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Saturday, May 18 2019

A Bible Journey, 190: The River Cross

"As soon as the soles of the feet of the priests 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"

The Israelites were already then in inadvertent Israelite territory, east of the Jordan River (see The Land Of Israel: East Of Jordan), however the claiming of the land of Canaan was the required fulfillment of the Promise that the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God and A Bible Journey, 56: The Sacred Name) had made to Abraham before the Israelites even existed (see The Exodus Prophecy; see also The LORD's Seed Covenants With The Two Men Of Iraq).

Israel From Space

Joshua was given to complete the assigned task that the LORD had given Moses to begin (see A Bible Journey, 144: The Succession Of Joshua and A Bible Journey, 188: What Did The LORD Command Joshua To Do?).

"3:1 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. 3:2 And it came to pass after three days, that the officers went through the host; 3:3 And they commanded the people, saying, When ye see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, and the priests the Levites bearing it, then ye shall remove from your place, and go after it. 3:4 Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure: come not near unto it, that ye may know the way by which ye must go: for ye have not passed this way heretofore.

3:5 And Joshua said unto the people, Sanctify yourselves: for to morrow the LORD will do wonders among you. 3:6 And Joshua spake unto the priests, saying, Take up the ark of the covenant, and pass over before the people. And they took up the ark of the covenant, and went before the people." (Joshua 3:1-6 KJV)

In effect, the LORD made Joshua the Prime Minister of Israel, just as Moses had been under the LORD their King (see the Fact Finder question below to understand why the Kingdom of God is called KING-dom of God, and why God is called the FATHER). The nation of Israel was not a republic, born from a rebellion against a King, as numerous man-made nations have done as they came into existence and then eventually either collapsed into another revolution, or just faded away over the thousands of years of human history. It was nation that came out of man's ways, in which "every man is right in his own eyes," to follow the Way and the Law of the LORD, the King of the Kingdom of God.


The Levitical Priesthood at that time was the responsibility of Eleazar, the son of Aaron (see A Bible Journey, 120: Why Was The House Of Aaron Made Holy? and A Bible Journey, 121: The Three Branches Of Levi).

"3:7 And the LORD said unto Joshua, This day will I begin to magnify thee in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee. 3:8 And thou shalt command the priests that bear the ark of the covenant, saying, When ye are come to the brink of the water of Jordan, ye shall stand still in Jordan." (Joshua 3:7-8 KJV)

The Israelites crossed the Jordan River unopposed by the Canaanites. With a miracle from the LORD, the waters of the Jordan were parted, just as dry ground had been provided at the time of the Exodus: "As soon as the soles of the feet of the priests 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."

"3:9 And Joshua said unto the children of Israel, Come hither, and hear the words of the LORD your God. 3:10 And Joshua said, Hereby ye shall know that the living God is among you, and that he will without fail drive out from before you the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Hivites, and the Perizzites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Jebusites. 3:11 Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth passeth over before you into Jordan. 3:12 Now therefore take you twelve men out of the tribes of Israel, out of every tribe a man. 3:13 And it shall come to pass, as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests 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.

3:14 And it came to pass, when the people removed from their tents, to pass over Jordan, and the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people; 3:15 And as they that bare the ark were come unto Jordan, and the feet of the priests that bare the ark were dipped in the brim of the water, (for Jordan overfloweth all his banks all the time of harvest,) 3:16 That the waters which came down from above stood and rose up upon an heap very far from the city Adam, that is beside Zaretan: and those that came down toward the sea of the plain, even the salt sea, failed, and were cut off: and the people passed over right against Jericho. 3:17 And the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firm on dry ground in the midst of Jordan, and all the Israelites passed over on dry ground, until all the people were passed clean over Jordan." (Joshua 3:9-17 KJV)

Fact Finder: Why is the Kingdom of God called a KING-dom i.e. a "King's Domain"?
See A Bible Journey, 122: The Salvation Training Manual and God The Father In Law


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This Day In History

This Day In History, May 18

332: Roman Emperor Constantine proclaimed free distribution of food to the people of the city that would be named after him, Constantinople (see also Emperor Constantine's Sun Dogs and Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).


1152: Eleanor, duchess of Aquitaine and recently divorced from King Louis VII of France, married Henry Plantagenet (later Henry II of England) at Poitiers.


1291: The Sultan of Egypt and his son Ashraf took Acre, the last "Christian" stronghold in the "Holy Land" (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad; also A Bible Journey, 155: Their Journey Back To Egypt Today).

1565: The Ottoman Siege of Malta began (see The Fall Of The Muslim Empire).

The Ottoman Empire

1592: The Tanaka Memorial, Hideyoshi's plan for Japanese world domination was published. It was revived 349 years later prior to the December 1941 attacks on British, Australian and U.S. bases and possessions all across the Pacific and southeast Asia (see also Why Was Korea Divided Into North And South?)


1642: Montreal, Quebec was founded. Today, Montreal is the second-largest city in Canada, and the second-largest French-speaking city in the world (second only in population to Paris, France, although Montreal is larger in area).

1756: England declared war on France, thereby beginning the Seven Years' War.

Although known only as "the French and Indian War" in the U.S., it was actually a world war, fought on a larger geographic scale (Europe, North America, Central America, the West African coast, India, and the Philippines) than the two world wars of the twentieth century.

The Seven Years War

1792: Russia invaded Poland.

1803: Britain declared war on France after Napoleon Bonaparte continued his interference in Italy and Switzerland.

1804: Napoleon Bonaparte was proclaimed Emperor of France.


1830: Edwin Budding of England signed an agreement for manufacture of his invention - the lawn mower.

1845: Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin set out from England to map the Northwest Passage through the Arctic. He and his men of the "Franklin Expedition" never returned.

1966: An attempted assassin was killed in an explosion in a third floor washroom of the Canadian House of Commons in Ottawa, only steps away from the public viewing gallery. He had apparently planned to throw the bomb into the Government assembly, thereby killing the Prime Minister and many other members of Parliament, but it detonated prematurely.

1974: India became the sixth nation with nuclear weapons when its first bomb was successfully exploded in the Rajasthan Desert (see also Who Would Throw A Nuclear Boomerang?).


1980: 60 people were killed from eruption of Mount St. Helens in a remote area of Washington State. Scientists estimated the force of the eruption to be 2,500 times more powerful than the U.S. atomic bomb that was used to incinerate Hiroshima, Japan in 1945.

1982: A jury in New York City convicted Sun Myung Moon, founder and leader of the Unification Church (the "Moonies") of tax evasion. He served 13 months in prison.

1990: A modified French TVG train set a new world rail speed record at 515 kilometers per hour (320 miles per hour).

2009: The Sri Lankan Civil War ended after nearly 26 years of conflict.




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