Crossing the Jordan
The exodus of the Children of Israel from Egypt to Canaan symbolizes the Christian’s spiritual journey from the deliverance of sin to the final struggle towards maturity and perfection. Moses had led them to the border of the Promised Land and he went up to Mount Nebo.
“Then the LORD said to him, ‘This is the land of which I swore to give Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, saying, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’ I have caused you to see it with your eyes, but you shall not cross over there.” (Deut. 34:4)
Moses' Final Views from
both sides of Mount Nebo
“After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, it came to pass that the LORD spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, saying: ‘Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them – the children of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses.” (Josh. 1:1-3)
Jordan is the most famous river in the Bible
At the time of Spring the currents in the river Jordan can be very swift and crossing on foot is not only dangerous but almost impossible. Only God can open the way.
This scene (left) from the movie “JESUS” was shot in the Jordan River. This is the most watched movie in the world. Many believers have been baptized in this mode in the Jordan River. Baptism in the Likeness of the Lord Jesus Christ's Death
This scene (l
Joshua is a Type of the Lord Jesus Christ
Joshua in the Old Testament is a type of the Lord Jesus Christ in the New Testament.
The Hebrew name “Joshua” has the meaning “Yahweh is Savior” which is similar to the international version of the name “JESUS” (Mt. 1:21).
Just like Joshua who was a successor of Moses and brought the Children of Israel into the Promised Land, the Lord Jesus Christ can bring Christians into perfection by His sacrificial death on the Cross (Heb. 10:14).
“For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” (Jn. 1:17).
Although “the law was given through Moses” yet he could not enter the Promised Land because he did not believe God’s word by striking the rock twice instead of speaking to it. In the same way no one can be justified by only keeping the law and not believing in the Lord Jesus Christ.
“knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, for by works of the law no flesh shall be justified.” (Gal. 2:16)
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” (Eph. 2:8-9)
God’s Assurance and Encouragement to Joshua
It is a great challenge for anyone to be the successor of Moses, let alone to lead more than two million people into a strange new land and conquering it. Without God it is not only frightening but actually impossible to accomplish. “For with God nothing will be impossible” (Lk. 1:37). Here is the assurance and encouragement that God gave Joshua (Josh. 1:5-9).
5 No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you.
6 Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them.
7 Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go.
8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go."
Follow the Ark of the Covenant (Josh. 3:1-4)
1 Then Joshua rose early in the morning; and they set out from Acacia Grove and came to the Jordan, he and all the children of Israel, and lodged there before they crossed over.
2 So it was, after three days, that the officers went through the camp;
3 and they commanded the people, saying, "When you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, and the priests, the Levites, bearing it, then you shall set out from your place and go after it.
4 Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure. Do not come near it, that you may know the way by which you must go, for you have not passed this way before.
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