Joshua 3* The Israelites come to Jordan. (1-6) The Lord encouragesjoshua-Joshua encourages the people. (7-13) The Israelites passthrough Jordan on dry land. (14-17)1-6 The Israelites came to Jordan in faith, having been toldthat they should pass it. In the way of duty, let us proceed asfar as we can, and depend on the Lord. Joshua led them.Particular notice is taken of his early rising, as afterwardsupon other occasions, which shows how little he sought his ownease. Those who would bring great things to pass, must riseearly. Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty. All in publicstations should always attend to the duty of their place. Thepeople were to follow the ark. Thus must we walk after the ruleof the word, and the direction of the Spirit, in everything; soshall peace be upon us as upon the Israel of God; but we mustfollow our ministers only as they follow Christ. All their waythrough the wilderness was an untrodden path, but most so thisthrough Jordan. While we are here, we must expect and prepare topass ways that we have not passed before; but in the path ofduty we may proceed with boldness and cheerfulness. Whether weare called to suffer poverty, pain, labour, persecution,reproach, or death, we are following the Author and Finisher ofour faith; nor can we set our feet in any dangerous or difficultspot, through our whole journey, but faith will there see theprints of the Redeemer's feet, who trod that very path to gloryabove, and bids us follow him, that where he is, we may be also.They were to sanctify themselves. Would we experience theeffects of God's love and power, we must put away sin, and becareful not to grieve the Holy Spirit of God. 7-13 The waters of Jordan shall be cut off. This must be donein such a way as never was done, but in the dividing of the Redsea. That miracle is here repeated; God has the same power tofinish the salvation of his people, as to begin it; the WORD ofthe Lord was as truly with Joshua as with Moses. God'sappearances for his people ought to encourage faith and hope.God's work is perfect, he will keep his people. Jordan's floodcannot keep out Israel, Canaan's force cannot turn them outagain. 14-17 Jordan overflowed all its banks. This magnified the powerof God, and his kindness to Israel. Although those who opposethe salvation of God's people have all advantages, yet God canand will conquer. This passage over Jordan, as an entrance toCanaan, after their long, weary wanderings in the wilderness,shadowed out the believer's passage through death to heaven,after he has finished his wanderings in this sinful world.Jesus, typified by the ark, hath gone before, and he crossed theriver when it most flooded the country around. Let us treasureup experiences of His faithful and tender care, that they mayhelp our faith and hope in the last conflict.
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