Shabbat Shalom, friends!
It’s been a while since I’ve written a post. I hope you and your family have been well!
I’m currently reading through the Book of Joshua. This book records the history of the people of Israel as enter and take possession of the Land of Israel. Joshua is their new leader, ADONAI leads them victory as long as they obey HIM. I follow the Kehilat haKarmel congregration in Haifa, Israel on Youtube. This congregration is currently reading through the entire book. These sermons are both in Hebrew and English; and definitely worthwhile listening to (in my humble opinion). I’ve include the video from last Shabbat’s sermon below:
As I was reading, I was drawn to Joshua Chapter 5 verses 13 – 14:
13 One day, when Y’hoshua was there by Yericho, he raised his eyes and looked; and in front of him stood a man with his drawn sword in his hand. Y’hoshua went over to him and asked him, “Are you on our side or on the side of our enemies?” 14 “No,” he replied, “but I am the commander of Adonai’s army; I have come just now.” Y’hoshua fell down with his face to the ground and worshipped him, then asked, “What does my lord have to say to his servant?” 15 The commander of Adonai’s army answered Y’hoshua, “Take your sandals off your feet, because the place where you are standing is holy.” And Y’hoshua did so.
After I’ve read these verses, I thought of the following: Firstly, this could be seen as Joshua’s “burning bush” experience as Moses was also asked to remove his sandals. Secondly, it also reminds me of when Yeshua successful completed his testing by the adversary and the angels came to take care of Him (Matthew 4:11). Yeshua also mentioned that ADONAI would sent armies of angels to protect him, but He had to die for our sins. (Matthew 26:53).
We might not always think about this, but we have the best protection. Psalm 91: 11- 12 really describes it very well:
11 for he will order his angels to care for you
and guard you wherever you go.
12 They will carry you in their hands,
so that you won’t trip on a stone.
As long as we obey and trust, ADONAI’s protection and grace will never fail us.
I hope you have a peaceful Shabbat!