J O S H U A
This chapter, and that which follows it, give us
the history of Israel's passing through Jordan into Canaan, and a
very memorable history it is. Long afterwards, they are told to
remember what God did for them between Shittim (whence they
decamped, ver. 1) and
Gilgal, where they next pitched, ch. iv. 19, Mic. vi. 5, that
they might know the righteousness of the Lord. By Joshua's order
they marched up to the river's side, (ver. 1), and then almighty power led them
through it. They passed through the Red Sea unexpectedly, and in
their flight by night, but they have notice some time before of
their passing through Jordan, and their expectations raised. I. The
people are directed to follow the ark, ver. 2-4. II. They are commanded to sanctify
themselves, ver. 5. III. The
priests with the ark are ordered to lead the van, ver. 6. IV. Joshua is magnified and
made commander in chief, ver. 7,
8. V. Public notice is given of what God is about to do
for them, ver. 9-13. IV.
The thing is done, Jordan is divided, and Israel brought safely
through it, ver. 14-17.
This was the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes.