Family Photos and 12 Stones of Remembrance

by Ken Ham

Recently our family of 27 (one is still in the womb!) visited the Ark Encounter for a family photo at the door of the Ark. The Ark door reminds me of Christ. God had Noah put one door into the Ark as a picture of Christ who is the one door to go through to be saved. There’s only one door to heaven.

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In this video, you can see the size of the Ark. Visitors from all over the world continue to pour in to see this world-class Christian attraction. (When this video was taken, work was being done on the lake, which has since been completed so it can be filled with water.)

One of my favorite passages in the Bible is in Joshua 4 where the Lord had the people of Israel take 12 stones and build a memorial after the miraculous crossing of the Jordan River. These stones were to be a memorial (a reminder) to coming generations not to forget what God did and who He is. It was also to be a reminder to all peoples of the earth concerning the one true God.

When we opened the life-size Ark in Williamstown, Kentucky, this past July, the Answers in Genesis board members laid twelve stones, signifying that the Ark was our 12 stones for this world. We desire for the Ark to help parents pass on a godly legacy to coming generations and challenge the people of the world with the truth of God’s Word and the gospel.

When our family had our annual photographs taken at the Ark, we had each family stand with those 12 stones. Praise the Lord our children are passing on that godly legacy to their children. I encourage you to visit the Ark Encounter with your families and friends so that all will be reminded of the truth of God’s Word and the saving gospel. I pray millions will be equipped to defend the Christian faith and that millions will be saved for eternity because of this reminder that God burdened us to build.

When all the nation had finished passing over the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua, “Take twelve men from the people, from each tribe a man, and command them, saying, ‘Take twelve stones from here out of the midst of the Jordan, from the very place where the priests’ feet stood firmly, and bring them over with you and lay them down in the place where you lodge tonight.’” Then Joshua called the twelve men from the people of Israel, whom he had appointed, a man from each tribe. And Joshua said to them, “Pass on before the ark of the Lord your God into the midst of the Jordan, and take up each of you a stone upon his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the people of Israel, that this may be a sign among you. When your children ask in time to come, ‘What do those stones mean to you?’ then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it passed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. So these stones shall be to the people of Israel a memorial forever . . . “so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the Lord is mighty, that you may fear the Lord your God forever” (Joshua 4:1–7, 24).

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This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.

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