Sunday evening Joseph Horton my associate preached on…

Sunday evening Joseph Horton, my associate preached on Joshua 5:13-15. He made a very good point, one which I had never realized and was glad to learn. As Joshua was readying for the battle against Jericho, a “man” appeared with a sword drawn. Joshua asked him, “Are you for us or for our enemies?” The “man” answered, “Neither, but as Commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.” The “man” is correctly capitalized in the NKJV. I believe it was our Lord, but even if not, he certainly represented God, for when Joshua bowed and worshiped, he was not rebuked, as he would have been had it been less than God. But the key point is in the answer “neither”. God is not on Israel’s side and against Jericho. God is not on America’s side and against Islamic nations. “God so loved the world” – all the world and all the people. It was a lesson Peter finally grasped: “I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.” Jericho fell because it resisted God, but Rahab was saved because “whoever fears and works righteousness is accepted.”

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