by Dr. J. Vernon McGee

Have You Crossed Over Jordan?
Dr. J. Vernon McGee

One of the first lessons we must learn in reading the Bible is to distinguish between that which is written to us and that which is written for us. Not all the Bible is directed to us, but all the Bible is for us. Now that is a very simple but a very important rule in reading the Word of God.
In this connection we want to call your attention to a very familiar passage of Scripture - 2 Timothy 3:16:

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.

You see, the Word of God can be used for many different reasons and in many different ways. For example, in Ephesians 4:1, Paul wrote,

I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation to which ye are called.

This is from an epistle and the Epistles are love-letters to the church - thus it is to you and to me.
In contrast, turn back to Joshua 1:11 where we read, "…Within three days ye shall pass over this Jordan…." We can only hope that you are making your arrangements to cross over the Jordan, for it says that within three days you shall pass over. Some of you are going to have to rush if you get there within the three days, for it is a long distance. And someone will say, "But that is not directed to us." You are absolutely correct. He really is not talking to us at all. But just because He is not talking to you and me, telling us to cross over the physical Jordan, does not mean that a real lesson - a spiritually rich lesson - does not lie here for us. Therefore, we do ask you this question in all seriousness, "Have you crossed over Jordan?"
All the tribes of Israel did not cross over the Jordan River. Two and one-half tribes never did get over the river, and we find their defection very early.
Moses was still alive when they came to the east bank of the Jordan, and you will find recorded in Numbers 32:1-5 that they made a r ...

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