Most people who have opened a Bible or been exposed as a young child have heard of the miraculous parting of the Red Sea. Many more have seen the movie ‘Exodus’ about Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt with Pharaoh hot on their trail. Today’s blog is about our miraculous God who again parted waters for the Israelites as they entered the Promised Land after 40 years of wandering. Joshua 3 tells of the nation of Israel, led by Joshua, poised to enter Canaan but needing to cross the Jordan River. It was flood season so the river was raging. The Lord of All the earth told Joshua to have the priests carry the arc of the covenant in front. “Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth is passing over before you into the Jordan.” Joshua 3:11 (The arc was very sacred and contained the 10 Commandment tablets, a jar of manna and Aaron’s budding rod. It was covered with gold and had 2 cherubim on top with wings spread creating the mercy seat. It was carried on poles through rings by the priests and no one touched it.) When the priests got to the edge of the raging Jordan and touched the water, the waters parted. “ And when the soles of the feet of the priests bearing the ark of the Lord, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan shall be cut off from flowing, and the waters coming down from above shall stand in one heap.” Joshua 3:13 Just as the Lord had said, when the priests got to the water and started in, the waters piled up on the flowing side so they could cross over. “and as soon as those bearing the ark had come as far as the Jordan, and the feet of the priests bearing the ark were dipped in the brink of the water (now the Jordan overflows all its banks throughout the time of harvest), 16 the waters coming down from above stood and rose up in a heap very far away, at Adam, the city that is beside Zarethan, and those flowing down toward the Sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, were completely cut off. And the people passed over opposite Jericho. 17 Now the priests bearing the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firmly on dry ground in the midst of the Jordan, and all Israel was passing over on dry ground until all the nation finished passing over the Jordan.”Joshua 3:15-17
I love the image here of the priests carrying the arc going first then stopping in the middle to let the people pass. When all the Israelites had passed by then the arc was brought to the other side. It reminds us that the Lord of All the earth goes before us preparing the way, is with us during our day and then comes behind to protect us. God promises us, just like He did Joshua, that he will be with us always and we need to be strong and courageous day by day. Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
The Lord of All the earth has all the elements of this world under His command. He is sovereign and all-powerful. Where do you need the Lord of All the earth to go with you today? Remember He went before you to ready the day, will be with you all day and He will have your back. There are 3 promises from Isaiah I want to leave you with today as you think about the power and majesty of the Lord of All the earth. Isaiah 49: 16 “Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me.” Isaiah 49:23b “Then you will know that I am the Lord; those who hope in me will not be disappointed.” Isaiah 49:25b “for I will contend with those who contend with you, and I will save your children.” The Lord of All the earth knows me, has me engraved on the palm of His hands, will not disappoint and will fight for me. Be encouraged to day.