Are you sick of hearing about the Coronavirus? Well, I am! Today, I bring you some good news! We are in a season of rest, and it coincides with Passover, and will end with the celebration of Jesus’s resurrection. I’m reading through the book of Joshua, and Israel is preparing to take over the promised land, and have just celebrated Passover, and for the first time in years, manna was no longer there for them to eat because they were enjoying the fruit of the land of Canaan. Side-note: many of the people of the United States are about to get a check from the government - fruit of the land! It was right after this solemn time that Joshua encountered the Commander of the Lord’s army, who was none-other than Jesus! We know it was the Lord, because he made him take off his shoes because he was standing on holy ground. I believe this appearance gave Joshua the courage to pursue the land he was commanded to take over. The Lord was with Israel, went before them, covered their flanks, and was the rear guard! Be encouraged today! The Commander of the Lord’s army is with us!
As I read the scripture today, I became overwhelmed by his holiness, and the assurance that Jesus is with us always, but more importantly, he is with us during our current battle, and goes before us as Commander. I’m excited to see what happens on the other side of this trial.
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?” 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?” 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. Joshua 5:13-15