Saturday, April 10, 2010

Da Man!

Many people who have done great things for God have had a dramatic encounter with God.

Moses and the burning bush. Saul the religious zealot meeting Jesus personally. Two that stand out.

Today Joshua is newly in charge of the people of Israel. He has just been appointed the leader of the people, and the commander of the army. He is to conquer the entire land militarily. He is appropriately overwhelmed by the task before him.

He sees a guy with a sword drawn. Danger alert!

He does the classic, "Identify yourself, soldier!"

It's kill or be killed. There's no messing around when you are assaulting enemy territory and you intend to destroy everything that's standing and take it over.

13 "When Joshua was near the town of Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with sword in hand. Joshua went up to him and demanded, “Are you friend or foe?”

14 “Neither one,” he replied. “I am the commander of the Lord’s army.”

Whoa! That was unexpected. No ordinary soldier, this. He is "Da MAN!!!"

"At this, Joshua fell with his face to the ground in reverence. “I am at your command,” Joshua said. “What do you want your servant to do?”

Joshua's heart is revealed. And the reason he was chosen as the leader. He is reverent. Obedient. Worshipful.

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 as he was told."

From this incident Joshua went on to one military conquest after another.

And he always did so with the firm knowledge that:

The Commander of the Lord's Army was with him...

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