Mysterious Warrior

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?”

“Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the LORD I have now come.” Joshua 5: 13- 14

Many Bible scholars agree that this is another case of theophany, the appearance of God in human form in the Old Testament. Two things can be said of this rare appearance:

One, God meets us in our time of need. He doesn’t just tell us to go on a fight and leave us to our own devices. He knows how scared we can get so he meets us right where we need him.

Two, God is non-partisan. He is high above our political divisions. His presence, not his political stance, is all that we need.

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