In the old testament God delivered the Israelites out of bondage to Egypt and this glorified God in the eyes of the world, but I wonder what the Egyptians would say if they knew that the Israelites wandered for so long in the wilderness because they didn't believe God enough to be confident that as He had delivered them from Egypt, He would also deliver them into Canaan. When the Israelites crossed the Red Sea, they were running from their enemies, but when they crossed the Jordan they would be confronting their enemy head on. When they crossed the Red Sea the waters parted for them before they stepped in but when they crossed the Jordan the priests had to put their feet in the waters (at flood stage), before the waters would part.
Crossing the Jordan required more faith. Crossing the Red Sea was done by the mercy of God . God provided all they needed. Whereas crossing the Jordan was done by the grace of God. In this case God also provided -but He required more cooperation considering he was asking them to run towards the thing they feared. They would have to have a deeper level of faith to do this. " There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear: because fear has torment. He that fears is not made perfect in love." 1 John 4:18
Because the Red Sea was an escape from those they feared and the Jordan was escape from fear itself through confrontation of it HEAD ON! When we confront fear in the risen power of our Savior who confronted death head-on we bring glory to Him in a way that says I AM A CHILD OF THE KING, and I am wearing His righteous robes to prove it!
Ephesians 6:10-11 Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of his might.
But put you on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof
- WE HAVE THIS TREASURE IN EARTHEN VESSELS THAT THE EXCELLENCY OF THE POWER MAY BE OF GOD. I am the wife Of Don and mother of two boys and a stay at home mom. My goal is to follow Jesus in all aspects of life but starting first and foremost in my own home.Titus 2:3-5 I stumble often and get discouraged, but am amazed as I go to my Lord in faith that he looks upon me with compassion, forgiveness and love each and every time. His love for me seems to increase as I keep going back to His throne of grace!! Of course I know His love never changes, but my ability to see His love increases each time He picks me up, dusts me off and says "keep on going Ruth.... I love you!" And because of His great love, I am falling more and more in love with Him each and every day.