Our teaching will come from Joshua 3.1-17
AND THE TITLE OF OUR MESSAGE IS, AFTER FORTY YEARS, THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL CROSS THE JORDAN RIVER INTO THE PROMISED LAND, THE LAND OF CANAAN, THAT BECAME THE GOD-GIVEN, EVERLASTING JEWISH HOMELAND, THE LAND OF ISRAEL. GENESIS 17.8
And with that said, let’s read Joshua 3.1-17.
JOSHUA 3.1 And Joshua rose early in the morning, and they moved from Shittim, and came to the Jordan River, he and all The Children of Israel. And they remained there in Shittim before they crossed.
The time of this event was some 3,400 years ago, forty years after GOD freed The Children of Israel from four hundred years of Egyptian slavery. The Jewish People were at the end of their forty year journey from Egypt to the Promised Land Canaan. And They were preparing to cross the Jordan river into Canaan that would become The GOD-Given, Everlasting Jewish Homeland, The Land of Israel. GENESIS 17.8
JOSHUA 3.2 And it came to pass after three days, the officers went through the host.
3,400 years ago, the host was The Israeli Army. The IDF, The Israeli Defense Forces are not strangers to war.
JOSHUA 3.3 And they, the Israeli officers, commanded The People saying, When you see The Ark of The Covenant of The LORD Your GOD, and The Priests, the Levites, carrying it, you shall set forth from your place and follow after it.
The Ark of The Covenant was a Chest that was made of shittim wood, overlaid with pure gold inside and out that was 4 feet long, 2 1/4 feet wide, and 2 1/4 feet high. And a crown of gold all around it.
And The Top of The Ark was pure gold, and a crown of gold all around it. Some Bibles call The Top of The Ark of The Covenant, The Mercy Seat.
Four rings were fastened on the side of the ark at the top four corners to insert poles made of shittim wood, and also overlaid with pure gold. And the poles were placed in the rings for the Levites to carry The Ark. And the Poles were never taken out from the rings.
And two cherubim of pure gold were at each end of The Ark with stretched out wings that covered The Top of The Ark of The Covenant. And their faces looked upon each other looking toward the Top of The Ark of The Covenant.
The Ark of The Covenant was always in The Tabernacle when the People were not on the move to The Promised Land Canaan. And there in The Holy of Holies, inside The Tabernacle was where The LORD met with Moses Face to face from above The Top of The Ark between the two cherubim to give Moses His Commandments, all His Laws for The Children of Israel, that all the world should live by. Because Moses, The Prophet of GOD, speaking The Words that GOD told him to speak, said, Man shall not live by bread alone but by Every Word that proceeds out of The Mouth of The LORD does man live. And those very same Words are repeated by The Messiah Yeshua in The New Testament.
EXODUS 25.10-22, DEUTERONOMY 8.3, MATTHEW 4.4, LUKE 4.4
Inside The Ark of The Covenant were The Two Tablets of Stone with The Ten Commandments Written on them by The Finger of GOD.
1 KINGS 8.9, 2 CHRONICLES 5.10
I know it is written in some Bibles in Deuteronomy 31.26 that The Book of The Law, that is The Torah, The Law of Moses, was put in the side of The Ark. That is incorrect. The Book of The Law was put at the side of The Ark, not inside The Ark.
The Hebrew reads in Deuteronomy 31.26, Say’fehr Ha’Torah hazeh vay’sahm’tehm oh’toe me’stahd Ahrone B’reet YEHOVAH ELO’HEY’KHEM. This Book of The Law you shall put it at the side of The Ark of The Covenant of The LORD Your GOD.
JOSHUA 3.4 Yet there shall be a space between you and The Ark of The Covenant, about two thousand cubits by measure. Do not come near it that you may know the way by which you must go. For you have not passed this way before.
2,000 cubits are 3,000 feet, or about 10 American football fields. The space between The People and The Ark when they crossed the Jordan.
JOSHUA 3.5 And Joshua said to The People, Sanctify yourselves That is, Be Holy before The LORD Your GOD, for tomorrow The LORD will do wonders among you.
Being Holy before The LORD is something we should be 24/7, all the time. And being Holy before The LORD is living our life by every Word GOD speaks in The Bible from Genesis through Revelation.
And tomorrow, GOD said, The LORD will do wonders among you.
