THE PRINCE FROM HEAVEN (Joshua 5:13-15).
THE PRINCE FROM HEAVEN ( Joshua 5:13-15).
13When Joshua was by Jericho, he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold,(A) a man was standing before him(B) with his drawn sword in his hand. And Joshua went to him and said to him, “Are you for us, or for our adversaries?” 14And he said, “No; but I am the commander of the army of the LORD. Now I have come.” And Joshua(C) fell on his face to the earth and worshiped and said to him, “What does my lord say to his servant?” 15And the commander of the LORD’s army said to Joshua,(D) “Take off your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so. – Joshua 5:13-15 (English Standard Version)
Matthew Henry writes in his commentary of the Bible;
“We read not of any appearance of God’s glory to Joshua till now. There appeared to him one as a man to be noticed. This Man was the Son of God, the eternal Word. Joshua gave him Divine honours: he received them, which a created angel would not have done, and he is called Jehovah, chap. 6:2. To Abraham he appeared as a traveller; to Joshua as a man of war. Christ will be to his people what their faith needs. Christ had his sword drawn, which encouraged Joshua to carry on the war with vigour. Christ’s sword drawn in his hand, denotes how ready he is for the defence and salvation of his people.g His sword turns every way. Joshua will know whether he is a friend or a foe. The cause between the Israelites and Canaanites, between Christ and Beelzebub, will not admit of any man’s refusing to take one part or the other, as he may do in worldly contests. Joshua’s inquiry shows an earnest desire to know the will of Christ, and a cheerful readiness and resolution to do it. All true Christians must fight under Christ’s banner, and they will conquer by his presence and assistance.”
Simple note 1.
Joshua receives a heavenly visitor, apparently Jesus himself on the eve of the battle against Jericho.
Simple note 2.
Joshua is reassured of victory and told (as once was Moses -Ex.3:5) to remove his shoes.