The priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firm on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan, while all Israel passed by until the whole nation had completed the crossing on dry ground: Josh 3;

The whole nation of over a million people, along with their flocks, crossed the Jordan on the dry ground while the water got cut off.  The priests stood firm in the middle of the river awaiting the people finished crossing. God truly was the worker of the miracle against nature in the history of man;

  • What could we observe the power of God from the way He performs the miracle for His people? See also Ex 14:27-29  Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at daybreak, the sea went back to its place. The Egyptians were fleeing toward it, and the LORD swept them into the sea. The water flowed back and covered the chariots and horsemen–the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed the Israelites into the sea. Not one of them survived.  But the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.
  • What could we observe the way God asked His people to get prepared for His miracle? See also Ex 14:13-14 Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.  The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
  • What is God saying to you about your experience of His fight for yourself? See also Ps 68:19-20  Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. Selah  Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign LORD comes escape from death.
  • What is an area of your life, God says that He would carry our burden?
  • What do you want to do about it to see God at work?

The priests stood firm on dry ground with the ark of the God of all earth: read Josh 3;

Those priests got into the overflowing water of Jordan by faith just as Joshua has commanded. And the water got cut off completely that the children of Israel could cross the Jordan on dry ground right across against Jericho. 

  • What could we observe the power of the word of God? See also Heb 11:3  By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.  
     
  • What could we observe the heart of those priests who walked into overflowing water? See also Num 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?  
     
  • What must have motivated those people followed the ark of the Lord into Jordan? 
  • What is an area of your life that God is asking you to obey by faith?  See also Lk 1:37 For nothing is impossible with God.”  
     
  • How do you want to respond to His voice that you might experience the power of the word of God? 

See, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth will go into the Jordan ahead of you: read Josh 3;

God is having the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth go  into the Jordan ahead of people carried by the priests. For those priests firmly believed that the Lord said through Joshua and the people break their camp to follow the ark of the Lord into the water of the Jordan; 

  • What could we observe the heart of those priest who carried the ark into the water of Jordan? See also Act 27:25 So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me.  
  • What could we observe the power of the word of the Lord from the way it happened to the river almost overflowing? See also Ex 15:8 By the blast of your nostrils the waters piled up. The surging waters stood firm like a wall; the deep waters congealed in the heart of the sea.  
     
  • What is God saying to us about an impact of His covenant/promise of the Lord in our life? See also 2 Cor 1:20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.  
  • What is the promise God is reminding you that you need to hang unto wholeheartedly? 
  • What do you want to do about it that you might experience the impact of the promise of the Lord? 

Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do amazing things among you.” : read Josh 3;

Joshua told the people in the presence of uncertaintity at the back of the Jordan which was about to overflow with the water with the idea to cross over with more than a million people. He didn’t talk about ‘How’ to prepare to the people but to set themselves apart for the amazing things God was going to do among them!

What could we observe the way God is asking His people to reassure themselves? See also Josh 24:15 But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”


What does it mean to you to consecrate yourself as God’s people? See also Rom 12:1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship.


What could we the way God promises to respond to their consecration with? See also Rev 3:20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.


What is the Lord saying to you about your consecration these days?

How do you want to respond to His voice that you might keep yourself consecrated?

“When you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, and the priests, who are Levites, carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow it: read Josh 3;

God is commanding the Israelites who were in their camp to watch out the movement of the ark of the covenant of God. They were not supposed to figure out where to go and how to go about it for they have never been on that road. They were asked to move out from their position and follow it, if they see the ark of the Lord get carried out by the priests.

What could we observe the secret God is showing His people to experience His guidance and presence as they travel on the road they have never been on before? See also 2 Pet 1:3-4 His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

What warning could we observe God is giving to His people against worldly impact on them?

What could we observe about the surety of the impact of the covenant/promise of God? See also 2 Cor 1:20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.

What is the Lord saying about your attitude toward the covenant/promise of God in your walk with the Lord? See also Josh 1:8 Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

How do you want to respond to His voice that you might experience His presence/guidance in life?

