"And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, ‘Are You for us or for our adversaries?’” Joshua 5:13
As Joshua surveyed the city of Jericho he must have been thinking, “How should I strike this city?” At that point Joshua was functioning as any good commander would, but then he saw a Man. Not just any man, but the Commander of the army of the Lord. Joshua was the human commander of the army of Israel, but he was now in the presence of the true Commander, Jesus Christ! This is what is called a “theophany” - a temporary appearance of God in human flesh. Joshua was so moved by being in the presence of the Commander of the Lord’s army that he fell on his face and worshipped Him.
There are many marvelous things I could point out here, but the one thing that really stuck out to me was the fact that the Commander of the army of the Lord was standing with His sword drawn in His hand. This signified that the Lord Himself would be fighting the battle for Joshua and the children of Israel. It was not Israel that would take Jericho, but the Lord.
The fact of the matter is that we’re all in a battle today, and many of us try to fight our battles in our own strength, with our own swords drawn. But this leaves us constantly feeling afraid and discouraged. If that is you today, put down your sword and fall on your face and worship the Commander of the Lord’s army. He still has His sword drawn for you and His sword guarantees complete victory. No one can succeed in taking up arms against the Lord Jesus, so throw down your sword and submit to Him for He has told us: “Do no be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s” (2 Chronicles 20:15).
Join us Wednesday night at 6:30pm at Jorge & Perla Portillo’s home as we open Joshua 5 and discover just how we should be “Preparing for Battle” each and every day. God bless you and hope to see you there!