Go forward…! Exodus 14:15 “The LORD said to Moses, “Why do you cry to me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward.”
The children of Israel were in bondage for 430 years until deliverance came for them through Moses.
I would like to highlight two significant events with regards to the crossing of the Red Sea and the crossing of the Jordan for our admonition and encouragement.
Red Sea-Exodus 14:21-22
Moses stretched out his hand over the red sea and the Lord drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night and made the sea dry land. The children of Israel walked on dry ground through the sea. However the Egyptian forces pursued and went after them into the midst of the sea. When the horses of Pharaoh with his chariots and his horsemen went into the sea, the LORD brought back the waters of the sea upon them, and were all completely destroyed.
The lesson I’m trying to draw from here is that the children of Israel must have had to be watching their backs while being pursued and running from the Egyptians.
Jordan River-Joshua 3
The Crossing here is quite different and actually referred to as “passing over”.
This time around the Ark (the Presence) and the Priests led the crossing or the passing over the Jordan. To make matters worse the Jordan was overflowing it’s banks and not the best time to be passing over. However as the priest’s feet were resting in the waters of the Jordan, and in the midst of the Jordan, the waters were completely cut off and they passed over on dry ground until all the nation of Israel finished passing over.
It is worthy to note that this time around, the Israelites were not being pursued by the enemy and having to watch their backs because of the enemies but rather to follow the presence of the Lord (the Ark) in other to possess the Promised Land flowing with milk and honey
The word for us this season as Gatekeepers is to follow the Priest (Jesus) and the Ark (presence) of God, in order for us to possess our inheritance.
This is not the time to be looking back at the enemies, but to go forward.
We are no longer being pursued; rather we should be pursuing the presence.
Isaiah 55:12 “For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.”
Go forward and keep your gaze on the Priest and His presence in this season.