JOSHUA 3.6-10 And Joshua spoke to The Priests saying, Take The Ark of The Covenant and pass over The Jordan before The People. And they took up The Ark of The Covenant and went before The People.
7/ And The LORD said to Joshua, “This day will I begin to magnify you in the sight of all Israel that they may know that as I was with Moses, so I will be with you.
I believe that GOD spoke those wonderful Words to Joshua, not only for The People to know that GOD will magnify Joshua in the sight of all Israel, and that they will know that as GOD was with Moses, GOD will also be with Joshua, but GOD also spoke those Words to Joshua for Joshua’s assurance that The LORD was with him as He was with Moses.
8/ And The LORD said to Joshua, You shall command The Priests who carry The Ark of The Covenant, saying, When you come to the brink of the water of The Jordan, you shall stand still in The Jordan.
9/ And Joshua said to The Children of Israel, Come here and hear The Words of The LORD Your GOD.
10/ And Joshua said, By this you shall know that The Loving GOD is among you, and that He will, without fail, drive out from before you the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Hivites, and the Perizzites and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Jebusites.
GOD does everything for a reason. And GOD drove out the Canaanite nations because of their sins against GOD. Their abominations are described by GOD in the following Scriptures.
GENESIS 15.13-21, LEVITICUS 18.1-30, DEUTERONOMY 18.9-14, 1 KINGS 21.26
JOSHUA 3.11-13 And Joshua said, Behold, The Ark of The Covenant of The LORD of all the earth passes over before you into The Jordan.
12/ Now therefore take twelve men out of The Tribes of Israel, out of every Tribe a man.
13/ And it shall come to pass as soon as the soles of the feet of The Priests who carry The Ark of The LORD, The LORD of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of The Jordan, that the waters of The Jordan shall be cut off from the waters that come down from above, and they shall stand upon a heap.
WHEN GOD GOES BEFORE YOU, YOU WILL SUCCEED. WHETHER GOD MAKES A PATH OF DRY GROUND TO CROSS THE JORDAN RIVER INTO THE PROMISED LAND CANAAN, OR GOD OPENS THE WATERS OF THE RED SEA FOR THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL TO WALK ON DRY GROUND TO CONTINUE THEIR JOURNEY TO THE PROMISED LAND. GOD CAN MAKE YOU SUCCEED. BECAUSE NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY.
I always think of what GOD said to Joshua when he took over from Moses when Moses died. Because GOD’S Words apply today every bit as they applied to Joshua 3,400 years ago. GOD’S Spoken Word is forever, and they never change
GOD SAID, ONLY BE STRONG AND VERY COURAGEOUS THAT YOU OBSERVE TO DO ACCORDING TO ALL THE LAW, ALL THE LAW OF MOSES, WHICH MOSES MY SERVANT COMMANDED YOU. DO NOT TURN FROM IT TO THE RIGHT HAND OR TO THE LEFT THAT YOU SHALL PROSPER WHEREVER YOU GO.
THIS BOOK OF THE LAW SHALL NOT DEPART OUT OF YOUR MOUTH, BUT YOU SHALL MEDITATE IN IT DAY AND NIGHT THAT YOU OBSERVE TO DO ACCORDING TO ALL THAT IS WRITTEN IN IT. FOR THEN YOU SHALL MAKE YOUR WAY PROSPEROUS, AND THEN YOU SHALL HAVE GOOD SUCCESS.
HAVE NOT I COMMANDED YOU, GOD SAID, BE STRONG AND OF A GOOD COURAGE. DO NOT BE AFRAID, NEITHER LOSE YOUR COURAGE, FOR THE LORD YOUR GOD IS WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO. JOSHUA 1.7-9
WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE. ALL GOD WANTS FROM YOU IS THAT YOU LIVE YOUR LIFE IN OBEDIENCE TO HIM. TO OBEY HIS LAW, ALL HIS LAW OF MOSES IN THE FIRST FIVE BOOKS OF THE BIBLE. AND GOD WILL OPEN THE RED SEA FOR YOU TO SUCCEED. AND GOD’S LAW IS NOT DIFFICULT. IN FACT IT’S EASY. 1 JOHN 5.3, 1 JOHN 1.9
BUT YOU MIGHT ASK, WHAT ABOUT JESUS?
