Crossing the Jordan
Finally, after their wilderness journey of forty years,
the Israelites were brought to the Jordan, and shown where they were to
cross over under the leadership of Joshua. Moses meantime, after blessing
Joshua, had died in Mt. Nebo.--Deuteronomy 4:21,22;9:1;32:48-52;34:5,9.
On this occasion, a stupendous miracle permitted the
Israelites to pass through the bed of the Jordan into Canaan, the waters
being cut off. Everything was so well timed by the Lord that when the
Priests stepped up to the waters, bearing the Ark, and their feet touched
the outer edge, the waters began to subside. The Priests advanced as the
waters subsided, and stood in the midst of the river Jordan until all the
hosts of Israel had passed over.--Joshua 3:3-17.
Infidelity has scoffed at this incident as an
impossibility, but recent research shows that the miracle did take place,
and the means which the Lord adopted for it. Be it understood that every
miracle, from the Divine standpoint, is simple enough. Yet God, even in
miracles, usually operates along the lines of natural means. It is now
ascertained that the waters of the Jordan were cut off some miles above
the place of crossing, at a place called Adam. There a great hillside slid
into the river, filling its bed and causing the water to back up, forming
little lakes. Gradually it cut its way through. It was then that the
Israelites passed over Jordan "dry shod."
Antitypically, the crossing of Jordan would represent
the fact that God's people now pass from death unto life, through faith in
the blood of Jesus. The new life begun, they walk by faith, they live by
faith, and by faith they fight the good fight, in the name of the Lord and
under His guidance. And the name Joshua means Jesus, Savior, Deliverer.
Respecting the types and prophecies of the past the
Apostles tell us that the Law was a shadow of better things coming after,
and that those things were written for the special instruction of the
Church.--Romans 15:4; Hebrews 10:1.
Israelites Entering Canaan