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The people pass over Jordan on dry land. i And Joshua rose early in the children of Israel, Come hither, morning; and they removed from and hear the words of the LORD Shittim, and came to Jordan, he your God. and all the children of Israel, 10 And Joshua said, Hereby and lodged there before they ye shall know that the living God passed over.
is among you, and that he will 2 And it came to pass after without fail drive out from before three days, that the officers went you the Canaanites, and the Hitthrough the host;
tites, and the Hivites, and the 3 And they commanded the Perizzites, and the Girgashites, people, saying, When ye see the and the Amorites, and the Jeark of the covenant of the Lord busites. your God, and the priests the 11 Behold, the ark of the coLevites bearing it, then ye shall venant of the Lord of all the remove from your place, and go earth passeth over before you after it.
into Jordan. 4 Yet there shall be a space
12 Now therefore take you between you and it, about two twelve men out of the tribes of thousand cubits by measure: Israel, out of every tribe a man. come not near unto it, that ye may 13 And it shall come to pass, know the way by which ye must as soon as the soles of the feet of go: for ye have not passed this the priests that bear the ark of way heretofore.
the LORD, the LORD of all the 5 And Joshua said unto the earth, shall rest in the waters of people, Sanctify yourselves : for Jordan, that the waters of Jordan to morrow the LORD will do shall be cut off from the waters wonders among you.
that come down from above; and 6 And Joshua spake unto the they shall stand upon an heap. priests, saying, Take up the ark 14 And it came to pass, when of the covenant, and pass over the people removed from their before the people. And they tents
, to pass over Jordan, and took up the ark of the covenant, the priests bearing the ark of and went before the people. the covenant before the people;
7 And the LORD said unto 15 And as they that bare the Joshua, This day will I begin to ark were come unto Jordan, and magnify thee in the sight of all the feet of the priests that bare Israel, that they may know that, the ark were dipped in the brim as I was with Moses, so I will be of the water, (for Jordan overwith thee,
floweth all his banks all the time 8 And thou shalt command the of harvest,) priests that bear the ark of the 16 That the waters which came covenant, saying, When ye are down from above stood and rose come to the brink of the water of up upon an heap very far from Jordan, ye shall stand still in the city Adam, that is beside Jordan.
Zaretan: and those that came 9 And Joshua said unto the down toward the sea of the plain, even the salt sea, failed, and were LORD stood firm on dry ground cut off: and the people passed in the midst of Jordan, and all over right against Jericho. the Israelites passed over on dry
17 And the priests that bare ground, until all the people were the ark of the covenant of the passed clean over Jordan.
LECTURE 368. Of glorifying God for the help of his grace. “ We have heard,” said Rahab to the spies,“ how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you, when ye came out of Egypt." Ch. 2. 10. And yet the men of Jericho doubtless thought to be protected by the waters of Jordan, at least as long as it was overflowing its banks. How great must have been their surprise and terror, to see the waters which came down from above stand and rise up upon an heap, whilst those which went down toward the sea failed and were cut off; so that the priests which bare the ark stood firm in the midst of Jordan, and all the Israelites passed over on dry ground ! But if this was a sight of terror to the Canaanites, how largely must it have confirmed the faith of the men of Israel in the loving kindness of the Lord ! “ Hereby ye shall know,” said Joshua, " that the living God is among you." This was the use to which he would have them apply the miracle. “ And the Lord said unto Joshua, This day will I begin to magnify thee in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that as I was with Moses so I will be with thee.” God designs to magnify his servant Joshua. But he for his part desires to give all the glory to God. Joshua is herein a true type of Jesus; a type in his character, as well as in his name. For he teaches us, as Jesus has taught us more at large, both by his example, and by his commands, to make the glory, which God gives us by his grace, redound to the praise of Him who gives it. Has then God been pleased to magnify us? Has He wrought in us any measure of that holiness which proves Him to have been with us, mighty to help? Has He enabled us to walk in safety through the waters of temptation, and to pass in defiance of our enemy any formidable barrier in our way to heaven? If so, though it be true that this is glorious to ourselves, though it be indeed the highest glory we can have on earth to grow in godliness and likeness unto God, still let us gladly cast our crowns, as we hope to do in heaven, before Him that sitteth upon the throne; see Rev. 4. 10; and let us say to them who are inclined to give the praise to us, Hereby ye may know that the living God has been our Helper, hereby ye may be encouraged to rely upon his help. God is able, God is willing, to deliver you from your enemies. Put your trust in Him, and be assured by us, for we have found it to be true, that they which trust in Him shall never be confounded.
