The example given today is not a type, but in truth the very Son of God; which was yet to become flesh; as He speaks with Joshua after they have entered into the Promised Land.
“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)
This was the evening before the LORD gives the children of Israel Jericho as a victory. Joshua has probably experienced some amount of anxiety. This is his first battle with a city as the new leader of Israel. He is evidently alone and the LORD appears to him.
We know it is the LORD because Joshua bows in worship to Him, and He accepts the worship. If it had been only an angel the angel would have quickly had Joshua stand; as the angel did with John in the Revelation 19:10.
This “Man” is none other than a theophany or preincarnate appearance of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself.
He refers to Himself as “Captain of the host of the LORD”. He is the same one who will lead the armies in the final battle on that Lord’s day when all evil will be put away; and Jesus Christ shall reign forever and forever (Revelation 19:11-20:15).
When Joshua sees the LORD He has His sword drawn in His hand, ready for battle. Joshua asks Him, “Are you for us, or our adversaries?” The answer the LORD gives is not a yes I am for you, or I am for your enemy; it is rather, “I am Captain of the host of the LORD”. Joshua submitted his will to the LORD’s will; and thus it should be for all who will be right with God.
It is not a matter of the LORD being on my side; it is however, a matter of me being on His side. The prophet Amos asked the question, “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” The answer to that question is NO! If we are to be participants in the Scarlet Thread of redemption we must agree with God, His Word, His commandments, and His salvation.
Fall today at the feet of the only one worthy of our worship. The only one who makes all things right with God. The Son of God Jesus Christ who died on the cross, was buried carrying sin away, and rising again for our justification.
-Tim A. Blankenship