This was first drawn to my attention on 23rd September 2008 and I was astonished because I had read Joshua 5 repeatedly but had been blind to this truth. Here is the excerpt from Joshua 5: 13-15:

And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries?

And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant?

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.

THE RATIONALES FOR MY CLAIM:

1. The text indicates that Joshua was wide awake when he saw the Lord (one member of the God family). He knew the person to whom he was speaking because he approached Him and addressed Him directly

2. Why was Joshua so familiar with the Lord? The answer is found in Exodus 24: 13:

 “And Moses rose up, and his minister Joshua: and Moses went up into the mount of God”.

Hmmm. This is very important. Joshua was Moses’ minister and he went wherever Moses went. It is through Joshua 5 that I learnt that Moses saw God live and direct, although I was told in Exodus 33: 11 that “… the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend…” Moses did not talk with a voice that came out of clouds, smoke and fire, or from between the cherubims (like the high priests did). He saw God in the form of a man, and since Joshua was right on Moses’ heels, he saw and knew the Lord as well.

This tells us the reason why God chose Joshua as Moses’s successor and why such miracles were  done under his leadership. He spent time in the presence of the Lord God Almighty.

3. The Lord’s response indicates that He had visited Joshua previously. When questioned about the reason for his visit, He replied, “… Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come…”

In this context, the word now is used as an adverb, meaning at the present time or moment (dictionary.reference.com). The Lord Himself immediately and clearly referred to previous visits with Joshua.

4. Joshua’s response  of falling on his face and worshipping, like Abraham and Moses did, is another indicator that he knew that he was  being visited by the Lord of the whole earth.

5. Joshua also asked for instructions –   What saith my lord unto his servant? Like Moses, he could do nothing except the Lord gave  the word. 

6. God’s response to Joshua parallels the one given to Moses when he had his initial divine  encounter:

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.

When God saw that Moses had stopped his busy schedule to see why the bush was burning, He told him,

“… Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground”.

God’s first request to both men was a demand to  worship. What an honor to be visited by the Lord of the earth and to encounter Him face to face.  The power and the glory begins, with a live personal encounter with God.

All the rest will follow. Joshua later received the battle plan for capturing Jericho in chapter 6 and crazy as it sounded, God had divine technology for curshing mighty walls that may be yet unknown to man.

7. Any place that God visits us is holy and a place of worship. I must confess that I need to be available to these visits.

Have you seen God. What difference has it made in your live? Let me know.

Blessings and have a great day!

 

 

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