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Happy New Year from Project 938 - Joshua 4

December 30, 2017


The beginning scene of Saving Private Ryan is probably one of the most gruesome depictions of a real-life historical event that I have ever seen. Its D-Day and the Omaha Beach must be taken by Allied forces. The word “carnage” is accurate here for the battle came with such incredible sacrifice. The Director wanted us to see and feel this for the scene goes on for close to 25 minutes before there is a moment of peace. The first moment of rest is depicted when Seargent Mike Horvath, while in a ditch, looks around, takes off his backpack, and pulls out a can that looks like this.  He had two other cans. One said “Italy” and the other said, “Africa.” He opened the empty can, filled it with sand from Omaha beach and then put the lid on it that read, “France.” 


You knew at this point that this was a seasoned soldier who was going to be prepared for the challenges ahead.  


If you are following along in our blog series in Joshua, we come to a similar, and yet a more dramatic moment. 



The Israelites took their next step to cross the Jordan. It required faith. The Priests had to carry the ark dangerously into the Jordan at Flood stage. When their feet hit the water, the river stopped upstream and the ground went dry beneath them. From there, Israel crosses on dry ground and we come to our next reflection. Joshua, after everyone has crossed, goes to the leaders of the twelve tribes and tells them.  


“go back in and get a large stone from the center of the river. Bring it out so that we can make a stack with them.”  


Sure enough, by the time the Jordan River was back to normal, there will twelve large stones standing on the west side of the Jordan River. For generations, when the children of Israel would ask about those stones, the mothers and fathers would tell them the story about how God led them through. For generations, those stones stood as a reminder to the next generation that God will lead them still through whatever insurmountable force they face in life. 


Now, a Christian doesn’t have to look that far back, but we do look back to Jesus