“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ Matthew 25:23 nasu
“…Remove your sandals from your feet,… Joshua 5:15b
Faithful in the small things. Sometimes we think of the small things as being for the small people. It isn’t true. When the Almighty gives you a job that seems small, take care of it immediately! Our Lord does not divide tasks up into small and large tasks. People do that. Just like people divide sin into little sins and big sins. Your hate for someone doesn’t seem like a big deal, they may even deserve it. After all, you have not killed anyone, murder is a big sin and you did not do that! But what does The Word say?
Matthew 5:21-23 “You have heard that the ancients were told, ‘YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT MURDER’ (commandment #6 Exodus 20:13) and ‘Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court.’ (the word for liable means bondage, you will be in jail waiting for a trial) “But I (Y’shua-Jesus) say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘ You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.
The jobs and the sins that we see as small are not small to the Almighty. After he realized who “the man” standing before him was, he was asked to take off his shoes. A small act of obedience for such a big man in Israel. Joshua did so! (Joshua 5:15c)
One moment, Joshua was standing in front of what he thought was his first target. Jericho was tightly shut. Joshua had heard the spies report, that everyone was afraid of Israel. He could see with his eyes that no one went in or out. His mind probably already had a strategy forming for this first battle. Then he “lifted up” his eyes. (Joshua 5:13), meaning he was committing his battle plan to the Almighty. We like to say that Joshua had it backwards, first we pray THEN we make our plan under the Almighty’s guidance, but you know that we have all done it just the way Joshua did. We ask Him to bless our plan.
While he is praying, Joshua sees a man with a sword. The first fighting man he has seen since crossing the river. Joshua was ready to win his first battle as a general. “Are you for us or for our adversaries?” (Joshua 5:14) The man answered, “No.”
General Joshua never asked that question again. The great leader and conquer, at the end of his life would say to the young men that he led to victory,
… choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:15b
Why was it important for Joshua to remove his shoes? He was standing on Holy Ground, a place where the Spirit realm and heavenly realm meet. It was the place where “the Captain of the host of the Almighty” declared that victory had already been won. It was where Joshua learned that the battle would not be against flesh and blood but against the dark spirits that the people of Jericho worshipped. The Battle had to be fought His way, not ours.
…and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE; Ephesians 6:15
When you picture a soldier of Messiah, do not make the mistake of being impressed with the enemy of Israel’s soldiers. We do not prepare ourselves the way a Roman soldier would. They have impressive armor, but our preparation is not of this earth. It is spiritual and has power beyond what we could possibly imagine! We do not lace on boots for battle to protect our feet against the road or battle. Like Joshua, like the priests in the temple, we prepare our feet for the victory that we have from the Almighty.
Isaiah 52:7 How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, Who announces peace and brings good news of happiness, Who announces Salvation (Y’shua), and says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”
The Almighty asks us to make ourselves ready for victory, not for war. We stand in what he has done, never what we can do. We certainly do not fight like the enemy fights. Our preparation is holy, it is saying “Amen” to what he tells us. It starts with simple tasks that might not make sense, “take off your shoes,” march around the city then go back to the camp, because victory is in the Almighty! The question is, do you trust him or depend on yourself?
Mrs. Hagerty, November 16, 2015