|Posted by Lorraine Serra on February 24, 2015 at 11:25 PM|
The display of God's power and authority here
in Joshua Chapter 3 is overwhelming. Let's continue to learn from
where we left off last time.
God has demonstrated His faithful
care of His people once more in
a time of what could be called
We observed that Joshua listened,
trusted, obeyed, and reaped great
benefits for himself and his nation
because God was the Lord
of his life.
This command to cross the Jordan
River at flood stage is staggering
to me on many levels for all that it
represents to us.
Of course, God did not need the ark, or
the priests, or any human thing at all to
accomplish this event. Still, the ark was
the tangible symbol of God's
presence with the people. Symbols
are helpful for all of us.
So how about this other symbol, or at least,
that's how I interpret it, in verse 16?
Isn't it interesting that He caused the water to pile up on hold
at a city called Adam? Adam means
“man” or “mankind”.
Ha! To me, it is very symbolic. It
suggests a couple of
things: God saying, “Hold it right
there, O Man, if you think you can
do anything apart from Me! See,
I AM the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY.
I am the God of the Impossible.”
Oh, yeah. This speaks to me. How about you?
It also symbolizes, or suggests to me,
that God would one day redeem
the sin of Adam. As the first Adam
created a barrier, a dam, if you will,
between God and mankind, so,
Jesus, the Second Adam,
would one day come and indeed break that
sin barrier and restore the relationship through
a flood of grace and mercy going forward forever!
I also noticed in this account, that it was
the priests here, not the usual Levites,
who were instructed to carry the ark.
Again, how interesting!
And not only were they called
to carry it, they were called to
STAND STILL in the midst
of a perilous setting, providing
encouragement for the people.
Wow! Is that a lesson for leaders?
Is that a lesson for us?
Even with a wall of standing water
at your back threatening to crush
you at any moment, stand firm!
Even in the midst of criticism,
mocking, political attacks and
the rest, stand firm in the authority
God has given you!
Do you think this took just a
wee bit of courage and faith?
Do you think this is an example
of the kind of trust we should
have in our Commander, our Lord?
There is so much in these two
chapters of Joshua to meditate
on. But, something that has
really jumped out at me which
has implications for all of us
in a very personal way is this:
This account obviously
mirrors the crossing of the
Red Sea, when Moses led
the people out of slavery
in Egypt in the book of Exodus.
How interesting that God uses
a similar humanly impossible
setting of crossing a river to
establish Joshua as God's chosen
successor to Moses. I don't
think the people could miss
the intent, do you?
However, something is
At that time, in Genesis,
the people were
running away from their enemies.
Here in Joshua, the people
are moving straight towards
their enemies! Jericho is before them!
And God was with them in
Can you grasp how these scripture
accounts are for us today? Can we discover
God's highest and best for us through these examples?
Whether you and I are today
running from the enemies of
our past, or running towards
our enemies to face them head
on, the promise of God, as
Lord and Commander, is
that the battle belongs to Him!
"The horse is made ready for the day of battle,
but victory rests with the LORD." Prov 21:31
"Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the LORD our God."
"See, God has come to save me. I will trust in him
and not be afraid. The LORD God is my strength
and my song; he has given me victory." Isaiah 12:2
"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.
I came that they may have life and have it abundantly."
Listening to and obeying our
Commander, our Supreme
Authority, wins the battle.
We don't argue, we don't
negotiate. Instead, just like a soldier,
we follow orders.
If you have received the
grace of God through Jesus
Christ, but have not yet
felt the freedom and victory
He has for you,
perhaps you have not yet made
Him Lord of your life.
Lordship requires submission
and obedience. And He will prove
Himself trustworthy time and
again. Test Him in this and see.
“The eyes of the Lord are on the
righteous, and His ears are open
to their cry. The Lord hears, and
delivers them out of all their troubles". Ps 34:15, 17
O My Lord, I don't want to be just
a hearer of Your Word. Take me deeper!
Reveal to my heart Your instruction and
Your words of knowledge. Correct my
mind, cleanse my heart, and strengthen
me to rise above my limitations so
that I may live in a way that is pleasing
to You, whom I want to honor and
bless every day. Amen.
NEXT TIME: A closer look at submission and obedience in making Him Lord !
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