The differences on parting of the Red Sea and Crossing of the Jordan River
Parting versus Crossing – We always say parting of the Red Sea and crossing of the River Jordan. Parting always indicates a departure, separation, and leaving of a place without any intention of going back ever again. Crossing implies a journey, trip, voyage, or passage to another place… a better place.
- Egypt versus Canaan – Egypt is symbolic of the world and the bondage of sin while Canaan is symbolic of the Promised Land and Heaven.
- Red Sea versus Jordan River – According to www.biblemeanings.info, “sea” denotes memory-knowledge and “Jordan” means initiation of the knowledge of good and truth. To me, the Red Sea is symbolic of the Blood of Jesus and the Cross, while the Jordan River is symbolic of His Second Coming.
- Exodus versus Conquest – Exodus is a mass departure, migration, flight, or evacuation. Conquest on the other hand, which is what happened in Jordan, is a victory, triumph, and success in taking over the land.
- Fear versus Faith – Exodus 14:13 “And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, standstill, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you today: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen today, ye shall see them again no more forever.” Joshua 3:9-11 “And Joshua said unto the children of Israel, Come hither, and hear the words of the LORD your God. And Joshua said, Hereby ye shall know that the living God is among you, and that he will without fail drive out from before you the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Hivites, and the Perizzites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Jebusites. Behold, the ark of the covenant of the LORD of all the earth passeth over before you into Jordan.”
- Leading Behind versus Leading Before – Exodus 14: 19 “And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them.” Joshua 3: 14 “And it came to pass, when the people removed from their tents, to pass over Jordan, and the priests bearing the Ark of the Covenant before the people…”
- Similarity: bodies of water both dried up – The same Power that dried up the Red Sea is the same Power that dried the Jordan River. Joshua declares in chapter 4: 23 “For the Lord your God dried up the waters of the Jordan for you until you passed over, as the Lord your God did to the Red Sea, which He dried up for us until we passed over.”
Personally, we can apply these incidents to picture our salvation and life in Christ. As it says in Hebrews 10:1 “For the law having a shadow of good things to come…”
I can see how I was in bondage of sin in the world (Egypt) where I’ve been oppressed by the enemy. Yet through the cross and the Blood of Jesus (Red Sea) I was able to enter into the new covenant in Jesus Christ; I am justified. I have departed the world; I no longer belong to it. The Lord has my back, keeping the enemies away and at the same time, He is the one leading me taking care of the enemies who desire to snatch me away. The Church (Mt. Zion) welcomes me instead of the Law in Mt. Sinai. After receiving Jesus Christ in my heart, I am plunged into the wilderness of sin; the world if I may say. Here is where sanctification happens and it will go in the duration of my life on earth. The crossing of the Jordan River signifies the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our victory and triumph in entering and possessing our inheritance. I look forward to crossing into it to finally be united with God. I was fearful, but now I have faith. The most important thing to note for me is that it is the same grace that brought me out of sin, is the same grace that will bring me home.