The Benefits of Consecration
Joshua 3:1 Early in the morning Joshua and all the Israelites set out from Shittim and went to the Jordan, where they camped before crossing over. 2 After three days the officers went throughout the camp, 3 giving orders to the people: "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. 4 Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before. But keep a distance of about a thousand yards between you and the ark; do not go near it." 5 Joshua told the people, "Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do amazing things among you."
A few observations from our text:
Joshua chapter 3 takes place right after Moses dies and hands the baton to Joshua to lead the children of Israel all the way into the promised land. They have already come through the Red Sea under the leadership of Moses, they have already spent 40 years in the wilderness, but they still need to cross over the Jordan to get to their destination.
Joshua who is a type of Jesus (God is our salvation) is the leader God has put in charge of this leg of their journey.
So they come to the edge of the Jordan, and camped there 3 days. After 3 days, Joshua commanded the people, "when you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, set out from where you are, and FOLLOW IT." We know that the ark represents the presence of God. He said look for the presence of God, and when you see it, follow it. God is moving. He is on the move and we are called to follow Him. Jesus' first command to His new disciples was FOLLOW ME. Christianity is not about doing your own thing and expecting God to bless it. It is pursuing God, finding His presence and following it wherever it takes you! God's presence is never stagnant.
This passage speaks to our relationship with God. Jesus is not the kind of Husband that ...
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