Today’s passage is Joshua 3:9-17. Let’s go!
Joshua 3:9-14 (NIV)
9 Joshua said to the Israelites, “Come here and listen to the words of the LORD your God.
10 This is how you will know that the living God is among you and that he will certainly drive out before you the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites and Jebusites.
11 See, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth will go into the Jordan ahead of you.
12 Now then, choose twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one from each tribe.
13 And as soon as the priests who carry the ark of the LORD–the Lord of all the earth–set foot in the Jordan, its waters flowing downstream will be cut off and stand up in a heap.”
14 So when the people broke camp to cross the Jordan, the priests carrying the ark of the covenant went ahead of them.
On verses 9-14: The priests carrying the ark of the covenant go ahead of the people to lead the way through the Jordan River. What can we learn from this? A good leader will not tell his or her people to do what he himself is unwilling to do. The best leaders lead not just with their words but also with their example.