by Wayne Blank
Where The Waters "rose up upon a heap"
It was the second time that The Lord miraculously used natural means (not a contradiction - see Is This How The Red Sea Parted?) for the people of Israel to cross a barrier of water. The first, at the Red Sea, "The Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land" (Exodus 14:21 KJV) and the Jordan was crossed by a temporary dam about 30 miles upriver, near Zaretan.
"And it shall come to pass, as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests [see Levites] that bear The Ark of The Lord, The Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of Jordan, that the waters of Jordan shall be cut off from the waters that come down from above; and they shall stand upon an heap."
In later years, a casting facility was established at Zaretan / Zeredathah for the making of the metal articles of the Temple that The Lord commanded to be built (see Temples, also "My Father's House"):
"And Huram made the pots, and the shovels, and the basins. And Huram finished the work that he was to make for King Solomon for the house of God; To wit, the two pillars, and the pommels, and the chapiters which were on the top of the two pillars, and the two wreaths to cover the two pommels of the chapiters which were on the top of the pillars; And four hundred pomegranates on the two wreaths; two rows of pomegranates on each wreath, to cover the two pommels of the chapiters which were upon the pillars. He made also bases, and lavers made he upon the bases; One sea, and twelve oxen under it. The pots also, and the shovels, and the fleshhooks, and all their instruments, did Huram his father make to king Solomon for the house of The Lord of bright brass see Brass, Bronze, Copper]."
Fact Finder: How does the territorial extent of the land of Israel differ today from the time of King Solomon?