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A Different Kind Of Battle

Scripture: Joshua 5:12-15:

“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 face-down to the ground in reverence, and asked him, “What message does my Lord 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.


On the eve of beginning to march around Jericho, Joshua has this strange encounter with the “commander of the Lord’s army.” At this point Joshua knows he is to take Jericho, but he does not know how. I wonder what plans Joshua had, and what he thought victory would actually look like. All I can say about that is that I think Joshua was VERY surprised when he was let in on the plans the next day!

We often hear things like, “We will defeat the Corona virus when we are all safely back to work and the economy is humming.” What if God’s definition of victory is different? What if our perception of the battle is not God’s plan for the battle? Is He with his people now less than he was with Joshua? What if God’s definition of “victory” includes the way God’s people acted and reacted in obedience to Him during the pandemic? Personally, I have no doubt that the commander of the army of the Lord is with his people during this battle.

The question I have is, “What kind of victory are we looking for?”



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