We read in Joshua 3: 17, "And the priest that bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firm on dry ground in the midst of Jordan, until al the Israelites had passed clean over Jordan."
First, we want to notice that there was no crossing of the Israelites until they had broken camp. We see that a man must break camp and leave the old crowd before he can cross Jordan and get into the land of Canaan.
Second, we notice that the water did not divide until the feet of the priest had struck the brim of the water. It is just so with us; we must start by faith, and faith alone.
Third, when their feet stuck the brim of the water the waters were cut off from the waters, and the lower waters were dried up and the upper waters were backed up.
Fourth, while the priests were standing on the dry land in the bottom of the River Jordan, God commanded Joshua to command the people to take twelve stones, and pile them up in the River Jordan. This was to be a hidden secret testimony that was hid from the eyes of man. For the Lord knew that the waters would soon cover the twelve stones, but it is a fact that every man that crosses Jordan, has a beautiful hidden testimony that is hid from the eyes of a grinning, giggling, hateful, scornful world.
Fifth, they were to take up twelve stones from out of the bottom of Jordan and put them on their shoulders, and carry them up and pile them on the banks of Jordan. This was to be a public testimony for this pile of stones on dry land was where everybody could behold it; so that proves that every man is to have two testimonies; one hidden and the other public. All this was to prove they had crossed over Jordan and were now on the Canaan side of life.
Sixth, they struck camp over in Canaan and it was known to all the dwellers in the land that the Israelites were now in Canaan, and in possession of their own country.
Seventh, when the Israelites crossed the River Jordan God seemed to draw a line through the river, and the water above the line backed up, we read, "very far off to the city of Adam," and the little city on the banks of Jordan that was called Adam was overflowed and drowned out, and the city has never ben rebuilt, and so it is with us, when we make the second crossing the city of Adam in us is destroyed with the baptism of the Holy Ghost and fire, and it is God's will and plan and purpose with us that that old city shall never be rebuilt.
Well, amen, thank the Lord! I remember when the city of Adam was destroyed in me; I felt the fire burning, and I saw the smoke curling, and I saw the Devil running, and I was leaping in the air, praising God that the "Old Man" was dead, and I went to my own funeral, and there wasn't but one mourner there, and that was the Devil. And while the Devil howled and growled, and said it wouldn't last, and it was all a delusion, and there was nothing to it, and nobody had ever had it, and that I couldn't live it, I sat down and laughed and cried, and praised God that I had traded off nothing and gotten everything.
From that day to this, I have been as happy as a baldheaded bumblebee in a hundred acres of red top clover. In my visions I have seen rainbows, and orange blossoms, and clover fields; I have heard the birds singing, and have seen bees sipping honey from the clover blossoms, and I have had a beegum in the backyard of my soul that I haven't robbed this spring, and my bees have swarmed every week for thirty years, and my pancake tree is loaded to the waterline and my honey pond is deep enough to swim in and I don't call the Devil "colonel" any more; I just call him Devil, for he is one, and he knows he is, and I won't take it back.
I ring off right here.
Robinson, Reuben A. (Bud) (2015-03-31). Chapter 3: Crossing Jordan. Bees in Clover. The Collected Works of 'Uncle Bud' Robinson (Kindle Locations 2426-2434). Jawbone Digital. Kindle Edition.