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Monday, May 08, 2006

The Commander of God's armies meets Joshua

Joshua 5:13 When Joshua was by Jericho, he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was standing before him with his drawn sword in his hand. And Joshua went to him and said to him, “Are you for us, or for our adversaries?” 14 And he said, “No; but I am the commander of the army of the Lord. Now I have come.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped and said to him, “What does my lord say to his servant?” 15 And the commander of the Lord's army said to Joshua, “Take off your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so. (ESV)

Note that the commander didn't answer Joshua's question. It would have been inappropriate for him to do so. The question was not whose side he was on, but whose side Joshua was on. In other words, was Joshua on God's side, or not? There's a moral here for me. I don't want to know how many times I have wanted God to bless something I wanted to do, when I should have been asking God what He wanted me to do.

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