But that was no difficulty with God, who can as well dry up an overflowing river as a shallow one,
At the division of the Red sea the waters stood as a wall, on both sides, but on this occasion the floods arose on one side only, and on the left hand the water quite disappeared, flowing at once into the Dead sea. The Lord has many ways of effecting the same end. Variety in the divine operations is a clear proof that the Lord is never at a loss for ways and means
Under the eyes of their enemies the miracle was wrought, and in the face of the arch-enemy God will grant his people safe passage through death’s cold flood.
The ark of the covenant first led the way, and then kept the road open. The priesthood of Jesus and the ark of his redemption make for all believers a passage into the better land.
Joshua 4:4-11, 18
Care must be taken by the best possible means to keep the Lord’s wonders of grace in remembrance in coming generations. This is a principal use of the two sacred ordinances of our holy faith, and it should be a main object of care with all good men.
Christ will never cease his mediatorial work, till all his redeemed are safely landed. Ministers ought to be brave men, the first to risk all for God’s sake, and the last to leave their post. Note how the Israelites were both trembling and believing; they “hasted,”—here was fear, and “passed over“—here was faith.
This proved that the whole transaction was a miracle, not to be accounted for by referring it to natural causes. Let the Lord be praised for it.
When I tread the verge of Jordan,
Bid my anxious fears subside;
Death of deaths, and hell’s destruction,
Land me safe on Canaan’s side:
Songs of praises
I will ever give to Thee.