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The Order to Cross the Jordan

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George was 28 years old, single, and still living with his parents. One Sunday morning, George told his mother he wasn’t going to church. “First,” he said, “I’’m tired. Second, the people there don’’t like me. And third, the sermons are dull.” But George’’s mo … More

Leadership

God had commanded Joshua in verse 9 and now in this passage the newly appointed leader, Joshua speaks to the people and the people respond to support him. Joshua first told the leaders what God had told him, then the leaders quickly passed the message to their people. There was preparation to be made because in only three days they would cross the Jordan and enter the Promise Land. They told Joshua “we  will do” and “we will go.” Under one condition they were willing to follow Joshua and that was if he showed clear evidence that he was being led of God. This was a wise precaution and one that should be carefully followed by all of the Lord’s people today; otherwise we find “blind leaders of the blind.” Notice Joshua’s response to God’s command included:

  1. A Promptness (v. 10). “Then” Once a duty is discovered it should be done right away.
  2. A Plan (v. 10). “Joshua commanded the officers of the people saying."
  3. A Preparation (v. 11a). “Prepare you victuals; for within three days ye shall pass over."
  4. A Promise (v. 11b). “To go in to possess the land which the Lord your God giveth you."
  5. A People (vv. 12-15). “To the Reubenites, to the Gadites and to half the tribe of Manasseh."
  6. A Pledge (vv. 16-17a). “They answered Joshua, all that thou commandest us we will do."
  7. A Prayer (v. 17b). “Only the Lord thy God be with thee, as He was with Moses."
  8. A Punishment (v. 18). “Whosoever he be that does rebel....he shall be put to death."

Also in verse 18 like in 6-7 and 9 the command is emphasized to be strong and of a good courage. The next time you are afraid to do what you know is right, remember that strength and courage are readily available from God.

Application

Agreeing to God’s plan means that I must know what the plan is (as found in the Bible) and carry it out on a daily basis.

Joshua 1:10-18 (English Standard Version)

And Joshua commanded the officers of the people, "Pass through the midst of the camp and command the people, 'Prepare your provisions, for within three days you are to pass over this Jordan to go in to take possession of the land that the LORD your God is giving you to possess.'" And to the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh Joshua said, "Remember the word that Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, saying, 'The LORD your God is providing you a place of rest and will give you this land.' Your wives, your little ones, and your livestock shall remain in the land that Moses gave you beyond the Jordan, but all the men of valor among you shall pass over armed before your brothers and shall help them, until the LORD gives rest to your brothers as he has to you, and they also take possession of the land that the LORD your God is giving them. Then you shall return to the land of your possession and shall possess it, the land that Moses the servant of the LORD gave you beyond the Jordan toward the sunrise." And they answered Joshua, "All that you have commanded us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go. Just as we obeyed Moses in all things, so we will obey you. Only may the LORD your God be with you, as he was with Moses! Whoever rebels against your commandment and disobeys your words, whatever you command him, shall be put to death. Only be strong and courageous."

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