Summary: This draws a double parallel between Joshua leading Israel across Jordan, Jesus leading his church into the New Testament Covenant, and the conversion of a lost soul being born again into eternal life.
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Pastor James May
GOD LEADS BY HIS COVENANT
Joshua 3:1 (quickview) , "And Joshua rose early in the morning; and they removed from Shittim, and came to Jordan, he and all the children of Israel, and lodged there before they passed over."
Israel had finally completed its 40 year journey in the wilderness and had come once again to the same place they were 40 years before. There were some big differences in what would happen now. Israel had learned its lesson the hard way. God had allowed them to wander until every man and woman who had turned away from the Promised Land in doubt was now dead. A new generation had grown up to take their place. This younger generation was not rooted and grounded in the ways of Egypt.
Israel would not allow God to remove Egypt from their hearts so God had to remove those who remembered the old life. All these younger people knew was that there was a Promised Land, a Covenant from Almighty God and new leadership and they were ready for their own land. They had known nothing but wandering all of their life and these “pilgrims” in the wilderness had only one great desire – to find their own country.
How many generations of worldly ancestors did God have to take out of your life before you could finally begin to believe and trust in Him?
How long have you wandered in the wilderness while God had to get all memories of the pleasures of this world from your heart?
Too many Christians are still looking back at the old life called “Egypt”. God will not allow us to continue walking with him while we continue to look back.
“Remember Lot’s Wife?” She looked back and turned to a pillar of salt. We are the salt of the earth but we are living salt. God doesn’t intend for you to be an immovable pillar!
Once you know the Lord as your Savior and truly begin to walk with him, then you are like those Children of Israel who are now following Joshua, their new leader.
Moses was the leader of Israel until they reached the River Jordan but God would not allow Moses to cross over into the Promised Land as the leader. God brought Moses to the top of a mountain, let him look over and see the fulfillment of God’s Promises to Abraham, but he couldn’t be a part of it on this earth.