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I Will Begin to Exalt You

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In Joshua 3, God does a sovereign work among the Israelites. He “begins to exalt [Joshua] in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you.” So God controls the circumstances surrounding who will be exalted.

We also see God’s sovereign rule over nature because God causes the waters of the Jordan River to recede so that the Israelites can pass through on dry land, just as they did in the Red Sea. One other thought strikes me. The chapter concludes by saying that the priests and Israelites crossed over the Jordan on dry ground. Yet if a river had just been flowing on that ground, wouldn’t it have been quite muddy? Now I suppose the people could have waited long enough for it to dry up, but if they were to cross over immediately, it seems that God would have had to dry up the mud as well so that the ground would have been passable. This is conjecture on my part, but seems to be a logically corollary to what God did in pulling back the waters of the Jordan.

-D

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Written by Michael Duenes

April 13, 2015 at 4:32 am

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