by Ron Dunn

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Hark, the Ark! (4 of 9)
Ron Dunn
Joshua 3

It's sobering to realize that one day can alter your entire life. In just twenty-four hours your world, with its hopes and plans, can be reduced to ashes-or it can be wondrously transformed beyond your wildest expectations. The direction of world history has often been determined by the events of a single day.

It was that way with Israel. In one day they moved out of forty years of failure and reproach into the greatest era of their history. A nation flat on its back sprang to its feet and marched victoriously into a new land.

What was special about that day? What was the key to their triumph? This isn't an idle question simply to satisfy historical curiosity. Remember that the events of that day were recorded as examples to us. God's methods, like Himself, do not change, and to discover the key to Israel's victory is to discover the key to our own. The third chapter of Joshua relates the happenings of that day. A close study shows that the main figure in the drama was the Ark of the Covenant. It is mentioned ten times.

And they commanded the people, saying, "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 go after it..."And it shall come about when the soles of the feet of the priests who carry the ark of the Lord, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of the Jordan, the waters of the Jordca hall- be cut off....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 3:3, 13, 17).

Without question, the ark was the key to their victory. But what was different about it on that day? They had possessed the ark, made according to God's instructions,- since Moses met God on Mount Sinai. During the long, bitter years of wandering, the ark had been i ...

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