Exodus 12:13 - The blood will be a sign for you on your houses; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. Joshua 3:11 - See, the Ark of the Covenant of the Lord of all the earth will go into the Jordan ahead of you. Joshua 4:8 – They took 12 stones from the middle of the Jordan…and they carried them over with them to the camp, where they put them down. Joshua 4:9 – Joshua set up twelve stones that had been in the middle of the Jordan at the spot where the priests who carried the Ark had stood. Joshua 5:3 – So Joshua made flint knives and circumcised the Israelites… 1 Corinthians 10:11 – These things happened to them for examples and were written down as warnings for us… Ephesians 1:3 – Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in Christ. Ephesians 6:10-11 – Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God in order to stand against the devil’s schemes.
Because of political conditions in the Middle East today, crossing the Jordan River from the country of Jordan to Israel is not a “piece of cake.” Careful passport checks and baggage searches can take a big chunk out of the day for a modern Holy Land tour! And, for very different reasons, it was no “piece of cake” when the Israelites crossed the Jordan River under the leadership of Joshua at the end of the 15th century BC (about 1400 BC). The river was at flood stage (Joshua 3:15) and there were no boats and no bridges. Furthermore, they were entering enemy territory opposite Jericho, a major fortress city of the Canaanites. But in spite of the problems, Israel crossed the Jordan River because God had promised them the Land. With a mighty miracle, the waters of the Jordan River were cut off and the people of Israel crossed the Jordan without even getting their sandals wet. Besides the obvious practical application that our all-powerful God can do amazing miracles and accomplish His purpose on our behalf against all odds, there is more for us to learn from the inspired record of Israel crossing the Jordan. In fact, 1 Corinthians 10:11 says that “all these things happened to them [the Israelites] as an example for us.” “All these things” refers to all the events in the journey of the Israelites from Egypt to the Land that God had promised them.