Joshua 5:13 Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?” 14 “Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.” Then Joshua fell face down to the ground in reverence, and asked him, “What message does my Lord[e] have for his servant?” 15 The commander of the Lord’s army replied, “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so.
I have many favorite passages in the Bible and this is one of them. Joshua is full of the Spirit and full of adrenaline. He has just taken over from Moses. He has led the Hebrews across the Jordan. He is about to attack Jericho. I feel his energy. I want to be Joshua. He’s in charge and he’s ready to conquer anything that gets in his way.
He sees a man standing in front of him with a sword. Are you for us or against us? It is a logical question and I’m sure that Joshua is ready to fight him. As much as i admire Joshua, I really like this commander! He knows who he is and he doesn’t waste time with small talk. “as commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.” Wow. Don’t you wish you had identity clarity like that and the power to go with it? I get the sense that you don’t mess with this guy. He makes Rambo and Chuck Norris look like wimps.
Joshua again steps up – The great leader in one moment, full of power and energy, and the next second he is face down in the dirt before God’s awesome power.
Can we react like that?
Take off your sandals, where you are standing is holy!