Much ado is made about the Israelites crossing the Red Sea. Research after research has been done to prove or disprove such an occurrence took place.
Every effort of digging at various locations and even an effort to call it the Sea of Reeds, so it would make it less of a miracle! While such effort has been exerted, little is said about what took place forty years later when Israel crossed the Jordan River. In either occurrence, a miracle had to be performed for such a mass of humanity to cross either place.
This time as Israel faced the impossibility of such a feat, they were being led by Joshua. He had such a commitment to the Lord, which full confidence in his leader-ship was done as he instructed. Again, as at the Red Sea, he was determined to do everything in accordance with God’s direction.
The first instruction seemed simple enough – “Pass through the midst of the camp and command the people to prepare provisions for yourselves, for within three days you are to cross this Jordan.”
Meanwhile Joshua had sent spies to check out Jericho. It was a precaution to find out what the people of Jericho might do in the event they saw Israel crossing the River Jordan. That was a unique move because they learned of the terror that existed in Jericho as to what God had done in Israel’s crossing of the Red Sea. These spies took the words of a harlot and brought them to Joshua. They also had her put a red scarf in the window of her home, on the wall of Jericho, so that she and her family would be saved. Amazingly, the word of a harlot was acceptable to Joshua and his army. Next he commanded that “when you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God with the Levitical priests carrying it, then you shall set out from your place and after it.”
The Ark was a symbol of the presence of God. The Priests were to come to the water’s edge and then “stand still” as the people crossed over. It had to have been a magnificent moment. God was conveying to the Israelites His power and authority in that moment, but also to history His Omnipotence.
“And 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 crossed on dry ground, until all the nation had finished crossing the Jordan.” (Joshua 3:17)
Try to imagine taking the words of a prostitute as one hundred percent accurate and then becoming the shareholder in that experience. Israel not only crossed, it was on “dry ground”. To add to that is that little statement in the 16th verse: “So the people crossed opposite Jericho.” The world has yet to see what God has done and can do.