SynopsisJoshua takes everyone to the River Jordan and they camp there for a few days. God tells Joshua to organize a procession using the ark of the covenant because He is going to part the waters of the Jordan so that the Israelites can cross it safely. And it’s going to be such a cool display of Godly power that God promises Joshua it will make the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Hivites, the Perizzites, the Girgashites, the Amorites and the Jebusites all fall before Joshua’s army.
Or to put it another way:
They decide they want to cross the river Jordan to make camp near Jericho so they organize themselves to make a crossing.
(Joshua 3:10) It’s a really cool list of names of groups that God is going to smite on behalf of the Israelites. This isn’t a minor land grab. God promises to help them conquer six separate empires. The land God is telling them to conquer is huge! (Spoiler alert - they don't come anywhere close to conquering all those lands)
(Joshua 3:4) It’s unnecessarily specific to tell us exactly how much space there has to be between the ark and the rabble following the ark. 2,000 cubits is required in case you were wondering.
Honestly – I’m not sure what we are supposed to get out of this chapter except that the ark is pretty freakin’ awesome. (Joshua 3:15, 16)