I can just imagine it.
after a trip that only need take 11 days turned to forty years
food from heaven to sustain
old life dying off and making room for new
And the command comes.
be strong and courageous.
And new spies go to re-visit the land of the strong hold, and realize that its not so strong, and they know they can defeat that which held them captive for 40 years.
But there is one thing left in the way.
the Jordan River
Calm most of the year, but the season is Harvest, and the river is overflowing its own banks, fast flowing, and looks like death.
And Israel can only recall stories of the great Red Sea, for they themselves were not present to witness the miracle of water folding back on itself. And Moses is not with them to raise staff over head and command "Part!".
And God has been invisible for 40 years, only showing Himself through manna and quail and even then, consistent gifts from God loose majesty, don't they.
Be Strong and Courageous
Joshua prepares Israel for task a head by commanding purity, for God will do great things.
And to the Priests, the ones chosen to bare the Ark, the dwelling of God, he tells to step out into the river.
For this time around, the walk is by faith, not by sight. The way is not made easy, or so it seems.
there is no parting of water before stepping out, no proof of salvation
because God does not always do things the same way.
Deciding to let Israel walk the path unknown, He chooses to stay hidden even now.
So the Priests step out into the river, feet touching current, water easily able to take them
Be STRONG and COURAGEOUS
And by Faith water parts
And God is in the middle of it all, holding back death itself to make way clear for His kids.
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