The people came up out of Jordan

Joshua 4:19-24 Twice the LORD had taken Israel over a body of water on dry ground. The first time God parted the Red Sea in order to deliver Israel for their enemies; the Egyptians. The second time the LORD cut off the Jordan River in order to lead Israel into battles through which the Canaan would be given them. As I contemplated this I realized a beautiful picture of the Christian life. We understand that the Passover and departure of Israel from Egypt represents the sinners deliverance from sin and his translation from the kingdom of Satan into the kingdom of God’s dear Son. Just as Pharaoh was pursued after by his former captor, Satan pursues after his lost prey and God always provides a way of escape for “greater is he that is in you, than he that is in this world.” God then took Israel to the base of Mt. Sinai where He gave them His law, taught  them how to worship Him, and told them how to live in the land He would give them. You might say that God took a bunch of former slaves and made them trained soldiers. In similar fashion after a person is delivered from sin and Satan the Lord Jesus instructed that they are to be taught “to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.” This discipleship process is intended of the Lord to prepare His children for battle! It is clear that God’s desire is to send every believer across the” Jordan River” to do exploits for Him. By Paul’s pen God says that we are to “endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” He further states that “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.” Our process of discipleship is intended of God to separate us from the world so that we are prepared “unto every good work.” May we be helped of the Lord to see our lives in such terms. May we be faithful to receive our training. May we be faithful to cross the river and do exploits for God that results in other precious lives finding the deliverance from sin and Satan. May we then be faithful to “teach them to observe all things” so they may then join us across the river serving the Captain of the host!

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