Thursday, 18 June 2020
Question of the day: What is the deeper and spiritual meaning of "crossing over the Jordan?"
Answer: "Crossing over the Jordan" is both practically and spiritually entering into the promised land. Entering into the promised land does not mean entering the Garden of Eden. It means being in the world but not of the world. It means entering into grace. There are still giants in the land, but God will fight for you and deliver them into your hands.
Crossing the Jordan is a parallel experience to crossing the Red Sea; the first crossing and the second crossing. Both happened after a 3 days consecration. Both happened on dry ground. Both involved a miraculous separation of waters.
That first experience of crossing the Red Sea is like the meaning of the name of Jacob's first born, Reuben, behold a son. It is the first step of a follower of Yeshua, leaving behind the task masters and brick making (works) mentality. No-one ever made enough bricks to be free. No-one ever made bricks perfect enough to be set free. The point is we can't earn or work our way into salvation.
The second crossing is like the meaning of the name of Jacob's last born, Benyamin, son of the right hand. Our journey with God starts when we see the Son. But we don't enter the promised land until we learn the lessons of the desert (stop the grumbling and learn to trust God). Only then are we ready for the second crossing. Only then are we ready to own this verse... Ephesians 2:6 "And He raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Messiah Yeshua".
Between the two crossings, we learn to walk with God. We learn to trust Him. We grow and mature in Him until we are ready to do battle in the promised land. While the promised land is promised, it must also be conquered and then possessed. God will keep His promises, but it is His way to work with us and through us to accomplish His purposes.
Prepare for the battle. It's on.
Rabbi Michael Weiner,