Carrying on colouring my way through the story of Joshua. I have to confess that I chose not to illustrate chapter 5 and the circumcision of the nation!!! Can you imagine?! No wait, don’t! I love this next bit of the story though. I get stupidly excited whenever I see Jesus pop up in the old testament (it’s kinda like playing where’s wally). You know the stories I mean? Like the 4th man appearing in the fiery furnace with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego who “looks like a son of the gods”. Or when Abraham receives 3 mysterious visitors and cooks them roast lamb under the shade of a tree in Genesis 18. Sarah laughs when He predicts she will have a baby by the same time next year, but when Jesus speaks…..! Or in the end of the book of Daniel, where Daniel has a vision of a man dressed in white – “his face like the appearance of lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and the sound of his words like the sound of a multitude.” Isn’t He magnificent?
I love looking for Him. Not just in my bible but looking for His likeness, His voice, His touch, His intervention in my life. Seeing the effects of Him being around in transforming people and circumstances; bringing freedom to prisoners, opening blind eyes, healing those who hurt, loving the unlovely, forgiving the failures and finding the lost! There is no one like Jesus!
And here we see Him again;
“When Joshua was by Jericho, he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was standing before him with his sword drawn in his hand. And Joshua went to him and said to him “Are you for us, or for 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 worshipped and said to him “What does my Lord say to his servant?” And the Commander of the Lord’s army said to Joshua, “Take off your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so. Joshua 5:13-15
Jesus,the Commander of the Lord’s army, arrives on the scene right as they are about to step into the promise land giving them strategy to win. And isn’t incredible that the strategy the Lord gives them involves marching, trumpeting and shouting? It’s not like He asks them to do anything difficult or new. He just takes what they have got and what they can do and uses them to bring down impossible walls! Have you ever tried this? Taking down a solid stone wall by walking in circles and blowing through rams horns? I can’t say I have but I have a strong suspicion that it may not have the same effect as it did here for Joshua. You see the breakthrough did not lie in the effectiveness of their marching. The victory was not theirs because they shouted more wonderfully than anyone who had lived previously. We don’t know whether their trumpet calls were exquisitely performed or horrifically off key! Those things were not what mattered – the issue was Jesus was with them. He spoke and they obeyed – they did exactly what He said, when He said it and the wall fell down flat!
It’s not nearly as complicated as I sometimes make it. The keys to breakthrough for Joshua, and for us, are to be with Jesus, listen to what He says and do it. Boom! Thank you Jesus you are with us and please help us to say “Yes” to you today. Amen.
Thanks for reading. Love Rach xxx