Our teaching will continue in The Book of Joshua from Joshua 5.10-15.
AND THE TITLE OF OUR MESSAGE IS, AND THE GOD OF ISRAEL, THE MESSIAH YESHUA, JESUS CHRIST, SAID TO JOSHUA, REMOVE YOUR SHOES FROM OFF YOUR FEET, FOR THE PLACE WHERE YOU STAND ON IS HOLY. AND JOSHUA DID SO.
And with that said, let’s turn to Joshua 5.10-15.
JOSHUA 5.10 And The Children of Israel camped in Gilgal, and kept The Passover on the fourteenth day of the month at evening in the plains of Jericho.
After their forty year journey from Egyptian slavery to The Promised Land Canaan, The Children of Israel have crossed the Jordan River and entered the land Canaan, without any resistance. JOSHUA 4.19-24
Now, GOD had told The Children of Israel numerous times in the wilderness that He would give them the land of Canaan for an everlasting possession.
And years earlier, GOD said to Moses, Send men to search the land of Canaan which I give to The Children of Israel. So Moses sent twelve men to search Canaan, and after forty days they returned and told Moses and all The Congregation, The people are strong who live in the land. And the cities are walled and very great. And we saw giants, and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight. But we are not able to go up against the people for they are stronger than we.
And The People cried, and wept, and complained against Moses and Aaron, wishing they had never left Egypt, or would GOD we had died in the wilderness, they said.
And GOD became angry with The People for provoking The LORD their GOD, and not believing Him. And those People who complained against GOD, and those spies who returned with the false report, GOD caused to die in the wilderness, and they did not enter The Promised Land Canaan.
And GOD said to The Jewish People who remained alive that they would wander in the wilderness forty years before they would enter The Promised Land. A year for a day that the spies searched the land of Canaan forty days.
The account of the spies is recorded in Numbers 13 and 14.
Here in this verse, in Joshua 5.10, The Children of Israel are keeping The Passover in Canaan on the fourteenth day of the month at evening in the plains of Jericho.
It was forty years to the day that GOD delivered The Children of Israel from 400 years of Egyptian slavery on the first Passover on the fourteenth day of the first month at evening. Just as GOD said. EXODUS 12.1-11, 37-38
JOSHUA 5.11 And they did eat the old grain of the land (that is the land of Canaan) on the day after The Passover, unleavened cakes of matzah in the same day.
JOSHUA 5.12 And the manna stopped on the day after they had eaten of the old grain of the land, neither had The Children of Israel manna anymore. But they did eat of the produce of the land of Canaan that year.
JOSHUA 5.13 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 a sword drawn in His Hand. And Joshua went to Him, and said to Him, Are you for us, or for our adversaries?
JOSHUA 5.14 And He said, No, but as Captain of The Host of The LORD I am now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and bowed down, and said to Him, what does my LORD say to His servant?
JOSHUA 5.15 And The Captain of The LORD’S Host said to Joshua, Take your shoes from off your feet, for The Place where you stand on is Holy. And Joshua did so.
Sound familiar? GOD said to Moses at the burning bush, Do not come closer. Put off your shoes from off your feet, for the place where you stand is Holy Ground.
And MESSIAH YESHUA, Who IS GOD ALMIGHTY washed His disciples feet on the evening of Passover at His Passover Seder, that Christianity calls The Last Supper, because Messiah’s Disciples were with GOD on Holy Ground.
EXODUS 3.1-6, JOHN 13.1-13, JOSHUA 5.15
REVELATION 22.8-9 Joshua knew that The Man was not an angel but GOD.
I have always believed from my Jewish upbringing that there is only One GOD and no others. We Jews often recite The Shema. Shema Y’Israel, Adonai Eloheynu, Adonai, Ekhud. Hear O Israel, The LORD Our GOD, The LORD is ONE. DEUTERONOMY 6.4
But GOD being One became complicated for me when I started reading The New Testament. Because Yeshua The Messiah often speaks to His Father in Heaven. And I was trying to work it out in my mind that both MESSIAH YESHUA WHO IS GOD, AND GOD ALMIGHTY ARE ONE AND THE SAME GOD.
And as I continued reading The Bible, I did not understand certain Scriptures. For example, in GENESIS 1.26, GOD SAID, LET US MAKE MAN IN OUR IMAGE AFTER OUR LIKENESS.
I believed in One GOD, but I just couldn’t understand The One GOD being Us and OUR. I knew both The Father and Messiah were GOD, I just couldn’t understand, Let Us make man in Our Image.
I looked at GOD Who is not a human being, that He was like a human being who can only be in one place and not other places at the same time.
But GOD can be in millions of different places in human form at the same time because that is GOD. That is Who GOD is.
And in GENESIS 19.24, where The Bible reads, THEN THE LORD RAINED UPON SODOM AND UPON GOMORRAH BRIMSTONE AND FIRE FROM THE LORD OUT OF HEAVEN.
