Summary: 3 of 3. Joshua came face-to-face with the Commander/Captain of the hosts of heaven. God’s people must become aware of their place in God’s battle. How can we take our proper place? Those securing their place in the LORD’s battle are Open to His...
IN (My/Your)PLACE-III—Joshua 5:13-15
Set for Restoration—Leadership—Ready to Rumble—Commanding the Battle
Just yesterday(Saturday) I was walking our dog by the Carrabelle River at sunset. I was at the intersection of Marine St. & Ave 'B'. The dog & I were on the east side of Marine street. I was looking west across the street & over the water at the beautiful sunset. The orange & pink light was playing off of the puffy clouds—A beautiful reminder of God’s majesty!
Then out of nowhere a car 'flies' up to the mooring of the Rollin' Stone(out shrimping that evening). A man hurriedly gets out of the car with camera in hand & rushes down to the Rollin' Stone dock. I recognized the man as one of the residents of Carrabelle who was a professional photographer. He & his wife have been to our church a few times. I didn't even speak to him for two reasons, 1)I was walking our ever-skittish-around-people dog & 2) I didn’t want to disturb the photographer because he was intent on obtaining the perfect shot of the sunset.
Just behind the photographer’s car a woman walks up to the same area to watch the gorgeous sunset.
The dog & I continued on down Marine St. when just before we reach the end of the boardwalk, another car pulls up to the sidewalk. Four people & two dogs hurriedly exit the car(obviously tourists) with their smartphone cameras pointed toward the sunset.
All of those people knew their place. They knew that if they were going to partake of the sunset, they would have to be fully prepared, & in the right place, at the right time.
We, as God’s people, must know our place in order to accomplish His work.
You must recognize your place in God’s kingdom & in His battle.
Joshua came face-to-face with the Commander/captain of the hosts of heaven.
God’s people must become aware of their place in the/God’s battle.
How can we take our proper place in the battle?
3 means of securing your/my place in the LORD’s battle.
We’ve found previously that Those securing their place in the LORD’s battle are...
1. Open to His PRESENCE(:13)
2. Open to His CONTROL(:14)
3—Those securing their place in the LORD’s battle are...
Open to His HOLINESS(:15)
:15—“Then the Commander of the LORD’s army said to Joshua, "Take your sandal off your foot, for the place where you stand is holy.” And Joshua did so.”
The “Commander”/captain of YHWH’s army told Joshua to remove his sandal(s).
*Joshua readily complied!
“Take your sandal off your foot”—Recognize he is unworthy/tainted with the world/sin.
Joshua was not to pollute this place with the ‘dirt’ of the world & worldliness—represented by the former traffic of his “sandals.” There was no need for Joshua to scout out Jericho, because the LORD would do it in His own way.
The very “place” where Joshua “stood” was “holy.” Removing his sandal(s) signified Joshua’s recognition & acceptance of the “holiness”/separateness/dedication to God of the meeting point with the man.
Mk. 6:11—“And whoever will not receive you nor hear you, when you depart from there, shake off the dust under your feet as a testimony against them. Assuredly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Sodom & Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city!”