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On The Road To Jericho
by Wayne Blank
Joshua's Encounter On The Road To Jericho
Not long after the Israelites' crossing of the Jordan River into their physical promised land, Joshua, who had succeeded Moses as the leader of Israel, encountered a man with a drawn sword. Rather than sending a subordinate, Joshua, a true leader, approached the man himself, ready to talk with him, or to kill him - Joshua left it up to the man. The man then identified himself as also being a commander, an angel commander, a "captain of the host of The Lord" (see also God's Marines):
"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?"
The reason for the angel stating that Joshua was at that moment standing on holy ground was then made evident - The Lord spoke to Joshua and gave him the instructions for the taking of Jericho:
"Now Jericho was straitly shut up because of the children of Israel: none went out, and none came in."
Fact Finder: Does the Bible say "Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares" (KJV)?