The LORD was in Heaven, and The LORD was also with Abraham on earth. but there is only One GOD.
I would think to myself Okay, you don’t understand. Perhaps later GOD will give you understanding.
Then I would read in Psalm 45.8 in The Hebrew Bible, or Psalm 45.7 in The Christian Bible, that reads, THEREFORE GOD, THY GOD HAS ANOINTED YOU WITH THE OIL OF GLADNESS ABOVE YOUR FELLOWS.
Two called GOD but there is only One GOD.
And in Psalm 110.1, THE LORD SAID TO MY LORD, SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND UNTIL I MAKE YOUR ENEMIES YOUR FOOTSTOOL. Two GODS.
But I would just pass over these Scriptures not understanding but always believing there is Only One GOD.
Then GOD began to open my eyes slightly when I first read Isaiah 48.16, The Words GOD spoke to Isaiah; COME NEAR TO ME. HEAR THIS. I HAVE NOT SPOKEN IN SECRET FROM THE BEGINNING. FROM THE TIME THAT IT WAS, THERE AM I. AND NOW THE LORD GOD HAS SENT ME AND HIS SPIRIT.
Three Who are GOD. The LORD GOD, Who sent Me, and His Spirit. The LORD GOD sent Me, The Messiah Yeshua, and His Spirit. His Spirit is GOD. Three called GOD. The LORD GOD, GOD The Messiah Yeshua, and His Spirit, are GOD.
THREE CALLED GOD, BUT THEY ARE ALL ONE AND THE SAME GOD.
I’m starting to understand GOD a little better. The LORD GOD, and His Spirit, and Me, Who is The Messiah Yeshua, ARE THE SAME GOD. ONE GOD. Makes Biblical sense, but still complicated.
Certainly not the trinity of three different GODS. That is pagan doctrine. But One GOD Who are all One and The Same GOD. That is Biblical Truth.
So I understand after all these years a little more about GOD.
JEREMIAH 23.24 is a great teaching from GOD that reads, CAN ANY HIDE HIMSELF IN SECRET PLACES THAT I SHALL NOT SEE HIM? SAITH THE LORD. DO NOT I FILL THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH? SAITH THE LORD.
It was easy for me to understand that GOD and His Spirit are one and the same. And that The Spirit of GOD fills the heavens and the earth. Think on that for a minute. GOD fills the entire universe that has no beginning or end. The universe is endless. People look through great telescopes and see stars and planets and moons and suns, and more. But they see just a small portion of GOD’S creation. And GOD Who is Spirit fills the heavens and the earth. JOHN 4.24
I thought often of GOD being with Moses and the seventy elders of Israel in Mount Sinai. Was GOD still in Heaven while He was down here on earth with Moses and the seventy Elders in Mount Sinai?
The same with GOD being with Adam and Eve, and Noah, and Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, Balaam, Joshua, and Yeshua The Messiah in Israel with His People. Was GOD still in Heaven?
EXODUS 24.9-11, EXODUS 33.11, DEUTERONOMY 34.10
And I began to realize that GOD can be in Human Form in millions of different of places at the same time. And GOD is always in Heaven. That is who GOD is.
GOD ALMIGHTY IS MESSIAH YESHUA. AND MESSIAH YESHUA IS GOD ALMIGHTY, HASHEM, ELOHIM.
GOD ALMIGHTY AND MESSIAH YESHUA ARE ONE AND THE SAME GOD. THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE. AND YES, THEY TALK TO EACH OTHER.
JOHN 17.1, PSALM 110.1
And Messiah Yeshua Who is GOD ALMIGHTY stands on the right hand of GOD Almighty.
While on earth, The LORD rained upon Sodom and Gomorah brimstone and fire from The LORD out of Heaven. Both are The Same GOD.
AFTER IT PLEASED THE LORD TO HAVE MESSIAH KILLED AS A HUMAN BEING BECAUSE GOD CAN NOT DIE, TO GIVE HIS LIFE, AND SHED HIS BLOOD FOR OUR ATONEMENT, MESSIAH WAS RESURRECTED, AND SAT ON THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD IN HEAVEN.
Both are one and The Same GOD. MARK 16.19
Messiah told The High Priest at His trial before His Death the following day on the first day of Passover, that some time in the future you will see The Son of Man sitting on The Right Hand of Power, and coming in the clouds of Heaven. That Power is GOD ALMIGHTY, YESHUA THE MESSIAH, THE SON OF GOD. BOTH ARE GOD, ONE AND THE SAME GOD. MATTHEW 26.62-66
THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD. MESSIAH YESHUA IS THAT ONE GOD. MESSIAH YESHUA IS GOD. HE IS THE FATHER, THE SPIRIT, THE HOLY SPIRIT, THE SON OF GOD, MELCHIZEDEK, OFTEN THE ANGEL OF GOD, AND THE ANGEL OF THE LORD. THEY ARE ONE AND THE SAME GOD. NO DIFFERENCES.
