At the end of Moses’s life, the mantle of leadership is passed on to Joshua. Joshua was one of only two adults that left Egypt and 40 years later entered the promised land. He had been close to Moses and nearer to God than anyone else in Israel. The crossing of the Jordan was almost a repeat of the miraculous crossing of the Red Sea, so that a new generation of Israelites would know God was near and also with Joshua.
*On Sunday evening we read most of Joshua 3 and the beginning of 4. Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground, following the ark of testimony (covenant). A man of each tribe picked up a stone from the river bed and a mound is built on the Cannan side of the river. “When your children ask in time to come, ‘What do those stones mean to you?’ then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it passed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. So these stones shall be to the people of Israel a memorial forever.” Joshua 4:6-7 ESV