Twelve stones are pitched in Jordan, and at Gilgal. 1 And it came to pass, when place where they lodged, and all the people were clean passed laid them down there. over Jordan, that the Lordspake 9 And Joshua set up twelve unto Joshua, saying,
stones in the midst of Jordan, in 2 Take you twelve men out of the the place where the feet of the people, out of every tribe a man, priests which bare the ark of the
3 And command ye them, say- covenant stood: and they are ing, Take you hence out of the there unto this day. midst of Jordan, out of the place 10 For the priests which bare where the priests' feet stood firm, the ark stood in the midst of twelve stones, and ye shall carry Jordan, until every thing was them over with you, and leave finished that the Lord commandthem in the lodging place, where ed Joshua to speak unto the peoye shall lodge this night. ple, according to all that Moses
Then Joshua called the commanded Joshua: and the twelve men, whom he had pre- people hasted and passed over. pared of the children of Israel, il And it came to pass, when out of every tribe a man: all the people were clean passed
5 And Joshua said unto them, over, that the ark of the LORD Pass over before the ark of the passed over, and the priests, in Lord your God into the midst the presence of the people. of Jordan, and take you up every 12 And the children of Reuman of you a stone upon his ben, and the children of Gad, and shoulder, according unto the half the tribe of Manasseh, passed number of the tribes of the overarmed before the children of children of Israel :
Israel,as Moses spake unto them: 6 That this may be asignamong
13 About forty thousand preyou, that when your children ask pared for war passed over before their fathers in time to come, the Lord unto battle, to the saying, What mean ye by these plains of Jericho. stones?
14 On that day the Lord 7 Then ye shall answer them, magnified Joshua in the sight of That the waters of Jordan were all Israel; and they feared him, cut off before the ark of the co- as they feared Moses, all the venant of the LORD; when it days of his life. passed over Jordan, the waters of 15 And the LORD spake unto Jordan were cut off : and these Joshua, saying, stones shall be for a memorial un- 16 Command the priests that to the children of Israel for ever. bear the ark of the testimony, that
8 And the children of Israel they come up out of Jordan. did so as Joshua commanded, and 17 Joshua therefore commandtook up twelve stones out of the ed the priests, saying, Come ye midst of Jordan, as the Lord up out of Jordan. spake unto Joshua, according to 18 And it came to pass, when the number of the tribes of the the priests that bare the ark of children of Israel, and carried the covenant of the Lord were them over with them unto the come up out of the midst of Jordan, and the soles of the priests’ thers in time to come, saying, feet were lifted up unto the dry What mean these stones ? land, that the waters of Jordan 22 Then ye shall let your chilreturned unto their place, and dren know, saying, Israel came flowed over all his banks, as they over this Jordan on dry land. did before.
