Joshua 3:7: The Sign of the Dividing of Jordan, Part 1

Verse 7:[1]  And the LORD said unto Joshua, This day will I begin to (Josh. 4:14; 1 Chron. 29:25; 2 Chron. 1:1) magnify thee in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, (Josh. 1:1) as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee.

[I will begin to exalt thee]  It acquires a name for the Ruler, if the subordinates understand that he is carried in the bosom of God.  He is not able not to be thought the best or most prudent, to whom God is near at hand in all things (Masius).

This day will I begin to magnify thee, etc.:  To gain thee authority and reputation among them, as the person whom I have set in Moses’s stead, and by whom I will conduct them to the possession of the promised land.

[That they may known[2]]  אֲשֶׁר is in the place of לְמַעַן, to the intent that (Vatablus).

[Just as I was with Moses]  In splitting the sea, so I will be with thee in splitting the Jordan (Drusius).  From Moses to Saul, God was demonstrating either by miracles, or deeds exceeding human expectation, whom He willed to be the Princes of His people (Grotius).

[1] Hebrew: וַיֹּ֤אמֶר יְהוָה֙ אֶל־יְהוֹשֻׁ֔עַ הַיּ֣וֹם הַזֶּ֗ה אָחֵל֙ גַּדֶּלְךָ֔ בְּעֵינֵ֖י כָּל־יִשְׂרָאֵ֑ל אֲשֶׁר֙ יֵֽדְע֔וּן כִּ֗י כַּאֲשֶׁ֥ר הָיִ֛יתִי עִם־מֹשֶׁ֖ה אֶהְיֶ֥ה עִמָּֽךְ׃

[2] Hebrew:  אֲשֶׁר֙ יֵֽדְע֔וּן.

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  1. Matthew Henry: “God speaks to Joshua to put honour upon him, Joshua 3:7, 8. 1. It was a great honour God did him that he spoke to him as he had done to Moses from off the mercyseat, before the priests removed it with the ark. This would make Joshua easy in himself and great among the people, that God was pleased to speak so familiarly to him. 2. That he designed to magnify him in the sight of all Israel. He had told him before that he would be with him (Joshua 1:5), and that comforted him, but now all Israel shall see it, and this would magnify him. Those are truly great with whom God is and whom he employs and owns in his service. God magnified him because he would have the people magnify him. Pious magistrates are to be highly honoured and esteemed as public blessings, and the more we see of God with them the more we should honour them. By the dividing of the red Sea Israel was convinced that God was with Moses in bringing them out of Egypt; therefore they are said to be baptized unto Moses in the sea, 1 Corinthians 10:2. And upon that occasion they believed him, Exodus 14:31. And now, by the dividing of Jordan, they shall be convinced that God is in like manner with Joshua in bringing them into Canaan. God had magnified Joshua before on several occasions, but now he began to magnify him as the successor of Moses in the government. Some have observed that it was at the banks of Jordan that God began to magnify Joshua, and at the same place he began to magnify our Lord Jesus as Mediator; for John was baptizing at Bethabara, the house of passage, and there it was that when our Saviour was baptized it was proclaimed concerning him, This is my beloved Son.”

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