W.I.S.H. – Weekly Insights for Spiritual Health 09-15-2021
Read: Joshua 3
Crossing the Jordan or crossing into the promised land was a big deal. It signified to the Israelites that God had kept God’s promise dating all the way back to Abraham and Sarah. For Christians there is a parallel symbolism of crossing over into the promised Kingdom of God in Heaven.
The Jordan River is not a large river, perhaps comparable to the Tittabawassee River, but the entrance into the promise land would still be spectacular. Just as Moses had led the people to freedom with the parting of the Red Sea, so Joshua would lead the people to the promised land with the parting of the Jordan River. For each there was a required “step of faith”, and God proved faithful.
The people were led by the Ark of the Covenant, which contained the Ten Commandments. On top of the Ark were the figures of two angels forming what was considered to be the mercy seat of God. There is much mystique about the Ark of the Covenant. Some have considered it to be like a shield of invincibility, an ultimate weapon, that harnessed the power of God. The Indian Jones movie did not create that misunderstanding but played it up quite well. Nobody knows for certain what actual happened to the Ark of the Covenant in history. The most common belief is that it was probably destroyed when Jerusalem fell to the Babylonians in 587 B.C..
The Ark was not an invincible weapon. It was captured in battle against the Philistines as the faithfulness of the Israelites faltered. The Ark was significant for faith purposes. It would be the greatest archeological discovery ever if found. The priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant led the way across the river, on dry ground, and into the promised land. When all had crossed over into the promised land, the Jordan River resumed its flow. Still another miracle of God providing for the people.
What steps of faith you have taken to begin a new chapter of your life? What promises of God have guided your steps and gave you courage? What treasured keepsakes have you kept and carry with you to remind yourself that God is indeed faithful? Keep your eyes on Jesus.
Pastor Rob Nystrom