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After 40 years of wandering in the desert, the Israelites finally come to the edge of the promised land. Moses is dead, and Joshua has taken over the leadership of Israel.
All those who have been unfaithful and did not want to enter the promised land 40 years before, had by now died in the desert; all except Joshua and Caleb who were already ready 40 years before to enter the promised land, trusting God that He would give them the land as promised.
So, as they get to the river Jordan, they again face an obstacle like their fathers did at the Red Sea. It was flood season, and the river Jordan was overflowing its banks. There was no way to cross over to the promised land.
This time, Moses wasn’t there to put his staff in the water. This time the presence of God represented by the ark of the covenant would be what would part the waters.
So as the priests stepped into the water, the river backed up and they crossed over on dry land. God told them to take 12 stones, one for each tribe of Israel, from the riverbed and place it on the riverbank as a sign or memorial for generations to come, to commemorate how God brought them through the river into the promised land.
By now we know that the whole journey from Egypt to the promised land is a type of a person coming to Christ and growing into a mature believer while taking hold of the promises of God.
In the section following this, we once again find important principles of how to enter into God’s promises. We see that God revealed himself to them with this miracle at the Jordan. This then produces a response from them.
Many today come to Christ but never take hold of the promises of God. How do we do this? In this section, we find some insight on how to enter into God’s promises.
I. Experience God Personally
 The first thing we see is that none of these people, except Joshua and Caleb, had actually been in Egypt. So, they never saw the mighty move of the hand of God and what God did at the Red Sea. These were things that God did to show himself strong and reveal himself to Israel.
 These people that now had to cross into the promised land were all born in the desert. It is all they knew. Even the manna that they ate every morning might not even be seen as a sign of God anymore. It had become so consistent that it was almost as natural as rain is to us, not supernatural.
 Before they could enter the promised land, they would have to experience God for themselves.
 For this to happen, they had to experience a challenge for themselves so that God could use it to show His greatness and His power.
Illus - I was very fortunate and blessed to grow up in a house with parents that loved the Lord. Many times, I would hear stories of wonderful things God did…
A. God reveals Himself
 In chapter 4 God almost replicates the same Red Sea miracle at the Jordan. God reveals Himself and shows His mighty hand. He gives the reason why in verses 22 to 24.
Joshua 4:22-24, then you shall inform your children, saying, ‘Israel crossed this Jordan on dry ground.’ For the Lord your God dried up the waters of the Jordan before you until you had crossed, just as the Lord your God had done to the Red Sea, which He dried up before us until we had crossed; that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the Lord is mighty, so that you may fear the Lord your God forever.”
 God could have brought them through the Jordan in a dryer season, but God did this for their benefit so that their faith would be strengthened, knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that God existed and that He was their God.
 This would not only be a sign to them. It would also be a sign to their descendants. Their descendants would not go back to Egypt or the Red Sea to see the monuments there, but they would regularly pass by this point and be reminded of what God is done.

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Pastor Matthew Dodd
Pastor Jean Marais
Rich Jones
Matthew Dodd
Jean Marais

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