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These bones represent a witness and protector from the past demanding to be remembered as an integral part of a leap into the future. The past, like bones in a body, provides a basic structure and form so that a person or a people has the capacity to move as one.
The land of Canaan is 11 days away from Egypt, but God doesn't send the Israelites straight there. "Too soon," God thinks. "They are not ready. I'll send them on a roundabout route instead."