Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?” “Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.” Then Joshua fell face-down to the ground in reverence, and asked him, “What message does my Lord have for his servant?” The commander of the Lord’s army replied, “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so. – Joshua 5 13-15
Jesus, Yeshua, Joshua!
The Greek form of the name “Joshua” (“Yahweh saves” or “Yahweh is salvation”) is “Jesus.” As Joshua led Israel to victory over her enemies and into possession of the Promised Land, and as he interceded for the nation after it had sinned and been defeated, so does Jesus.
But did the Joshua of old actually meet Yeshua Jesus? Who was this “Captain of the army of Yahweh?” “The captain of the Lord’s host said to Joshua, ‘Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is Holy.’ And Joshua did so.” Was there another such appearance of Jesus to Moses… in the Burning Bush? What did He say?
The appearance of Jesus in the Torah or Old Testament is called a Theophany or Christophany. Yeshua Jesus later said, “If you love Me you will keep My commandments.” Joshua did not have any problem with obedience. He obeyed. If we love Him, we will obey Him. It is a question of LOVE and Joshua obeyed!