Overview

Joshua 3 details the remarkable event of the Israelites crossing the Jordan River under Joshua's leadership. This chapter is a testament to divine guidance and power, and it marks a significant moment in the Israelites’ journey into the Promised Land. Key aspects include:
Preparation for the Crossing: Joshua tells the people to consecrate themselves, for the next day the LORD will perform wonders among them. He instructs the priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant to lead the way.
Joshua’s Message from God: God tells Joshua that this day He will begin to exalt him in the eyes of all Israel, so they may know that He will be with Joshua as He was with Moses.
The Miracle at the Jordan: As the priests carrying the Ark reach the Jordan and their feet touch the water's edge, the water from upstream stops flowing, piling up in a heap a great distance away, allowing the people to cross on dry ground.
The Role of the Ark of the Covenant: The Ark, symbolizing God's presence, stands in the middle of the Jordan until the entire nation finishes crossing on dry ground.
Twelve Stones as a Memorial: Joshua sets up twelve stones in the middle of the Jordan at the spot where the priests stood. These stones are to serve as a sign and a call to remember the miracle God performed.
The Nation Crosses Over: About 40,000 armed men cross over before the LORD to the plains of Jericho for battle. The priests carrying the Ark continue to stand in the riverbed until everything is completed as the LORD commanded Joshua.
Joshua 3 is a pivotal chapter in the narrative of the Israelites' entry into the Promised Land. The crossing of the Jordan River mirrors the earlier crossing of the Red Sea, reaffirming God's power and His continued support for His people. This event not only strengthens the faith of the Israelites but also elevates Joshua’s leadership in their eyes, establishing him as a worthy successor to Moses.

Joshua 3

1  And Joshua rose early in the morning; and they removed from Shittim, and came to Jordan, he and all the children of Israel, and lodged there before they passed over.

2  And it came to pass after three days, that the officers went through the host;

3  And they commanded the people, saying, When ye see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, and the priests the Levites bearing it, then ye shall remove from your place, and go after it.

4  Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure: come not near unto it, that ye may know the way by which ye must go: for ye have not passed this way heretofore.

5  And Joshua said unto the people, Sanctify yourselves: for to morrow the LORD will do wonders among you.

6  And Joshua spake unto the priests, saying, Take up the ark of the covenant, and pass over before the people. And they took up the ark of the covenant, and went before the people.

7  And the LORD said unto Joshua, This day will I begin to magnify thee in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee.

8  And thou shalt command the priests that bear the ark of the covenant, saying, When ye are come to the brink of the water of Jordan, ye shall stand still in Jordan.

9  And Joshua said unto the children of Israel, Come hither, and hear the words of the LORD your God.

10  And Joshua said, Hereby ye shall know that the living God is among you, and that he will without fail drive out from before you the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Hivites, and the Perizzites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Jebusites.

11  Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth passeth over before you into Jordan.

12  Now therefore take you twelve men out of the tribes of Israel, out of every tribe a man.

13  And it shall come to pass, as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests that bear the ark of the LORD, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of Jordan, that the waters of Jordan shall be cut off from the waters that come down from above; and they shall stand upon an heap.

14  And it came to pass, when the people removed from their tents, to pass over Jordan, and the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people;

15  And as they that bare the ark were come unto Jordan, and the feet of the priests that bare the ark were dipped in the brim of the water, (for Jordan overfloweth all his banks all the time of harvest,)

16  That the waters which came down from above stood and rose up upon an heap very far from the city Adam, that is beside Zaretan: and those that came down toward the sea of the plain, even the salt sea, failed, and were cut off: and the people passed over right against Jericho.

17  And the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firm on dry ground in the midst of Jordan, and all the Israelites passed over on dry ground, until all the people were passed clean over Jordan.

End of Joshua 3


1 Year Plan:  Mar 31 - Josh 3, Josh 4, Josh 5,  Luk 20

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