CAPTAIN OF THE LORD'S HOST
captain of the Lord's host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe
from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is
holy" (Joshua 5:15, KJV).
commanding title, "Captain of the Lord's host,"
appears twice in Scripture. To Joshua, Christ appeared as
"an armed warrior, of lofty stature and commanding presence."--Patriarchs
and Prophets, p. 487. Christ is also called the "captain
of their salvation" (Hebrews 2:10). Many modern versions
of the Bible use the word, commander, instead of captain.
The word, host, describes an army.
beginning of Joshua's campaign to conquer Canaan, he was one
day suddenly confronted by what appeared to him as an armed
military commander with a drawn sword. In response to Joshua's
inquiry, the unknown commander identified himself as "captain
of the Lord's host" (Joshua 5:15). Joshua's unknown visitor
was "Christ, the Exalted One, who stood before the leader
of Israel."--Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 488.
on his face, Joshua acknowledged his insufficiency to lead
Israel to victory in its conquest of Canaan. In our spiritual
conquest, only Christ has the capability and power to ensure
victory. His sweeping victory at Calvary qualified Him to
be the invincible captain of the Lord's host. He alone is
competent to assail the citadel of Satan and deliver its captors.
That is precisely what Jesus did on Calvary.
Joshua, we too are instructed to take off our shoes in the
presence of the captain of the Lord's host. It is by submission
to Christ, the captain of the Lord's host, that we can be
"more than conquerors" (Romans 8:37). "We need
Jesus, the Captain of the Lord's host, to be with us. We need
to follow His directions, and to have faith in Him."--Manuscript
Releases, vol. 3, p. 22.
Prayer Today: Lord, I await your marching orders
as the captain of the Lord's host. Make me victorious in life's