Summary: THE CAPTAIN’S CAPTAIN
Joshua 5:13-6:2 THE CAPTAIN’S CAPTAIN
1. Joshua discovered the Presence of God - GOD WAS WITH HIM 13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries?
(a) THE PROMISE OF GOD ASSURED HIM: Ch 1:5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
a third time in Ch 3:7 And the LORD said unto Joshua, This day will I begin to magnify thee in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee.
(b) THE PEOPLE OF GOD ASSURED HIM: Ch 1:17 According as we hearkened unto Moses in all things, so will we hearken unto thee: only the LORD thy God be with thee, as he was with Moses
(c) THE POWER OF GOD ASSURED HM:
Rahab Ch 2:10 For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red sea for you, when ye came out of Egypt; and what ye did unto the two kings of the Amorites, that were on the other side Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly destroyed. - Heb 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
The gospel of Matthew begins calling His name, Emmanuel, God with us. It ends “Lo I am with you always even unto the end of the world.”
2. Joshua discovered the Pre-eminence of God - GOD WAS BEFORE HIM
14 And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come
(a) THE LORD JESUS WAS THE SUPREME COMMANDER:
He has not come to take sides but to take over.
The psalmist “ The Lord of hosts is with us, the God of Jacob is our refuge.”
Elisha in Dothan The Syrian army had surrounded the city.
2 Kings 6:16 Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. 17 And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.
Gethsemane - Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? - 72,000.
(b) THE LEADER JOSHUA WAS THE SECONDARY COMMANDER:
14 And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant? - Watchman Nee wrote, “ Not until we take the place of a servant can He take His place as Lord.”
“What saith”God’s Word“My Lord”God’s Will“His servant” God’s Work.
3. Joshua discovered the Providence of God - GOD WAS AROUND HIM 15 captain of the LORD’S host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so