Rock as Monument
Monuments are stone structures built to help people remember a particular person or event. Washington, D.C., is full of monuments to former presidents or heroes. In smaller towns, monuments are sometimes erected to recognize founding fathers.
Even in Bible times, kings built monuments to honor themselves (Saul—1 Samuel 15:12; Absalom—2 Samuel 18:18). God didn’t like it when people built monuments to honor themselves, but He was pleased when someone stacked rocks as a monument to signify a time when they met God in a special way or God did something miraculous. These “standing stones” helped people remember God’s power and provision (Joshua 4:1-24).