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The journey continues…
Oftentimes, we think that the Most High God is either on our side or our enemies’ however there is a third side.
According to Joshua 5:13-14, “Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, ‘Are you for us or for our enemies?’ ‘Neither,’ he replied, ‘but as commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.’ Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence, and asked him, ‘What message does my Lord have for his servant?”
Jesus the Son of God
Bible scholars have concluded that the man with the sword is the Son of God. He is not an angel because angels are ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation (Hebrews 1:14). Hence, they do not accept worship from human beings, the apostle John wrote, “I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I had heard and seen them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had been showing them to me. But he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your fellow prophets and with all who keep the words of this scroll. Worship God!” (Revelation 22:8-9). On the other hand, Jesus accepts worship and was pleased when Joshua worshipped Him.
God Is On His Own Side
When God called Joshua, He said to him, “As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Joshua 1:5). Interestingly, He later told him in Joshua 5:14, that He was neither for him nor his enemies. Both statements show God’s authority over mankind. He was with Joshua but not on his side. History has shown that Christians do not live a holy and blameless lifestyle; sometimes we yield to our carnal desires. As a result, God cannot trust us to be on our side. Furthermore, He is our Creator and Savior, it is inappropriate for him to be on the side of lesser beings. Implicit in the Lord’s response is the powerful message, “Joshua, you are on my side, I am not on your side.”
Whose side is God on? The truth is that He is on his own side which is righteous and holy. He expects us to be aligned with him and not the other way around. We should not allow ourselves to be so caught up in our daily activities that we forget who is in charge. Joshua asked the wrong question, a more appropriate question would have been, “Whose side are you on?”
How Do I Know If I Am On The Lord’s Side?
You might have considered the question, what can I do to get on the Lord’s side? The Bible says, “If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love” (John 15:10). When you obey the Lord, you are on his side. Will you make a commitment to obey him today?