Joshua to the children of Israel: Okay people, listen up. Today we go into the promsied land and you’re all going to know that God is with us. We’re going to watch Him drive out the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites, and Jebusites.
We already saw in the last chapter that people had already begun to talk. All the “ites” had begun to talk. Rahab told the two spies that people were “living in terror” having heard of how the Lord had made a dry path through the Red Sea. No one had the courage to fight after hearing such things.
Now, Joshua tells the priests to bring out the “secret weapon,” the “big guns”:
3…”When you see the Levitical priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant of the LORD your God, follow them. 4 Since you have never traveled this way before, they will guide you. Stay about a half mile behind them, keeping a clear distance between you and the Ark. Make sure you don’t come any closer.”
It must have been an exciting day. After all this time, it was finally the day to see victory. God had everything prepared. Joshua told everyone to purify themselves.
Isn’t it cül that as soon as the priests’ feet touched the water, the river piled up in one heap. Downstream, it dried up. Where they were to cross, it was once again dry ground.
One thing that stuck out to me is the first four words in this chapter: “Early the next morning.” Those who would bring great things to pass, must rise early. “Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty.” – Proverbs 20:13
I don’t know if you sense it, but God is on the move. He’s definitely up to something. The heat has been turned up and He is seeking those who will rise early, purify themselves and cross the river and follow Him. With Him in the lead, what is there fear?