Now it came about when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was standing opposite him with his sword drawn in his hand, and Joshua went to him and said to him, “Are you for us or for our adversaries?” Joshua 5:13
As Joshua was leading the Israelites into Jericho to take over the city, he came across a man, but this wasn’t just any man, this was God in the flesh Jesus Christ himself. When we study the Old Testament we can see how Jesus has been revealed many times before he came down to take the wages of our sins.
Interesting enough Jesus revealed himself to Joshua who bears the same name. Joshua is the English translation of Yeshua (Jesus) And Joshua was the successor to Moses, who God first revealed himself to.
He said, “No; rather I indeed come now as captain of the host of the LORD.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and bowed down, and said to him, “What has my lord to say to his servant?” Joshua 5:14
Jesus revealed to Joshua exactly who he is, as the captain or commander of God. Notice instantly Joshua bowed down to the King of Kings, and Jesus didn’t rebuke him. Its always been well known by the Jewish people to only bow and worship God. The fact that Joshua, the leader of the Israelites does this should tell you something
The captain of the LORD’S host said to Joshua, “Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so. Joshua 5:15
This last statement by Jesus gives us confirmation about his deity. Remember when Moses talked to God at the Burning Bush (Exodus 3) God commanded Moses to remove his sandals because he was standing on holy ground, Jesus commands Joshua to do exactly the same.
The revelation of Jesus Christ, as God in the flesh, is clear here in Joshua. Jesus as the commander or captain is leading us into the Promise Land Amen!