Reading Joshua 3 – 6 for today…
“And the Captain of the LORD’S host said unto Joshua, ‘Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy.’ And Joshua did so.” Joshua 5:15 (KJB)
Who is this Man? I am certain that when Jesus Christ was born onto this planet, and in Israel many asked that question of Him. I have no doubt in my mind who this Man who appeared to Joshua the night before their first battle in the Promised Land is.
Who is this Man? He is called in the New King James Bible “The Commander of the LORD’S army”. He says that of Himself. Joshua worships Him, falling down at His feet, without receiving any rebuke or correction.
This was not an angelic being. He was a Christophany, and appearance of the God Man. He is in this experience with Joshua a very similar one as with Moses (Exodus 3) and his calling to return to Egypt and be God’s instrument for delivering Israel out of Egyptian bondage. The LORD had spoken to Moses out of a burning bush, and received a very similar command to remove his shoes from his feet, you are standing on holy ground.
Who is this Man? None other than God the Son as Commander of the LORD’S army there to call Joshua to stand alongside Him to fulfill His promises and His word to the people of God; and through them show Himself strong.
When it comes to wars and conflicts it is a foolish thing to think, “God is on my [our] side”. It is imperative that we rather be on God’s side. We must choose to be on His side.
This Man had come to fight alongside Joshua. Christ Jesus came into the earth to become sin for us (2 Corinthians 5:21), to die for our sin on the cross, to be buried, and to rise again from the grave conquering all of sin, death, hell, and the grave. By the Spirit of Christ within all who are His we face every battle and He is with us.