Re: Verse reading–Joshua 3:5-17, 4:14-24 (day one)
“Today I will begin to EXALT you (Joshua) in the eyes of all Israel, so they may know that I am with you as I was with Moses.”–3:7.
“Obey your leaders, and submit to them; for they keep watch over your souls. . . Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you.”–Hebrews 13:17.
Some thoughts. 1) Leaders and leadership are part of God’s plan. 2) God provides leaders and teaches His people to submit to them. 3) God’s word warns of false leaders and teaches us to discern. 4) God takes steps to endorse (exalt) His leaders in the eyes of His people. 5) All men are equal in value/dignity but NOT in responsibility/authority. 6) Resistance to leadership is not godly or wise.
Crossing the Jordan was a deja vu miracle, an echo of Moses and the Red Sea. Through it, God exalted Joshua and trained His people to trust him.