TWELVE STONES: A picture of baptism: 12 stones in river
= death in baptism (v 9). 12 stones from river = resurrection to newness of life
(v 8). John the Baptist prob referred to these in Mat 3:9: "Of these stones God
can raise up children to Abraham." Cp 12 apostles, one (Peter) a "stone", taken
out of Jordan at baptism, to be foundation stones of New Jerusalem (Rev 21:14)
WHERE THE PRIESTS STOOD: Christ the great priest stood
firm in midst of Jordan (the river of life and death), driving back the
descending waters as far as Adam!
The ark (repr Christ) was necessary to hold back the waters of
death and allow Israel to enter the land of promise.