Last week we talked about bloodlines, and why it was important that the nation of Israel have clean souls as they entered into their Promised Land. We don’t always understand the mechanics, the how of God, even if we do understand the why. We know Christ’s blood raised people from the dead, and healed lepers as it flowed from His side, but do we really believe it is still that powerful today?
We say, “God, we put the blood of Jesus on every sin in our family line all the way back to Adam.” We pray it, but do we really believe it? I believe this story is direct proof of that truth. We must believe that Jesus wants to and can remove every sin and wound among us all the way back to the original sin.
That is exactly what happened that day to the Israelites, and it is what enabled them to take possession of their promised land. “And the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firm on dry ground in the midst of Jordan, and all the Israelites passed over on dry ground, until all the people were passed clean over Jordan.” Joshua 3:17 (AMPC)
They passed clean over the Jordan – clean, meaning no sin, no wound. Remember, that word pass means to make invalid and obsolete the law. Christ passed over before them and made obsolete and invalid every sin and wound that was against them all the way back to Adam. The term passed over is used 7 times in this chapter.
In the next chapter, Joshua 4, it says that the entire generation that passed over the Jordan were circumcised, which was an outward sign of what happened when they crossed the Jordan. They called that place Gilgal, which means the reproach of Egypt was rolled away!
The people had stuff in them that was in common with the enemies in the land they needed to take. Remember, the parents of the children that were crossing the Jordan lived under the influence of all the idolatry in Egypt. That idolatry was on their souls. The proof is what they did at the foot of Mount Horeb when Moses took a little too long in coming down from the mountain. They built a golden calf, just in case he didn’t come back down.
That idolatry was in the soul of the people and they passed it down to the next generation, who was now crossing the Jordan to take the promise land. A land that was occupied by nations that worshipped idols. In order to defeat those nations and take possession of the Promised Land, they couldn’t have anything in common with the people they were about to conquer.
That is why God sent the ark out in front of them, so that Jesus could pass over before them. He could make invalid and obsolete the accusations that were against them of every law they had broken. This is why God said he was going to do wonders among them, inside their souls, so they would have nothing in common with those nations. This is what Joshua said to them, “Hereby you shall know that the living God is among you and that He will surely drive out from before you the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites, and Jebusites…” Joshua 3:10
It is no coincidence that Joshua said this to them as they were crossing over to take the land from these idolatrous nations. It is not a coincidence that he said God is among you, meaning going inside of you to drive out the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites, and Jebusites.
The how of it is a bit more difficult to explain, but I believe God has given us some very real answers through people like Albert Einstein. Einstein said that time is like a river, and we know God uses symbols to represent time, like He did with the seven cows from Pharaoh’s dream. The fat cows were 7 years of prosperity, and the skinny cows were 7 years of famine. The cows came up out of the River Nile. I think that represents time. So perhaps the river represents the flow of time. Since this river backed up all the way to the town of Adam and we all began our journey with Adam. I believe God is showing us the HOW and not just the WHY. More next week, as we delve into the mysteries of our own souls, and opening the Ancient Gates, so the King of Glory may come in. -Katie