Rahab’s faith in her enemies’ God: read Your journal over the week /Josh 2;

Though there couldn’t be many believers of Yaweh, the God of the Israelites, their enemies, those spies came across to Rahab, among all the citizens of Jericho. They didn’t have to persuade her to join of support their cause, for she had confessed first of her faith in their God herself. Read your journal over the week/ Josh 2, and see ‘What God has spoken to you over the week’ and ‘How you’ve responded to His voice’ as well; 

  • What has the Lord spoken to you about His guidance of His people in the process of their obedience to His will? 
  • What has the Lord spoken to you about God’s total acceptance of sinner/ immoral person’s past as he/she embraces God? 
  • What has the Lord spoken to you about His reward to those who puts his trust in HImself? 
  • What has the Lord spoken to you about an act to carry our one’s faith in God? 
  • What has the Lord spoken to you about your act of alliance with God & God’s people? 
  • What is a lesson you need to live out in life from this chapter?  

Please swear to me by the LORD that you will show kindness to my family, because I have shown kindness to you: read Josh 2;

Rahab has told a lie upfront to the soldiers of the king of Jericho about whereabout of those Hebrew spies and protected her enemies who were spying out the land. She is asking them to show kindness to her family in return to the kindness she has shown them at the risk of her own life; 

  • What could we observe her heart that pleased God in the presence of the danger of her life? See also Heb 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.   
     
  • What could we observe the way God has rewarded her act of faith?  See also Heb 11:31  By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.  
     
  • What could we observe the secret of Rahab’s blessing from the way got rewarded for her choice of faith? See also Heb 4:2  For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith.  
  • What is the Lord saying to you about you act of faith he wants you to carry out these days? 
  • How do you want to respond to His voice that you might get reward from the Lord?  

“The LORD has surely given the whole land into our hands; all the people are melting in fear because of us.” Read Josh 2;

Those men who return home from spying the land at the command of Joshua reported to him that all the people are melting in fear because of themselves. They reported by faith though they have not met many people in the land;

What could we observe the heart of those two men from the way they reported to Joshua? See also 2 Cor 5:7 We live by faith, not by sight.

What could we observe the way God reward those who approaches to Himself? See also Heb 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.


What must have prepared those men to see the circumstance with an eye of faith? See also 2 Pet 1:3-4 His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

What is the Lord saying to you about your confidence in His promise?

How do you want to follow those men’s example in your walk with the Lord?

After they had gone, she tied the scarlet cord to the window: read Josh 2;

Two men protected by Rahab because of her faith in their God Yaweh, gave her scarlet cord to identify herself in the presence of danger at the time of Israeli attack on Jericho, her city. Rahab tied the scarlet cord on the window she had let them escape. It was the sign of her alliance with invading Israeli forces!

What could we observe about Rahab’s heart from the way she tied the scarlet cord to the window? See also Josh 24:15 But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”


What significance could we observe about the covenant/promise? Gen 17:10-11 This is my covenant with you and your descendants after you, the covenant you are to keep: Every male among you shall be circumcised. You are to undergo circumcision, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and you.

What could we observe the way those Hebrew people embraced Rahab regardless of her background? See also Ruth 3:10-11 “The LORD bless you, my daughter,” he replied. “This kindness is greater than that which you showed earlier: You have not run after the younger men, whether rich or poor. And now, my daughter, don’t be afraid. I will do for you all you ask. All my fellow townsmen know that you are a woman of noble character.

What is the Lord saying to you about your confession/testimony for the Lord Jesus in life?

How do you want to follow Rahab’s example?

“Our lives for your lives!” the men assured her. “If you don’t tell what we are doing, we will treat you kindly and faithfully when the LORD gives us the land.”: read Josh 2;

Rahab decided to join the people of Israel the people of God of heaven and earth at the cost of her life. The Hebrew spies saw her confession of faith in their God and promise her that they sure will treat her as well as her father’s household kindly and faithfully. Who has been put on our path by the Lord that we should treat him/her kindly and faithfully for the glory of God?

What could we observe faith of Rahab in the way she treated those men with kindness? See also Heb 11:31 By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.


What could we observe God’s way to reward those who saws seeds of faith and kindness? See also Gal 6:7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.

What could we observe the way those Hebrews accepted Rahab into their community from the way she became one of king David’s ancestors? See also Rom 15:7 Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.

Whom do you see around you that God led that you need to practice acceptance and unity with?

How do you want to be a community with them?