Week 11  Day 5

This story of the second generation
        crossing the Jordan River
        on dry ground
        is little known
Maybe the second time
        you do something
        it is old hat
        and people hardly notice

It was spring
        the river was at flood stage
The priests set the example of faith
        they went into the water first
Then everyone
        follow the ark

Twelve stones were placed as a memorial
        so that they could never forget
        so that their children would ask about it
        and they could retell the experience
        generation after generation. 

                            CROSSING THE JORDAN
   Follow the ark into the river and the water will divide.
                                       Joshua 3 & 4

    1Then Joshua rose early in the morning; they set out and
came to the Jordan, and lodged there before they crossed
over.  2After three days, the officers went through the camp;
3saying, "When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord
your God, and the priests and Levites bearing it, then you
shall set out from your place and go after it.
    5Joshua said to the people, "Sanctify yourselves, because
tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you."  6Joshua
spoke to the priests, "Take the ark of the covenant and cross
over before the people.  When you have come to the edge of
the water of the Jordan, you shall stand in the Jordan."
    9Joshua said to the people, "Come, hear the words of the
Lord your God.  10Know that the living God is among you,
and that He will without fail drive out from before you the
Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites
and the Jebusites: 11Behold, the ark of the covenant of the
Lord of all the earth is crossing before you into the Jordan.''
    14So it was, when the people set out to cross the Jordan,
with the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the
people, 15and the feet of the priests who bore the ark dipped
in the edge of the water (for the Jordan overflows all its banks
during the whole time of harvest), 16that the waters from up
stream stood still, and rose in a heap and the people crossed
over opposite Jericho.  17Then the priests who bore the ark
stood firm on dry ground in the midst of the Jordan; and all
Israel crossed over on dry ground, until all the people had
crossed completely over the Jordan.
    4Joshua called twelve men, one man from every tribe and
said to them:  "Cross over before the ark into the midst of the
Jordan and each one of you take up a stone on his shoulder.''
20Those twelve stones which they took out of the Jordan,
Joshua set up in Gilgal.  21Then he spoke, saying: "When
your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying,
What are these stones?'  22then you shall let your children
know, saying, 'Israel crossed over this Jordan on dry land';
23for the Lord your God dried up the waters of the Jordan
as the Lord your God did to the Red Sea, 24that all the
people of the earth may know that the hand of the Lord is
mighty, and that you may fear the Lord your God forever."
            This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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