As servants of God, we have to read the Bible in order
to know its purpose. That is the Bible which drives us into salvation,
so we can discover both our heart and God’s one.
These mentioned chapters above say about the Israelites
crossing Jordan river.
This river means death spiritually.
What enabled them to cross it, was the ark of covenant
content : The engraved laws on stones ; which mean the word of God
People who didn’t have the word of God didn’t cross the river of Death.
Remember that in order to humble his people in the
desert, God tested their hearts and taught them that man doesn’t live
only by bread, but also with the word of God’s mouth. He taught them
also to obey his commands and walk in his way. We observe
that one group followed the concepts of God aside another which
disobeyed . Only the obedient group was able to cross Jordan, the
river of death.
The same way, the starting point of salvation is like
wilderness, because at the beginning people are not sharing the true
You have to understand that the way God went in the past with
Israelites remains the same towards us today.
Here are the works that must be performed by God at
that starting point taken as a wilderness : Humbling you ; testing
your faith for checking that it comes from God’s word ; and
discipline you to obey his commands and working into his path.
Deteuronomy 8 :1-9
The Bible says that the priests stood in the middle
of Jordan first till the whole nation crossed the river. After twelve
men from twelve tribes of Israel took everyone one stone from the
place the priests were standing.
Those priests represent the servants of God and
Joshua represents Jesus Christ.
For the priests to stand in the middle of the river
till the whole nation crossed means that the servants of God today
have to minister the true Gospel to the congregation or church that
people get salvation.
The twelve stones were taken at Gilgal as memorial
for ever of the stopping of Jordan waters to flow. This to the next
Other stones taken by Joshua were put where priests
stood in the river, first to remember the continuation of ministering
the Gospel in the church. also to show that there is death to
unbelievers in regard of the true Gospel.
Joshua 4 :1-9
Both the men of Ruben and Gad with the half of the
men of Manasseh crossed over armed the river in front of Israelites
as Moses directed them.
This teach us that the salvation is a spiritual war, not
against flesh and blood but against the rulers, the authorities, the
powers of this dark world and the spiritual forces of evil in heavenly
As those people carried weapons, the same way today in
salvation we must have the armor of God that we could stand firm at
that spiritual battle.
Here is this whole armor :
-Belt is the truth which is the word of God. John 17 :17
-The breastplate which is righteousness.
-Feet fitted with readiness stand for the gospel of peace
-the shield stands for faith.
-Helmet for salvation
‘Sword of the the spirit for the word of God.
The believers must put on the full armor of god, for the
days of evil are approaching that we may stand firm . Joshua 4
:12-13, Ephesians 6 :10-17
The Bible says about Jesus Christ when he was washing
the disciple’s feet.
When Peter didn’t want his feet to be washed by Jesus, Jesus replied
that unless he washed him, peter would have not part with him.
Washing Disciple’s feet refer to cleansing of their sins.
What could be the relationship with the preacher and the congregation
which doesn’t believe. Even with Christ.
Retain that the Israelites to cross the river of
death (Jordan), would follow the guidance from Joshua who was
connected to God.
The same way, if we don’t believe the Gospel, we will
not inherit eternal life in order to share life with Jesus Christ.