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A Wall Against the Water Joshua 3:7-17

A Wall Against the Water

When we face raging rivers, God throws up a wall. But this barrier turns into a door.

At a Glance

The Japanese are building the biggest anti-tsunami barrier in history. The seawall will stretch for 230 miles and cost almost $8 billion. But will it be enough? When the ancient Israelites prepared to cross the Jordan, they, too, needed a barrier against the water. Sometimes, we do, too.


Editors' Pick

For material based on today's epistle text, see "Fat Tire Fathers," October 30, 2005, at HomileticsOnline.com.


Humans have been standing at the edge of the water for thousands of years.

And wondering what to do.

Three years ago, a massive tsunami crashed into northeastern Japan, causing enormous damage and destruction. Today, the government is building the biggest anti-tsunami barrier in history.

This network of enormous seawalls is being mocked by some as "the Great Wall of Japan." Construction has begun, and the barrier will eventually stretch for 230 miles and cost almost $8 billion.

According to NPR, the wall is designed to protect places like Kesennuma,...

















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