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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).
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.
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.
Fact Finder: Why is the Kingdom of God called a KING-dom i.e. a "King's Domain"?
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).
1565: The Ottoman Siege of Malta began (see The Fall Of The Muslim 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?)
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.
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.
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?).
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.