The title of this blog post came from the Langston Hughes’ poem, “The Negro Speaks of Rivers”. I saw a couple of things he got wrong in the poem but he was right when he said that the Hebrews have known (many) rivers like the Euphrates, the Nile, the Congo and the Mississippi. We are the Hebrews, the wanderers or river crossers. We have also known the Jordan or Ha Yarden Nehar, the Jordan River. That’s a picture of the Jordan above.
The word Yarden means descender because it flows north to south from Lake Huleh and the Sea of Galilee in the north to the Dead (or Salt) Sea in the south. The Jordan plain was described as being “like the garden of Yah” in Genesis 13:10. The current of the Jordan, near where the Israylites crossed in Joshua 3:15 is said to be about 20 yards wide, deeper than a man’s height and so rapid that there is no swimming against it. The Jordan is about 10 km or 6 to 7 miles deep. The Jordan has smaller tributary rivers that flow from it which include: The Yarmuk River, the Yabbok River and the Arnon River.
Another picture of the Jordan River.
The River (Water) Crossers: Yah Troubles the Waters
Yah moved the waters for Noah, Genesis 8:1
Abraham crossed the Euphrates River: According to Yahoshua Ben Nun, Joshua 24:2-3.
Yahqob crossed the Euphrates River: Genesis 31:21
Yahqob crossed the Jordan River tributary: Genesis 32:22-23.
Moshe parted the Red Sea, Exodus 14. Compare Exodus 14:22 to the Book of Yaher 81:37-38 Yah put the waters in 12 columns, 6 on the right and 6 on the left and the Children of Ysrayl passed between them.
Ysrayl crossed the Jordan River under Yahoshua Ben Nun, Joshua chapter 3, Joshua 4:18, Joshua 5:1
David crossed the Jordan River, 2 Shemuyah 10:17 and 2 Shemuyah 17:22 but David used a ferry to cross the Jordan River in 2 Shemuyah19:17-18.
Other Hebrews crossed the Jordan River, 1 Shemuyah 13:7, 2 Shemuyah 2:29.
Yah rebuked the sea with the breath of His nostrils, 2 Shemuyah 22:16.
Yliyah divided the Jordan River, 2 Kings 2:8.
Ylishua divided the Jordan River, 2 Kings 2:14.
Yah troubles the waters: Psalm 77:16, Psalm 106:9, Psalm 107:33, Psalm 107:35, Psalm 114:3. *Psalm 136:13-15.
Yah is going to trouble the waters in the future second exodus: Isaiah 11:11-16.
Yah commanded the waters to be silent: Isaiah 41:1. Yah makes our path through the mighty waters, Isaiah 43:16.
Yah rebukes the seas and drys them up, Nahum 1:4.
Yah divided waters in a hidden land for Ysrayl, 2 Esdras 13:39-50.
*Also 4 Esdras 13:40-50
Yahoshua walked on the waters, Mattithyah 14:22-33.
Yahoshua crossed the Jordan River: Mattithyah 19:1, Mark 10:1, Mattithyah 4:25, Mark 3:7-8.
Yahoshua was immersed in the Jordan River, Mattithyah 3:5-6, Mark 1:5, Luke 3:3, John 1:28.
Yahoshua took refuge from those wanting to kill Him at the Jordan River in the place Yahanan the Immerser had immersed Him, John 10:39-40.
Yah will cause waters to be swallowed up in the second Exodus, Revelation 12:16.
*Psalm 65:9 Yah waters the earth and enriches it. The river of Yah is full of water.
*Wells of water appeared to Hagar in Genesis 16:11-14 and Genesis 21:19.
*Isaiah 43:2, Yah is with us when we pass through the waters. They don’t overflow us and when we walk through fire, we are not burned nor scorched.
*Amos 5:8, Yah calls the waters of the sea and pours them out upon the face of the earth.
*Psalm 29:3 The voice of Yah is over the waters…Yah is over the waters.
*Psalm 135:6 Yah controls heaven and earth, the seas and deep places.