"Today’s passage describes the symbolic crossing of the river Jordan by the Israelites. They’re now in the Promised Land, and are being led by Joshua. Just as the Lord parted the waters of the red sea to begin the Israelite’s journey in the desert, he dried up the waters of the Jordan for the Israelites to pass through to signal the end. They now face the seemingly impregnable city of Jericho." (New Zealand's Rhema Radio)
Joshua said to the Israelites, "Come here and listen to the words of the LORD your God. ...It is important to note that the Israelites had to take the first step before the river stopped, before the miracle begun. It would have been easier for them if God had just stopped the water from flowing before they got to the river or maybe at least before they took the first step into the raging river. They had to literally take the first step in faith before anything miraculous happened.
Joshua said to the Israelites, "Come here and listen to the words of the LORD your God. This is how you will know that the living God is among you and that he will certainly drive out before you the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites and Jebusites. See, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth will go into the Jordan ahead of you. Now then, choose twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one from each tribe. And as soon as the priests who carry the ark of the LORD—the Lord of all the earth—set foot in the Jordan, its waters flowing downstream will be cut off and stand up in a heap."
So when the people broke camp to cross the Jordan, the priests carrying the ark of the covenant went ahead of them. Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest. Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water's edge, the water from upstream stopped flowing. It piled up in a heap a great distance away, at a town called Adam in the vicinity of Zarethan, while the water flowing down to the Sea of the Arabah (that is, the Dead Sea) was completely cut off. So the people crossed over opposite Jericho. (Joshua 3:9-16)
For me the first step is always the hardest, the riskiest, but also the most important one. Living out your faith is mostly in the first step.
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