23 For the LORD your God 19 And the people came up dried up the waters of Jordan out of Jordan on the tenth day from before you, until ye were of the first month, and encamped passed over, as the LORD your in Gilgal, in the east border of God did to the Red sea, which Jericho.
he dried up from before us, un20 And those twelve stones, til we were gone over: which they took out of Jordan, 24 That all the people of the did Joshua pitch in Gilgal. earth might know the hand of
21 And he spake unto the the LORD, that it is mighty : children of Israel, saying, When that ye might fear the Lord your children shall ask their fa
God for ever. LECTURE 369. In what case a memorial is proof of a miracle. A memorial of a miracle, purporting to be set up at the very time when the miracle was wrought, is a strong proof that the miracle really took place. The twelve stones which were pitched in Gilgal must often have suggested the question, “ What mean ye by these stones?" And unless we could suppose that all the Israelites were deceived, or were capable of wilfully deceiving, in a matter so obvious to the sense, we cannot but admit their account of this miracle, we cannot gainsay the fact to which they testify, “ Israel came over this Jordan on dry land.” Two chief uses of such a permanent memorial are mentioned at the conclusion of this chapter: “ That all the people of the earth might know the hand of the Lord, that it is mighty:” and “ that ye might fear the Lord your God for ever.” These words suggest the two different kinds of effect, which are produced by God's marvellous works in the revelation of his truth, first on the world, and secondly on them that believe. The world cannot deny " the hand of the Lord, that it is mighty.” The worldly minded must admit God's great power, when convinced by unanswerable arguments, that the mighty works, by which the Gospel was confirmed, really took place. They own that so it was. But all the while they are saying to themselves, in the hardness of their hearts, What is that to us? Believers do more than know, they feel. Their hearts are affected by the conviction of their minds. The things of which they are convinced most deeply concern themselves. And they are convinced of this also. They fear the Lord their God. They fear to transgress his will. They learn to love to do it. And instead of pleading unconcern in the great things which God reveals, they are ready to say for their parts, To us these things are all in all.
The Israelites are all circumcised at Gilgal. 1 And it came to pass, when Joshua circumcised : for they all the kings of the Amorites, were uncircumcised, because which were on the side of Jordan they had not circumcised them westward, and all the kings of by the way. the Canaanites, which were by And it came to pass, when the sea, heard that the Lord had they had done circumcising all dried up the waters of Jordan the people, that they abode in from before the children of Is- their places in the camp, till they rael, until we were passed over, were whole. that their heart melted, neither 9 And the LORD said unto was there spiritin them any more, Joshua, This day have I rolled because of the children of Israel. away the reproach of Egypt from 2 At that time the LORD said off
Wherefore the name of unto Joshua, Make thee sharp the place is called Gilgal unto knives, and circumcise again the this day. children of Israel the second time. 10 And the children of Israel
3 And Joshua made him sharp encamped in Gilgal, and kept knives, and circumcised the the passover on the fourteenth children of Israel at the hill of day of the month at even in the the foreskins.
plains of Jericho. 4 And this is the cause why Jo- 11 And they did eat of the old shua did circumcise: Allthe peo- corn of the land on the morrow ple that came out of Egypt, that after the passover, unleavened were males,even allthe men of war, cakes, and parched corn in the died in the wilderness by the way, self-same day. after they came out of Egypt. 12 And the manna ceased on
5 Now all the people that came the morrow after they had eaten out were circumcised: but all the of the old corn of the land; neipeople that were born in the wil- ther had the children of Israel derness by the way as they came manna any more; but they did forth out of Egypt, them they eat of the fruit of the land of had not circumcised.
Canaan that year, . 6 For the children of Israel 13 And it came to pass,
when walked forty years in the wilder- Joshua was by Jericho, that he ness, till all the people that were lifted up his eyes and looked, men of war, which came out of and, behold, there stood a man Egypt, were consumed, because over against him with his sword they obeyed not the voice of the drawn in his hand : and Joshua Lord: unto whom the LORD went unto him, and said unto sware that he would not shew him, Art thou for us, or for our them the land, which the Lord adversaries? sware unto their fathers that he 14 And he said, Nay; but as would give us, a land that flow- captain of the host of the LORD eth with milk and honey. am I now come. And Joshua fell
7 And their children, whom he on his face to the earth, and did raised up in their stead, them worship, and said unto him, What