For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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And the people of Israel did just as Joshua commanded and took up twelve stones out of the midst of the Jordan, according to the number of the tribes of the people of Israel, just as the LORD told Joshua. And they carried them over with them to the place where they lodged and laid them down there.
And Joshua set up twelve stones in the midst of the Jordan, in the place where the feet of the priests bearing the ark of the covenant had stood; and they are there to this day.
For the priests bearing the ark stood in the midst of the Jordan until everything was finished that the LORD commanded Joshua to tell the people, according to all that Moses had commanded Joshua. The people passed over in haste.
And when all the people had finished passing over, the ark of the LORD and the priests passed over before the people.
The sons of Reuben and the sons of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh passed over armed before as the people of Israel, as Moses had told them.
About 40,000 ready for war passed over before the LORD for battle, to the plains of Jericho.
On that day the LORD exalted Joshua in the sight of all Israel, and they stood in awe of him just as they had stood in awe of Moses, all the days of his life.
For men to willingly follow a leader into battle there needs to be an assurance that those leading are truly following God. God gave the men that assurance in Joshua as he was obedient to the Words of God. There is a great responsibility given to those who would lead and that is to be sure they are ‘following the ark.’ For the follower there is also a responsibility to be sure of the direction the leader takes. Does it fall in line with God’s Word? We are therefore coming back to the place of knowing God, and knowing his Word and His voice. It is to our souls’ good health to be sure we follow the Word of God.
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