Rev. E. Anderson
The book of Joshua is a good bible book for Christians to study for it gives illustration of, we, too, like Israel should learn to possess their inheritance that God has promised in Christ. There are lessons to learn for all. May you discovered much from the following notes.
INTO THE LAND OF PROMISE – THE BOOK OF JOSHUA
OPENING UP THE WAY
JOSHUA 3 & 4
EXODUS: The Lord had already shown in a significant manner His supreme ability to open up a way out of Egypt by the blood of the lamb and by the parting of the Red Sea. Their unique deliverance from Pharaoh and his hosts were dealt a staggering blow by the Lord. The Lord had made a way when they had come to a cul-de-sac. In an impossible circumstance an exit was supernaturally provided.
ENTRANCE: Now they were in a new situation where it was required that the Lord show His ability again by opening up a way through Jordan’s waters. This was necessary if they were to make a great start in the matter of possession. They way had to be opened up and it was not at a convenient time naturally as the context reveals.
INITIATION: What was demanded was a miracle. If things were to really get going and if it was to be that the Lord was with them, then the situation needed an act of divine intervention. As they were to move out in the schedule of the Lord He was to manifest His authority and ability and make it obvious to the people that the time was right for entrance. This was to be an initiation to a further break out of the miraculous.
1/. BECAUSE THE LORD HAD GIVEN SUPERNATURAL REVELATION – 3:6,8,9,11-13
This was not something that Joshua had ingenuously contrived or thought up in his reasoning. It was far removed from human logic and ability. God’s servant received an insight from heaven on how to proceed in the next maneuver. He was in that favourable and fortunate place where he was hearing clear and true the directions from above and was happy to be directed – 3:8. It was to be completely different to what had happened at the Red Sea. He affirms that the Ark of the Covenant is to lead and open up the road through – Joshua 3:10 Jos 3:10
Hereby; by what he would do in dividing the waters of Jordan. JosHUA 3:16
“However dark the path before us, God can make it plain; and however great the difficulties in the way of duty, he can remove them, and cause us in obeying him to triumph.” Family Bible
2/. BECAUSE THERE WAS A READINESS TO BELIEVE AND OBEY – 1:3; 3:15,17; 4:18
There appears to be no murmuring or questioning abroad only the desire and will to trust and respond to what is revealed. The priests and people are in one accord and are ready to do something different. Joshua did say to them – “you have not been this way before.” It was not for them to query the tactics or the procedure but to warmly respond to orders. This is where the miraculous comes into play and operation. The bottom line for this divine people was to act with commitment to what the Lord was revealing.
3/. BECAUSE THERE WAS A WORK OF SANCTIFICATION DONE - 3:5
God’s servant sensed that this people needed to show to God a genuine disposition of mind and heart and so the call to consecrate and give themselves afresh to the Lord. This was a good and great moment to dedicate themselves to Him. All factors that were not in line with Him must be attended to and a willingness to separate all that they were and possessed to Him. Did they but know it, they were creating the grounds and atmosphere in which God loved to work and show His mighty hand. Separation to the Lord in sacred dedication does yield its fruit. Here it is linked with the miraculous.
4/. BECAUSE THE OMNIPOTENCE OF GOD WAS EXPRESSED AT AN EXTREME TIME - 4:18
It is stated that Jordan was in the time of flood so it can implied that this miracle took place when the river was at its most threatening time. To have viewed the scene one would have had to say it would really need a miracle of vast proportions to create a highway through. The conditions could not have been worse. But the Lord specializes in doing things of a miraculous order when these kind of conditions prevail. He was to prove to Israel that no matter how difficult all may appear, such presented no problem to Him. This was to set their minds right and tone their spirits for what was yet to come.
5/. BECAUSE THE LORD PURPOSED TO COMMENCE A PROGRAM OF MIRACLES - 3:5
Tomorrow was initiation day for even far greater happenings and events. The crossing of Jordan was to be but starters and lift their faith level to something bigger. They were to anticipate the Lord doing much more as they came against the enemies, the giants and walled cities. Jordan was but the introduction again of the presence and power of God and it would become intensified and increased. The testimony that the Lord was about to establish was not simply to open up Jordan but to open them up in such a manner and measure that faith would know no bounds or limitations. They were to become excited at the prospect of things occurring they had never witnessed before.
6/. BECAUSE THE LORD DESIRED TO ESTABLISH JOSHUA’S LEADERSHIP AND AUTHORITY - 3:7
This was a vital and valid opportunity to make manifest to His people that He had appointed and anointed Joshua to act on His behalf. The people were sure before but became absolutely certain following the crossing of Jordan that Joshua was the person in the right place. When they saw things working out as he had stated they could not get away from the fact that he was the one whom the Lord respected and responded to. The miracle was a confirmation from on high that Joshua would be the one who would be given the directions from the Lord and it would be essential that his leadership be unequivocally accepted. If this was adhered to the success and progress would be theirs and there would be much more of the miraculous present.
7/. BECAUSE IT WAS ESSENTIAL THAT PEOPLE COME TO REVERENCE THE LORD - 4:24
Whilst miracles are essential and are most wonderful occurrences, the real issue is that they are a testimony to the Lord and should produce a divine sense of awe and wonder. The world ought to know what a wonderful God he is because of the wonders He performs but His servants and people should be lost in reverence and stand in awe of Him. The great miracle of life is the Lord. What a wonder He is! What wonders He performs!
The concluding fact is: the Lord is always interested in opening up the way so that His people may enter their possession and become possessors.
Having witness initially what the lOrd is prepared and able to do, the scene should be set for the manifestation