About Jesus Steve Sweetman
Chapter 3 and 4
In chapter 3, verses 1 to 6 Israel
is about to cross over the Jordan. They camped at the
Shittim is a transliteration
of a Hebrew word for acacia trees and the name of a large area in
I'm sure that you can find some significance to the three
days of camping, but I will not comment on that now.
This crossing place is significant.
The following is part of my commentary on John 1:28.
I mention this here, because in John 1:28 we see John the Baptist
baptizing, and most commentators suggest that where John baptized is
this very place where Israel crossed the Jordan.
need to mention a contextual problem concerning verse 28.
You will note that the NIV says that John baptized at "
location to this town is somewhat significant because this is where Israel
crossed over the
The text states that the ark of the covenant would lead the
way into the promised land because the Israelis had never been this way
before. This is obviously
true with all people of God. We
should allow the Lord to lead us in all aspects of our lives.
This was truly the case in this instance.
The reason for the Israeli's to get no closer to the ark
than a thousand yards was due to the power of the Lord that came from
the ark. One was not to
touch the ark.
In verse 7 God tells Joshua that at this point in time He
would now exalt him before all of Israel. From verses 8 through 13
we see how this would happen. When the ark of the covenant was carried
The drying up of the Jordan
should remind us of the drying up of the Red Sea when
From verses 14 to the end of the chapter we see all the
Note the time of year of this crossing. It was in the fall,
in harvest time. The waters
of the Jordan River
would have been normally deep at this point, making this an even greater
miracle. The crossing of the
is a harvest of sorts. The
seeds planted in
Concerning the ark staying in the river until all passed by
reminds me of Jesus being the door to the Father, or, the way into
salvation. Jesus is the only
way to God. Everyone coming
to the Father, entering the Kingdom
of God, finding salvation, however you call it, must pass by and through
From verse 1 to verse 13 we note that Joshua appointed a
man from each of the twelve tribes to get a stone out of the
Note in verse 12 that the fighting men of Rueben, Gad, and
half the tribe of Manasseh led the procession.
You will remember that these two and a half tribes made a deal
with Israel that they would help fight to battle to enter Canaan in
exchange for being able to live on the east side of the Jordan River.
They were fulfilling their promise.
Verse 14 tells us that day made Joshua a very revered man
in Israel. His leadership now was
ranked alongside Moses' leadership.
Joshua is a very important man in Jewish history.
He is also important because he symbolizes Jesus.
Moses symbolizes the Law. As
John 1:17 states, "the Law was given through Moses, but grace and
truth came through Jesus".
We see in verses 15 through 18 that the priests came out of
From verse 19 to the end of the chapter we see once again
the reason why God wanted the pile of stones.
It was to be a memorial of this occasion.
This memorial should remind the whole world, not just Israel
, that the Lord, that's Yahweh, the Lord of Israel is really the only
God and that He should be feared. Fearing
God is really the ultimate purpose why God does anything He does.