There is little attention paid to the story before the Story. In Joshua, the Lord made his transition between Moses and Joshua clear and complete. Joshua had taken the mantle of Moses as the people crossed the Jordan River and entered Canaan. Now, as the armies were fast approaching their first battle, God sent the Angel of the Lord to make sure Joshua knew he was not alone.
This was no ordinary angel (AS IF THERE IS SUCH A THING). This was the pre-incarnate Christ. When asked if he was for Israel or Israel’s enemy—he said, neither. But he was there to keep his covenant and deliver into the hands of Israel—their inheritance. With the armies of the Lord on his side, Joshua was ready to start marching around the city of Jericho.
We have the Holy Spirit walking with us on the journey. He is a part of us and provides strength, comfort and direction. Mostly, like the Angel of the Lord, the spirit is with us to honor the covenant God has made with us–His chosen people. If we will humbly walk with him and honor him with our lives, he will prepare us, protect us and provide for us everything we need to face the battles that are in front of us.
God Bless You
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 facedown 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.