JESUS IS OF THE UTMOST IMPORTANCE IN YOUR LIFE FOR ATONEMENT, THE FORGIVENESS OF YOUR SINS, AND TO FOLLOW HIS STEPS, WHO DID NO SIN. JESUS DID NOT SIN BECAUSE MESSIAH OBEYED EVERY WORD OF THE LAW OF MOSES. AND THOSE ARE HIS STEPS WE MUST FOLLOW. OBEDIENCE TO GOD.
MATTHEW 26.28, 1 PETER 2.21-22
LOOK, JESUS NEVER ABOLISHED THE LAW OF MOSES. THOSE WHO TEACH THAT JESUS ABOLISHED THE LAW OF MOSES AND THOSE WHO LIVE LIKE JESUS ABOLISHED THE LAW OF MOSES CAN TAKE CREDIT FOR ALL THE VIOLENCE, THE CHAOS, THE MURDERS, THE SHOOTINGS, FIRES, LOOTINGS, DESTRUCTION, THE CORONAVIRUS, ALL THE EVILS OF TODAY. BECAUSE MUCH OF THE WORLD IS TAUGHT THE LIE THAT THE LAW OF MOSES IS ABOLISHED. AND MANY MORE HAVE ZERO INTEREST IN WHAT GOD SAYS IN THE BIBLE.
THAT DISOBEDIENCE TO GOD, DISOBEYING GOD’S LAW, THE LAW OF MOSES BRINGS GOD’S WRATH AND HIS JUDGMENTS ON THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE WORLD.
TEACHING THE STUPIDITY THAT THE LAW OF MOSES IS ABOLISHED, AND LIVING A LIFE OF DISOBEDIENCE TO GOD’S LAW OF MOSES, AND DISOBEDIENCE TO ANY WORD THAT GOD SPEAKS IN THE BIBLE, THAT DISOBEDIENCE TO GOD IS THE CAUSE FOR ALL THE PROBLEMS AND EVILS IN THE WORLD.
ISAIAH 24.4-6, ISAIAH 45.7, DEUTERONOMY 8.3, MATTHEW 4.4, LUKE 4.4, REVELATION 16, EZEKIEL 18.21
JAMES WRITES, MY BRETHREN, BE NOT MANY TEACHERS KNOWING THAT WE SHALL RECEIVE THE GREATER CONDEMNATION. JAMES 3.1
THE ACTUAL TRANSLATION OF THIS VERSE READS, NOT MANY TEACHERS BECOME BROTHERS OF ME, KNOWING THAT GREATER JUDGMENT WE WILL RECEIVE.
THOSE TEACHING THE LIE THAT THE LAW OF MOSES IS ABOLISHED WILL RECEIVE THE GREATER CONDEMNATION UNLESS THEY REPENT AND TURN TO GOD AND OBEY AND TEACH ALL GOD’S LAW WRITTEN IN THE LAW OF MOSES. AND IF THEY DO NOT REPENT, JESUS WILL SAY TO THEM, DEPART FROM ME, YOU THAT WORK INIQUITY. MATTHEW 7.21-23, EZEKIEL 18.21
JOSHUA 3.14-17 And it came to pass when The People removed from their tents to pass over the Jordan, and The Priests carrying The Ark of The Covenant before The People,
15/ and as they who carried The Ark came to the Jordan river, and the feet of The Priests who carried The Ark were dipped in the brim of the water, for the Jordan overflows all its banks all the time of harvest,
16/ that the waters which came down from above stood and rose up upon a heap very far from the city of Adam that is beside Zaretan, and those that came down toward the sea of the plain, even The Salt Sea (The Dead Sea), failed and were cut off. And The People passed over right opposite Jericho.
17/ And The Priests who carried The Ark of The Covenant of The LORD stood firm on dry ground in the midst of The Jordan river, and all Israel crossed over on dry ground until all The Nation had completely crossed over the Jordan river.
AFTER FORTY YEARS, THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL CROSSED THE JORDAN RIVER INTO THE PROMISED LAND CANAAN THAT BECAME THE GOD-GIVEN, EVERLASTING JEWISH HOMELAND, THE LAND OF ISRAEL.
BARUKH HASHEM ADONAI YESHUA HAMASHIAKH, BLESSED IS THE NAME THE LORD YESHUA THE MESSIAH.