Joshua can be seen as a christ like figure of the Old Testament. Oshea son of Nun had his name changed to Joshua (Numbers 12:8, 16). From “deliverer” to “Jehovah saves”.
Joshua, following the crossing of the Jordan River on dry ground, spending seven days marching around the city of Jericho – one time around for 6 days, and seven times around on the 7th day – and conquering the city has an encounter with the Lord Himself.
“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?’ 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? 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.” Joshua 5:13-15 (KJV)
How can we know that this Man which Joshua encountered was God and not an angel? One of the clearest things which stands out is that Joshua bowed in worship, and was not corrected. Every time we find in Scripture a man bowing in worship to an angel we find the angel correcting the man (Revelation 22:8-9). This Man did not correct Joshua. Another is that when Joshua asked, “What saith my Lord unto His servant?” the Hebrew word for “Lord” is “Adon” which is a name for our God.
Joshua has an amazing encounter with the Lord of hosts, Captain, Commander of the hosts of the LORD. This should give us great cause for rejoicing. Knowing that our Lord is leading the army of Heaven as we battle our adversary each and every day. Our adversary is the devil, not our fellow man.
Follow Jesus. Believe Him. Trust Him and you will live with Him forever.
-Tim A. Blankenship