13 And it came to pass when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, there stood a man before him with his sword drawn in his hand. And Joshua went to him, and said to him: Art thou for us, or for our enemies?
14 And he said, No; for [as] captain of the army of Jehovah am I now come. Then Joshua fell upon his face to the earth, and worshipped, and said to him, What saith my lord unto his servant?
15 And the captain of Jehovah’s army said to Joshua, Loose thy sandal from off thy foot: for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so.
There is something here about Joshua that is rather instructive. Joshua was a great general, but here is a picture of humility, in that he appears now barefooted before the Captain of the Host of the Lord.
We may think that we are somebody when really we are nothing. Men called into God’s service do go from a place of strength realizing their own nothingness (weakness). This is a great secret.
Do we recognize this in the Assembly? The Lord is supreme there! His glory, His honor, and His authority — hold there! May we remove our shoes a bit more, beloved!