How to cross the River Jordan in our life? Part-1

Crossing the River Jordan

January 15, 2021Author: hephzibahgarden

The Israelites had to cross the river Jordan before entering the Promised Land of Canaan.

Every believer also has a River Jordan to cross in their life. Spiritually, this River Jordan refers to the last and final hurdle you and me will have to encounter, before moving on to meet Jesus on the other shore.

Here are 4 ways through which we can cross the River:

  • By using the Counsel of Hushai
  • With the help of the Priests and Ark of Covenant
  • Using the mantle
  • By using the Staff

Using the counsel of Hushai

With the counsel of Hushai, David and his men were able to overcome a Jordan like situation in their life. Hushai was king David’s friend, he gave the right counsel to the king and his men. 2 Samuel 15:37. Ahitophel was also a counsellor to king David, but he was a conspirator. David did not listen to his counsel because Ahitophel was conspiring to create division between David and his son Absalom. David chose to rather listen to his friend, because he gave him the correct counsel on how to cross Jordan. 2 Samuel 17:14-16,22.

Spiritually, Hushai is a shadow of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the best friend and guide a believer can possibly have to navigate through life. A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24. Yes..!! He is a friend who sticks closer than a brother to us. He gives us the best counsel through His Word. Therefore, He is Wonderful in counsel and excellent in working. Isaiah 28:29, 9:6. Therefore, in our spiritual life, in order to cross the river Jordan, we need good counsel. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. Psalm 73:24.

With the help of the Priests and Ark of Covenant

During the journey of the Israelites, the Priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant helped them to cross the river Jordan. In the harvest season, the river Jordan overflows all of its banks. Nevertheless as soon as the feet of the Priests carrying the Ark of Covenant touched the waters, the river got divided into two parts. It stood as a wall on both sides for the people to travel across.

And it came to pass, when the people removed from their tents, to pass over Jordan, and the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people; And as they that bare the ark were come unto Jordan, and the feet of the priests that bare the ark were dipped in the brim of the water, (for Jordan overfloweth all his banks all the time of harvest,) That the waters which came down from above stood and rose up upon an heap very far from the city Adam, that is beside Zaretan: and those that came down toward the sea of the plain, even the salt sea, failed, and were cut off: and the people passed over right against Jericho.Joshua 3:14,15,16.

The Priests refers to the Spirit baptised ministers that the Lord has given the Church, as overseers. The Ark refers to the fellowship of the saints or the Church of God. As members of the Body of Christ, when we abide in the fellowship God gave us, remain stedfast under the guidance of these overseers, we will be able to cross the river Jordan. Psalm 50:5.

(…to be continued)

Footsteps of God

 / MULYALE MUTISYA

‘Your path led through the mighty waters, though your footsteps were not seen’ ~ Psalm 77:19

One follows only what they know. The path one takes determines their destination. ‘Whether a tree falls to the south or to the north, in the place where it falls, there it shall be’ (Ecclesiastes 11:3). When the Israelites were making their journey from Egypt to the Promised Land, ‘By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light’ (Exodus 13:21).

Along the way, the people became corrupt and were ‘quick to turn away from what I (God) commanded them’ (32:v7). Now, an angel went before them because God said, ‘I will not go with you, because you are a stiff-necked people and I might destroy you on the way’ (33:v3). From then on, the Israelites could not experience God’s direct guidance, but through leaders who God directed to lead them.

Ever since then, the Israelites sought for a more direct way to know God, and did it in all the wrong ways. Even after occupying the Promised Land, instead of resting in the Lord, they continued to wander in the desert of sin and idolatry. God says of them, ‘they greatly love to wander, they do not restrain their feet’ (Jeremiah 14:10). They walked ‘in ways not good, pursuing their own imaginations’ (Isaiah 65:2). As a result, they ‘followed worthless idols and became worthless themselves’ (Jeremiah 2:5).

God says they ‘exchanged my Glory for worthless idols’ (v11). In fact, God tells them, ‘You have many gods as you have towns’ (v28). Besides following what their hands created, the Israelites also followed the guidance of the galaxy. Instead of following the God Way, they followed the Milky Way and so God decrees, ‘They will be exposed to the sun and the moon and all the stars of heaven, which they loved and served and which they have followed and consulted and worshipped’ (8:v2).

After seeing that the people He called had forgotten Him, ‘days without number’ (Jeremiah 2:32), God comes to a conclusion; ‘My people are fools, they do not know me. They are senseless children; they have no understandingThey are skilled in doing evil; they do not know how to do good’ (4:v22). This is because, instead of following God, they ‘followed the stubborn inclinations of their evil hearts. They went backward and not forward’ (7:v24). The situation was so dire that even ‘The priests did not ask, ‘Where is the Lord?’ Those who deal with the law did not know me; the leaders rebelled against me. The prophets prophesied by Baal, following worthless idols’ (2:v8). The Lord saw that His ‘flock lacks a shepherd’ (Ezekiel 34:8) and proceeds to say that, ‘I myself will search for my sheep and look after them . . . I will search for the lost and bring back the straysI will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak, but the sleek and strong I will destroy, I will shepherd the flock with justice’ (v11,20).

Once again, God Himself would lead His people from the bondage of sin and captivity, leading them to the Promised Land, to eternity. This time though, He would not lead them with a pillar of cloud or fire. Rather, ‘his own arm worked salvation for him’ (Isaiah 59:16). This time round, the footsteps of God would be visible to all because God Himself would go ahead and lead. He says, ‘this time I will teach them my power and might. Then they will know that my name is the Lord’ (Jeremiah 16:21). This is because God saw that ‘the entire earth is defiled by its people; they have disobeyed the laws, violated the statues’ (24:v5). And the core reason was that ‘they do not know the way of the Lord, the requirements of their God’ (5:v4). Unfortunately, some out of ignorance or because they do not care to know, ‘are destroyed for lack of knowledge’ (Hosea 4:6).

‘No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only who is at the Father’s side, has made him known’ (John 1:18). So when God came to lead His people, many did not know Him for ‘no one knows who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him’ (Luke 10:22). The footsteps of God can only be identified and followed by the one whose spiritual eyes have been opened because ‘no one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven’ (John 3:13). Only by believing in Jesus, can one get their spiritual eyes opened. So when Jesus came, He told those who remained in unbelief even after He Himself said who He was; ‘You have no idea where I came from or where I am going’ (8:v14).

Jesus, God in the flesh says, ‘I am from above’ (8:v23) and adds, ‘if you knew me, you would know my Father also’ (v19). All of Jesus’s teachings boiled down to Him being the only way that lead to God. He says that, ‘whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life’ (v12). When Thomas asks Jesus, ‘Lord we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?’ (14:5), Jesus makes a final declaration, ‘I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’ (v6).

In saying this, Jesus discounted all other ways that try to get to God so that ‘Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son’ (3:v18). To those who believe in Christ and are saved, Jesus urges them to study Him through Scripture, learn His ways, and then ‘Go and do likewise’ (Luke 10:37) because ‘if you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples’ (8:v31).

‘To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps‘ ~ 1 Peter 2:21

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