joshua and Proverbs 1—3

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