Joshua 3: 1-17, Exodus 19:9-15, Hebrews 4: 8-11, John 15: 4-5
- God wants more from your life, than you want from yourself. He is always reminding us in Scripture of His love and mercy for us, and His desire for his children to be free, holy and alive.
- Attentiveness to God – We cannot follow God with our eyes on the world. Eyes attentive to Him.
- One verse tells of how Israel crosses the Jordan, but the entire chapter builds us up to it.
Preparations for Crossing (Joshua 3:1-6)
- This happened on the 7th day of preparations, but they had been waiting for centuries for this promise.
Consecration (Exodus 19:9-15)
- What is consecration?
- Removing things that keep us from experiencing the presence and blessing of God.
Instructions for Crossing (3:7-17)
God lifts up Joshua, not for Joshua’s glory, but for God’s name and glory.
LOOK: The ark of the covenant. Look here is your God. Put your attention to who God is and what God is doing.
Written to savor and enjoy this experience. Not as important THAT they crossed, but HOW they crossed, by God’s power.
Points us to the Miracle of Jesus
- Exodus from slavery, God has let us go of our chains.
- Entrance to Canaan, God has given us new life, and fills us with life.
- This miracle is pointing to another miracle that will completely release us from the slavery to sin and death. Fully align our hearts to God, and let us experience Him.
Points us to the new Mediator
- Priests enter the river, carrying God’s presence.
- NT priests carry the Gospel message into the darkness of the world
- Also the NT speaks of the priesthood of all believers. You don’t need the title “priest” to bring God’s presence into the darkness of the world.
- Where God had once been revered in an ark, he is now alive in the hearts and souls of his people through faith in Christ.
- Since Christ mediates for us, goes before us, we can follow Him.
Points us to Heaven Coming – The final crossing
Foretaste of the final rest to come (Hebrews 4:8-11)
"One of the great tragedies of the Christian life is when we try to live the Christian life without experiencing the goodness of God."
"Concecration is the action of removing things that keep you from knowing God and enjoying God's blessings."
"Joshua's great claim to leadership is not going to be his accomplishment, it's going to be God's work."
"God promises these great miracles and wonders not just to show what He's doing for His people, but so that he would BE with His people. The miracles are a way for us to engage with the presence of God, not just to see what He can do."
"Put your attention to who God is and what God is doing."
"The miracle of the Jordan is pointing us to the miracle of Christ."
"God's presence is no longer contained in a box or a temple. The holy, perfect, powerful presence of God is made available to you and to me through faith in Jesus."
“How do we receive those benefits which the Father bestowed on his only-begotten Son – not for Christ’s own private use, but that he might enrich poor and needy men? First we must understand, that as long as Christ remains outside of us, and we are separated from him, all that he has suffered and done for the salvation of the human race remains useless and of no value for us.” -John Calvin
"If you don't allow Christ to saturate your heart and your life, you've missed the promise."
- What is keeping you from enjoying God? What do you enjoy more than the Lord?
- What are you wasting time doing that is keeping you in the same cycles of life?
- What can you separate from for a time that you would be prepared for the next season?
- Where have you taken your eyes off the Lord?
- What is keeping you from experiencing Christ and allowing him to fully enter your heart?
Lord of Lords
Though You Slay Me
Came To My Rescue
This is Our God