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The ark of the Lord went before the Israelites and opened the way across the Jordan. Similarly, it is the Lord who opens the way to our promised land of heaven.

BibleGateway: Joshua 3:7-17

ESV Text: Joshua 3:7-17

KJV Text:

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     7 And the LORD said unto Joshua, This day will I begin to magnify thee in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee. 8 And thou shalt command the priests that bear the ark of the covenant, saying, When ye are come to the brink of the water of Jordan, ye shall stand still in Jordan. 9 And Joshua said unto the children of Israel, Come hither, and hear the words of the LORD your God. 10 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. 11 Behold, the ark of the covenant of the LORD of all the earth passeth over before you into Jordan. 12 Now therefore take you twelve men out of the tribes of Israel, out of every tribe a man. 13 And it shall come to pass, as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests that bear the ark of the LORD, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of Jordan, that the waters of Jordan shall be cut off from the waters that come down from above; and they shall stand upon an heap.

     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; 15 And as they that bare the ark were come unto Jordan, and the feet of the priests that bare the ark were dipped in the brim of the water, (for Jordan overfloweth all his banks all the time of harvest,) 16 That the waters which came down from above stood and rose up upon an heap very far from the city Adam, that is beside Zaretan: and those that came down toward the sea of the plain, even the salt sea, failed, and were cut off: and the people passed over right against Jericho. 17 And the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firm on dry ground in the midst of Jordan, and all the Israelites passed over on dry ground, until all the people were passed clean over Jordan.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 410 (LSB 718):
Jesus, Lead Thou On — Organ Audio

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1. Jesus, lead Thou on 
Till our rest is won; 
And although the way be cheerless, 
We will follow calm and fearless. 
Guide us by Thy hand 
To our fatherland. 

2. If the way be drear, 
If the foe be near, 
Let not faithless fears o’ertake us; 
Let not faith and hope forsake us; 
For through many a woe 
To our home we go. 

3. When we seek relief 
From a long-felt grief; 
When temptations come alluring, 
Make us patient and enduring; 
Show us that bright shore 
Where we weep no more. 

4. Jesus, lead Thou on 
Till our rest is won. 
Heavenly Leader, still direct us, 
Still support, control, protect us, 
Till we safely stand 
In our fatherland.