Joshua 3–4:Crossing the Jordan River

Old Testament Seminary Student Study Guide, (2002), 80


What helps you to have faith and confidence in our living prophets and apostles? Why is it important to have faith and confidence in them? Joshua 3–4 records what the Lord did that witnessed to those who desired to know that He was with Joshua as He had been with Moses.
priests bearing the ark

Understanding the Scriptures

Joshua 3

Host (v. 2)Camp 
Bearing (v. 3)Carrying 
Pass over (v. 6)Cross the Jordan River 
Magnify (v. 7)Make great 
Brink (v. 8)Edge 
Hereby (v. 10)By this 
The waters of Jordan shall be cut off from the waters that come down from above (v. 13)The Jordan River will stop flowing downstream. 
They shall stand upon an heap (v. 13; see also v. 16)The water upstream will be stopped and become higher, a place will open up for the armies of Israel to cross the Jordan River. 
Brim (v. 15)Edge 
Failed (v. 16)Stopped 
Right against (v. 16)Very close to 
Clean (v. 17)Completely 

Joshua 4

Midst (vv. 3, 5, 8–10, 18)Middle 
Lodging, lodged (vv. 3, 8)Resting, camping 
Cut off (v. 7)Stopped 
Hasted (v. 10)Hurried 
Pitch (v. 20)Set up 

Studying the Scriptures

Do two of the following activities (A–C) as you study Joshua 3–4.

Activity A iconMake a Journal Entry

Imagine you are watching the Levites carrying the ark. Write your journal entry for the day described in Joshua 3–4. Include how you feel about Joshua as a prophet of God.

Activity B iconHow Does It Happen Today?

In what ways does the Lord help confirm to us today that the President of the Church is a prophet of God?

Activity C iconA Memorial

In Joshua 4, the Lord commanded Joshua to make a memorial of stones. Write in your notebook what you think a plaque placed on the memorial might say.