Are you facing an impossible situation?
An overwhelming enemy? A dominating sin? You’re not alone. There’s a mighty warrior by your side. Actually, he’s going before you.
When Joshua was by Jericho, he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was standing before him with his drawn sword in his hand. And Joshua went to him and said to him, “Are you for us, or for our adversaries?” And he said, “No; but I am the commander of the army of the LORD. Now I have come.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped…Joshua 5:13-14
Israel had crossed the Jordan and camped next to Jericho, an impregnable fortress. Joshua may have been taking a walk, contemplating how they’d conquer it. Suddenly he looked up and saw a warrior, sword drawn. He ran to him and asked, “Whose side are you on? Are you going to fight for us or our enemies?”
The warrior replied, “No; but I am the commander of the army of the LORD. Now I have come.” The warrior was an OT (Pre-Incarnate) manifestation of Jesus. He was clearly God, for Joshua fell down and worshipped him. Angels never let anyone do that. Jesus said, “now I have come,” meaning, “I will fight this battle for you, with my all my power, and all the host of heaven.” Jesus is not only a Savior, but as EX 15.3 says:
The LORD is a warrior; the LORD is his name. (NIV)
Revelation 19 portrays Jesus this way:
Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses.From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords. (11-16)
We often think of Jesus as meek and mild, as movies sometimes portray him: soft, serious, unsmiling, speaking in a Shakespearian accent, “Suffuh the little children to come to me.” But this isn’t the Jesus of Scripture. He is awesome, fearful, and majestic.
And this Jesus who led Israel against Jericho FIGHTS FOR US! You’re not alone! You may feel like it’s all you can do to get through one more day, but don’t forget who fights for you, as he told Israel:
The Lord your God who goes before you will himself fight for you, just as he did for you in Egypt before your eyes, DT 1.30.
And God hasn’t ceased fighting for his people:
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 CO 15.57
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. RO 8.37
Our victory is “through our Lord Jesus Christ” and we conquer “through him who loved us.”
What Jericho are you facing? Jesus intercedes for you day and night and fights your battles! So keep swinging that sword. The commander of the Lord’s army goes before you. And he will crush his enemies.