Rahab and her extended family are saved through her faith from the judgment that God brings on Jericho. The Canaanites were no different from the ancient Britons and others. They were doing what they were doing however, inside God’s place – The Promised Land! This was the land where God would talk with man face to face, just as in Eden. Joshua meets the guardian cherub as he crosses Jordan from the east! Eden’s guardian cherub was placed on the east side!
At the beginning of today’s passage (the end of chapter 5) there is a very interesting conversation between the commander of the army of the LORD and Joshua, where the commander says,
“Take off your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy.”
Back in Exodus chapter 3 the Lord speaks to Moses out of the bush that is burning but not consumed, saying,
“… Take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.”
Here is the commander of the armies of the LORD meeting with the commander of the armies of Israel, God’s people.
And if the commander that Joshua meets is Jesus, previous to being born on earth, then this truly is God speaking to Joshua the same words He did to Moses.
The ground is holy because of who is there. God is there! And we know that Jesus is the King who leads His armies into battle (Revelation 19:11-16).
So. Joshua is entering the promised land as the head of the earthly army of Israel.
And here He meets Jesus, the head of the heavenly armies of the LORD – Jesus as armed for war.
There is a sense of authority here, that Joshua meets with his Captain, and worships and acknowledges Him.
But we see from this passage and throughout God’s word that we have a King who leads His armies into battle, a King who fights for us. He has defeated death.
Jesus is His Name, what a Saviour!
* Dear Lord God,
Thank You for Jesus, our King and Saviour.
Thank You for Your word, which shows us that our King leads His armies, the rider on the white horse.
Thank You that Jesus is Your word become flesh, who shows us how to live as Your people in Your world under Your rule.