And something light-hearted for February from New Zealand

Rosalie Sugrue of Aotearoa / New Zealand is a frequent contributor to “Touchstone” magazine, often with materials that can be used as ice breakers for Bible studies. This is her contribution for the February issue shared here. Yes, you can used American spellings!

Jordan – A River of New Beginnings

As we begin a New Year it is timely to reflect on the river Jordan symbolising new beginnings. Many Jordan stories carry hopes of a better life and assurance of God’s presence. The Jordan is a dominant feature on Biblical maps. The distance between the two lakes it links is about 105 km (65 miles). Due to its winding course its waters travel well over twice that distance, 325 km (200 miles), and drop a staggering 390 metres (2,380 feet). In Hebrew the word Jordan means ‘the descender’ or ‘to come or go down.’ The same Hebrew word is also used in the Bible in regard to issues of faith and strength.

John __ his followers in the Jordan River __ __ __ T __ __ __ __    Mk 1:9
Baptism symbolised __ to sinful ways… __ __ __ __ H    Rm 6:4
…and rising to the new __ in the Spirit __ __ __ E    Rm 7:6

The very ancient city that still exists near the Jordan __ __ R __ __ __ __    Nmb 26:3
Crossing Jordan gave access to the __ Land __ __ __ __ I __ __ __    Deut 6:3
‘Crossing Jordan’ is a euphemism for ‘going to __’ __ __ __ V __ __    2 Kg 2:11
David’s army __ themselves at the Jordan __ __ __ __ E __ __ __ __    2 Sam 16:14
When Joshua’s priests carried the __ into the river… __ R __    Josh 3:6
…the people __ over without getting wet… __ __ O __ __ __ __    Jsh 3:17
…because the water had stopped __ F __ __ __ __ __ __    Jsh 3:13

The people who lived along the Jordan, the __ __ __ __ __ N __ __ __ __ Nbs 13:29
Of 12 scouts only Joshua and __ could cross Jordan __ __ __ E __    Nbs 14:30
Joshua took __ stones from the Jordan for an altar __ W __ __ __ __    Jsh 4:9

Jordan tributary that Jacob crossed with his household __ __ B __ __ __    Gen 32:22
The river Jordan flows into the __ Sea (AKA ‘Salt’ Sea) __ E __ __    Nbs 34:12
Lot likened the fertile Jordan valley to ‘the __ of the Lord’ G __ __ __ __ __    Gen 13:10
The first prophet to part the waters of Jordan __ __ I __ __ __    2 Kg 2:8
The leper cured by bathing in the Jordan N __ __ __ __ __    2 Kg 5:1-14
A Judge who led an army of 300 over Jordan __ __ __ __ __ N    Jdg 8:4
The second prophet to part the waters of Jordan __ __ I __ __ __    2 Kg 2:14
Jesus also taught in the regions __ the Jordan __ __ __ __ N __    Mt 19:1
The Jordan flows out of the Sea of G __ __ __ __ __ __    Mk 1:16
The leader not permitted to cross over the Jordan __ __ S __ __    Deut 4:22

ANSWERS: baptised, death, life; Jericho, Promised, Heaven, refreshed, ark; crossed, flowing; Canaanites, Caleb, twelve; Jabbok, Dead, garden, Elijah, Naaman, Gideon, Elisha, beyond, Galilee, Moses

Inspired by Rosalie, this is me — for a little bit of fun (tune, “Michael Rowed the Boat Ashore”

Jordan water is sparkling and bold — Alleluia!
Splash and laugh — we’re not too old. Alleluia

Picnic basket with a table wide. Alleluia!
Share the bounty while we’re still this side … Alleluia!

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2 Responses to And something light-hearted for February from New Zealand

  1. Rosalie Sugrue says:

    Well, this is a surprise (I wasn’t thinking of you posting it) but here’s hoping some enjoy it without checking the answers. ‘Touchstone’ presents the answers upside-down in tiny print). I love your cheery song especially as we are melting in a very unusual heat wave! I hope others in your part of the world can use their imaginations to warm themselves with your summery words.
    PS I have Bible puzzles on every Bible theme imaginable available free to anyone who asks.

  2. Maren says:

    I know you have a tremendous resource of such fun and light Biblical “play” Things have been so grim in our end of things that I thought there was a definite need for frivolity and joy!!

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