Bible Devotions

Supreme Authority

on September 30, 2009

Read Joshua 5

There is much going on in chapter 5 of Joshua.  God goes before the children of Israel and causes their enemies to melt with fear.  The children of Israel recommit themselves to the Lord through outward expression of circumcision.  God’s provision continues through the fruit of the land He had given them, so the heavenly manna stops.  Joshua gets a visit from the Commander of the Lord’s army.

When the Lord appeared to Joshua as the Commander of the Lord’s army, He told Joshua to take off his sandal for this is holy ground.  This seems similar to what Moses experienced at the burning bush.  Where the Lord is, it is holy.

God appeared as Commander of the Lord’s army at the time when the children of Israel were getting ready to take Jericho.  Joshua sees a man with a drawn sword.  He asks are you for us or against us?  The Lord says no and doesn’t answer Joshua’s question.  Instead He says He is the Commander of the Lord’s army.  Immediately, Joshua knew his place, in subjection to the Commanding Officer.  He knew the authority this Commander had.  He humbled himself and waited for direction.  He recognized the Commander as the Lord, fell to the ground in worship, and offered himself as a servant.

When the Lord visits you know it is Him.  Where the Lord is it is holy ground.

Have you come to the place of recognizing the Lord Almighty’s authority in your life?  Are there any areas of your life that are off limits for the Lord?  Are you willing to submit yourself to the supreme authority and Lord?  The Word says “Humble yourself before the Lord and He will lift you up” (James 4:10).

Lord you reign on heaven, on earth and in our hearts.  You have supreme authority over us and in us.  Help us come to the place of humble submission to you.  We are your servants.  In Jesus’ name Amen.

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©Elizabeth Marks has led small group Bible studies for almost a decade.  Author of and websites she has a heart for encouraging others with God’s Word.


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