THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
Sometimes we must admit that we need to "get back to the basics."
Vanna White once said of her job,
"I may not be the most intellectual person in the world, but I do have to know the letters."
13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries?
14 And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant?
15 And the captain of the LORD's host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so.
One might well ask, “What does this passage of Scripture contain for ME?”
If you'll recall, when Moses met God at the burning bush, he was told to take off his shoes because that place where he met God was HOLY GROUND.
Joshua hears basically the same words (see verse 15 above).
Any time and any place where we meet God - it is HOLY GROUND.
We should reverence and adore God and surrender ourselves to His command.
As the people of Israel approached Jericho, Joshua saw a "man."
That "man" was a theophany.
He was a visible presence of the Lord Jesus in the Old Testament!
Joshua also noticed that this "man" was dressed as a warrior.
Naturally, Joshua wanted to know if this person was going to fight in the battle WITH Israel or AGAINST Israel.
But our Lord told Joshua that He didn't come to take sides, He came to TAKE OVER!
Jesus is the only "Man" Who ever won the battle against sin!
Without His command we certainly lose the battle.
That is why it is important to surrender to Christ as Lord of our lives.
Notice that when Joshua realized the "man" was the "Captain" of all the Lord's forces, he IMMEDIATELY dropped to his face on the ground.
And the first question out of his mouth reflected surrender, “What saith my Lord unto His servant?” (vs 14 above)
We must surrender to Christ ONCE to be "accepted in the beloved" (Ephesians 1:6).
But we must surrender to Christ DAILY to be effective warriors in the battle against sin (Luke 9:23).
We cannot be effective warriors in the battle against sin unless we are under the command of the "Captain."
We don't have to be the most intellectual person in the world to "get back to basics!"
REMEMBER: Christ didn't come to take sides in our battle with sin, He came to TAKE OVER!
To fight the effective battle with sin, let Jesus TAKE OVER!