Joshua 5:13-15 “13 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 facedown 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.”
She hurt me so if you love me you will not like her. He is against me and did this this to me and so we are against each other. If you love me, than you will be against him and have nothing to do with him. For my sake you will be mad at those who oppose me. (James 2:1)
Some people pressure us to take sides against another person because of their own grievances. They pressure us that if we truly want to be close with them then we must have nothing to do with the other person, and certainly not love the other person, otherwise we will lose their own love and friendship. Pressure can be applied to choose sides. They will not allow for us to continue to be friends with both sides. (1 Timothy 5:21)
If you vote for someone I don’t agree with, then we cannot be friends. Some say that we must think like them or I cannot possibly be friends, or family, with them. So sad to be in an evil alliance (Obadiah)
While on the way to Jericho to do battle Joshua saw a man with a drawn sword standing in front of Him. It would seem logical to ask the man if he was for them or against them, to ask whose side he was on. The man answered “neither.” An answer that it would seem that Joshua did not expect.
Many believe that this commander of the Lord’s army is none other than Jesus. Here are a couple reasons why I do. Angels do not receive worship because they know that we are only to worship the Lord God. (Revelation 22:8-9, Colossians 2:18) In V14 We see that this “commander” did not object to Joshua falling on his face and glorifying him. No Godly person, or angel, accepts worship but points worship toward God. This seems to be another occurrence of a Christophany, an Old Testament appearance of Jesus. Additionally, who is the commander of the army of a nation but the head of that nation? The President of the U.S.A. is the Commander In Chief of the armed forces. Thus this would seem to be, by the title given to Himself, and by the fact that He allowed Himself to be worshipped, the Lord Jesus.
Family and friends the messenger’s answer of “neither” should be the same that we give to those who would want to drag us into their fight. The Lord does not show partiality. (Deuteronomy 10:17, 1 Timothy 5;21) He loves us all the same. Some will decide against God and by doing so will receive the penalty for rejecting God. But until they die, God lovingly allows them the opportunity to repent and be forgiven. So the love of God remains with them. If someone purposely and without repentance harms another, then we side with justice. But that is not to side with one person over another, but to side with righteousness and justice. To side with God. We continue to, as God does, love the harmed and the one who harmed. As God still loves the sinner, we love the sinner and we pray for their salvation just as God holds out salvation for them to freely receive. (1 Corinthians 14:1)
Let’s not let others force us to hate or discriminate against another, rather obey God. When asked who we are for, let our response be either “neither” or “both.” We are for God and obey Him as Savior and Lord. We hope for the best for both. But sinners will be brought to justice by God. So love everyone and we will be as the Lord is. Let no person persuade us to abandon the way of love. Should that person who would force us become angry and abandons us, they will not change our love even for they themselves. We will still love and pray for them. That is what we are to do as we are first, foremost and always obedient to God out of love for Him.
Let us fulfill the law of love and so we fulfill the will of God. (Mark 12:31) After all, He died for us though we were at that time enemies of His. (Romans 5:10) Love God first and foremost with all that we are and then we must love others without prejudiced and without prejudice. (Mark 12:30-31) After all, all of us are very unlovable sometimes, but God loves us still. Let us be like the Lord God. If we live out the will of God who we love is no longer a problem. Oh how wonderful and great is our God. Lord God, may we be like you, every moment of every day of our lives. Glory to God! Praise God! Thank you Lord Jesus Christ! Love the unlovable as sometimes we all have been. Praise God!
Psalm 150:6 – Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!
Micah 7:7 – But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will Hear me.
Micah 6:8 – He has shown you, Oh man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you, but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.
Numbers 6:24-26 The Lord bless you and keep you; 25 The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you; 26 The Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.This entry was posted in Devotion and tagged Colossians, Corinthians, Deuteronomy, James, Joshua, Mark, Micah, Numbers, Obadiah, Psalm, Revelation, Romans, Timothy by Bob with