Peter Misselbrook's Blog
Aug 28 2011 - E100.24a – Joshua 3, Crossing the Jordan

The majority of the Israelites who had been rescued from Egypt had died in the desert over the last forty years. The Israelites now camped beside the Jordan opposite Jericho had heard what God had done for their parents and grandparents in bringing them out of Egypt and through the Red Sea. God will now demonstrate that he is the same God. What he did for their parents and grandparents he can do also for them. He will lead them into the land he has promised to give them.

The Ark of the Covenant is more than a box for the tablets of the law, it is the symbol of the presence and power of the living God among his people – he sits enthroned between the cherubim. The Ark, carried by the priests, will go before the people; God himself will lead them. The moment the priest’s feet get wet in the shallows of the Jordan, the water will cease to flow. It was as if the waster had been dammed up further upstream and downstream the waters simply drained away. The priests carrying the Ark stood on dry ground in the middle of the riverbed while all of the Israelites marched safely over on dry ground.

On that day the Lord did an amazing thing for this people, repeating the miracle by which their parents had been delivered from the power of Egypt. No longer are they a people who have heard of the saving power of their God, they have experienced it for themselves. Now they know that God is with them just as he was with their parents in the days of Moses.

It is not enough for us to be told what God has done for former generations – though such stories can provide great encouragement. We want to experience and know God acting for us in our day and generation. We want to know that God is with us and that he plans to lead us into the blessings he has promised to give us.

Lord Jesus, thank you that you are the same yesterday and today and forever. You did great things for your people in generations past; we thank you that you will do great things for us today – and for our children tomorrow. Your praises shall resound down the generations until all generations stand together around the throne of our God and of the Lamb praising you for all eternity.

Peter Misselbrook