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Joshua Chapter 4.

Jordan - Like Man  "A  Descender"

¶ The meaning of the name Jordan - from <H3381> (yarad); a descender; Jordan, the principal river of Palestine :- Jordan. Strong's Talking Greek & Hebrew Dictionary. <H3381> - a primitive root; to descend (literal to go downwards; or conventionally to a lower region, as the shore, a boundary, the enemy, etc.; or figurative to fall); causative to bring down (in all the above applications)

 No suffering of Loss

¶ At certain times of the year Jordan "overfloweth his banks". Man, like the meaning of the name Jordan (descender) and like the action of Jordan has the ability to "overflow his banks" of sin and wrong and this also applies to Christians and the only answer is the experience type of the children of Israel "they clean passed over Jordan" As the children of Israel went through Jordan nothing "descended" everything concerning them passed "clean" over, Nothing suffered Loss.

What Activated this Resurrection Experience?

Joshua 4:10 For the priests which bare the ark stood in the midst of Jordan, ....   Deuteronomy 21:55 And the priests the sons of Levi shall come near; for them the Lord thy God hath chosen to minister unto him, and to bless in the name of the Lord; and by their word shall every controversy and every stroke be tried: Every Christian is a believer Priest ordained to Minister unto the Lord.  Ref. Rev.3:5-6. (KJV) As we surrender all completely to Jesus for him to be Lord 'of all' and 'over all', (as did the sons of Levi, surrendering and ministering to the Lord) then will we experience deliverance from a life of 'decending' and experience all passing 'clean over' in Resurrection life into the 'Promised land' of God's fulness of grace, purpose and blessing.

The Friend of God.

The reason why Abraham experienced Resurrection Power and forwardness in the will of God was because he was "the friend of God" [James 2:23.]  The impact to this present day of the Gospel upon the  World began with Paul and Silas and others in the Church at Antioch,   "As they ministered to the Lord" [Acts 13:2-3.] The Lord chose his disciples and ordained them first and foremost to be "with Him". Mark 3:14.

¶ How wonderful and simple is this encouragement that if we would know the power of "Jordan Resurrection" and not experience "descending" into spiritual loss then the answer is to get to know our greatest friend - seek him with an earnest and thankful heart sharing all our heart with Him and seeking to know all of His loving heart toward us and in such encounters "with Him" we can only emerge as the apostle John did on the Isle of Patmos experiencing resurrection Life. The authorities Jailed John thinking to "dampen his enthusiasm" with some misery but his best friend appeared on the scene and O what opposite experience to misery he enjoyed of the glory of the Lord with his jail scene totally vanquished by the opened glories of Christ and Heaven.

¶ Seeing the Glories of Christ answers every trouble and difficulty conveying to us that The Lord deems special our ongoing with Him, as in the case of Peter who was taken six days after the Lord had to rebuke him, up to the mount of transfiguration to become privileged as he later said ..   "we were eye witnesses of His Majesty" [2 Peter 1:16.] Yes, what a wonderful Saviour who makes so much room for us in our neediness to get us into the "land" of promise, spiritual power and great blessing. The Lord make us Believer Priests that minister to Him like those  Priests that experienced the resurrection power of the Lord at the brink of Jordan even in their toes.

It Is Finished

Joshua 4:10 (KJV)   10 For the priests which bare the ark stood in the midst of Jordan, until every thing was finished that the Lord commanded Joshua to speak unto the people, according to all that Moses commanded Joshua: and the people hasted and passed over. Jesus said on the cross    "it is finished"John 19:30.]

¶ Praise The Lord that Jesus has caused the "decending" power of sin in humanity, taking man to the lowest Hell "To rise up upon a heap" [ref. Joshua 3:16.] so that when a sinner comes to Jesus and receives Him they receive a risen Saviour and thus receive resurrection Life and the "decending" is reversed and man begins his "ascent" in real terms as he looks to Jesus and in spiritual terms he has "clean passed over" [ref. Joshua 4:11.] sin and death forever and is actually ascended and    "made to sit together in Heavenly places in Christ" [Ephesians 2:6.] [

The World in Overflow Mode.

Joshua 4:18 (KJV) 18 .....the waters of Jordan returned unto their place, and flowed over all his banks, as they did before. Matthew 24:12 (KJV) 12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

¶ Man's sin is always on the verge of overflow and it  is foretold by the Lord himself (in the verse above) of a great overflow in the last days in preparation for the antichrist takeover when the Church is raptured. The promise from the Lord in the face of all evil tides is  Isaiah 59:19 (KJV) 19 ......When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him. This "standard" and power is the same as with the children of Israel crossing the Jordan and the defeat of Jericho - The Resurrection Life and power of Christ.

Jesus is Reaching for You.

God Bless.