After the Exodus, the circumstances were perilous for the Israelites. They had wandered in the wilderness for forty years because of rebellion and unbelief at Kadesh Barnea. Now they were at the banks of the Jordan. Would Israel resolve to forge ahead, or would they shrink from the circumstances as their fathers had done?
After the death of Israel’s great leader, Moses, God handpicks Joshua to succeed him. The task of rallying and leading the people falls to Joshua. Would the people galvanise behind Joshua? Or would they refuse his leadership? The Israelites faced a critical fork in the road.
Joshua’s first challenge is to cross the Jordan River at flood. God commands him to prepare the nation for a ceremonial procession and to begin walking, priests first, toward the Jordan River. When the priests touched water, God would part the water for them. (This is the second miraculous “parting of water” that God performed for Israel. The first was the parting of the Red Sea.) The people respond, and God parts the Jordan River for a distance of about twenty miles. They cross without incident, and the water begins flowing again.
Then Joshua told the people, “Make yourselves holy, because tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.”
What was Joshua preparing God’s people for tomorrow?
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