Whose Side Are You On?

When Joshua was by Jericho, he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was standing before him with his drawn sword in his hand. And Joshua went to him and said to him, “Are you for us, or for our adversaries?” And he said, “No; but I am the commander of the army of the LORD. Now I have come.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped and said to him, “What does my lord say to his servant?”
(Joshua 5:13-14 ESV)

First, notice that the angel Joshua encounters is not a beautiful woman in a choir robe. Armor-clad soldiers is one of the things History’s The Bible got right.

Secondly, notice he doesn’t say he is on Joshua’s side. He is the commander of the army of the LORD, and Joshua is his servant. Where do we get the idea that God is ever on our side? We don’t even have a side. If you recall, it is later Joshua who says to the nation of Israel “Chose this day whom you will serve… But as for me and my house we will serve the LORD.”

5 thoughts on “Whose Side Are You On?

  1. Did the show have the angels singing in armor?? (At Jesus’ birth)

    I think that the idea of the Lord is on “MY” side comes from people not reading the bible. They just take a verse here and there….Also they listen to all the voices out in the christian world. NOT the voice of the Master Himself. Jesus is the great Shepherd of the sheep.

  2. I looked at Luke 2:13 in several different translations (ESV, KJV, NIV, HCSB, NASB) and they all read about the same: “multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying…” The Bible says nothing of the angels singing to the shepherds on the night of Jesus’ birth, that’s Christmas card theology.

    On that night, as is often the case with angels appearing to people in scripture, the first thing said was “Be not afraid.” There is obviously something to be afraid of when an angel shows himself or fear would not be the initial reaction.

  3. I was kidding.LOL about the TV show- you said the “that they show the angel in armor-clad v. choir robe. That is what I was speaking about…Sorry for my sense of humor. I hope I did not make you mad.

  4. No, I’m not mad. I’ve been going on about the women in choir robes/ little naked babies thing for a few years. Anytime a “host” is mentioned in scripture it’s nearly always a military formation. In Isaiah 6, the seraphim say to one another “Holy holy holy is the Lord God Almighty.” Still no singing. 😀

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