But GOD told Moses while speaking Face to face with Moses, No man can see My Face and live. EXODUS 33.11, 18-23
Obviously, we human beings can not see The Face of GOD’S Spirit and live, but we see The Back Parts of GOD’S Spirit every day, just looking outside, or being outside, which is glorious. GOD fills the heavens and the earth.
Prophesy in end times says that the enemies of Israel will melt, I believe, because they will see The Face of GOD.
ZECHARIAH 14.1-5, 12
GOD tells the readers of The Bible in the very first Scripture that GOD created the heavens and the earth. GENESIS 1.1
Most people know that, and believe GOD created the heavens and the earth. But most people do not know that The Hebrew Word for GOD in Genesis 1.1 is ELOHIM that means GODS. GODS CREATED THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH. YET THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD.
And many people know that The Hebrew Word most often used for GOD in Tnakh, The Old Testament is ELOHIM, meaning GODS. But do not understand why GOD refers to Himself as GODS. Because they know there is only One GOD. Not many GODS.
IN FACT, GOD USES HIS NAME ELOHIM SOME 3,000 TIMES IN TNAKH, THE OLD TESTAMENT BECAUSE GOD IS MANY GODS, BUT ALL ARE ONE AND THE SAME GOD.
GOD IS GOD, THE FATHER, THE ALMIGHTY, THE LORD, THE MESSIAH YESHUA, JESUS CHRIST, THE SON OF GOD, SOMETIMES THE SON OF MAN, THE SPIRIT OF GOD, THE HOLY SPIRIT, IMMANUEL, MELCHIZEDEK, OFTEN THE ANGEL OF GOD, THE ANGEL OF THE LORD, THE GLORY OF GOD, AND SO MUCH MORE.
THEY ARE ALL ONE AND THE SAME GOD.
THAT IS WHY MESSIAH YESHUA SAYS IN THE NEW TESTAMENT, WHEN YOU SEE ME, YOU SEE THE FATHER.
AND WHEN YOU SEE ME, YOU SEE THE ONE WHO SENT ME.
JOHN 14.9, 22-23, JOHN 12.44-45
YESHUA THE MESSIAH BEING GOD ALMIGHTY THE FATHER SHOULD BE NO SURPRISE TO JEWISH PEOPLE WHO READ THE BIBLE, BECAUSE GOD SAYS THROUGH HIS PROPHET ISAIAH, FOR UNTO US (THE JEWISH PEOPLE) A CHILD IS BORN. UNTO US (THE JEWISH PEOPLE) A SON IS GIVEN. AND THE GOVERNMENT SHALL BE UPON HIS SHOULDER. AND HIS NAME SHALL BE CALLED, WONDERFUL, COUNSELOR, MIGHTY GOD, EVERLASTING FATHER, PRINCE OF PEACE.
HEBREW BIBLE ISAIAH 9.5, CHRISTIAN BIBLE ISAIAH 9.6
THAT CHILD AND SON GIVEN TO THE JEWISH PEOPLE WHO IS CALLED WONDERFUL, COUNSELOR, MIGHTY GOD, EVERLASTING FATHER, PRINCE OF PEACE, IS THE JEWISH MESSIAH YESHUA.
AND SOME TIME IN THE FUTURE, THIS JEWISH SON, THE MESSIAH YESHUA, WHO IS GOD ALMIGHTY, WILL RETURN FROM HEAVEN TO ISRAEL AND RULE OVER ALL THE EARTH FROM JERUSALEM. ZECHARIAH 14.4, 9
2,000 YEARS AGO, THIS JEWISH CHILD, OUR MESSIAH YESHUA WHO IS GOD ALMIGHTY, WAS BORN TO THE JEWISH PEOPLE FROM A JEWISH VIRGIN BY THE NAME OF MIRIAM, WHOM CHRISTIANITY CALLS MARY. ISAIAH 7.14
HE IS GOD’S ONLY BEGOTTEN SON. AND GOD’S ONLY BEGOTTEN SON IS HIMSELF GOD ALMIGHTY, THE PROMISED JEWISH MESSIAH TO THE JEWISH PEOPLE, AND ALL THE WORLD WHO WILL SAVE HIS PEOPLE FROM THEIR SINS.
HOW WILL MESSIAH SAVE HIS PEOPLE FROM THEIR SINS?
THIS IS HOW MESSIAH YESHUA SAVES HIS PEOPLE FROM THEIR SINS. GOD WAS PLEASED TO MAKE HIS SOUL AN OFFERING FOR OUR SIN THAT MAKES ATONEMENT FOR JEWISH PEOPLE AND NON JEWISH PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE IN MESSIAH YESHUA, AND LIVE BY EVERY WORD GOD SPEAKS IN THE BIBLE FROM GENESIS THROUGH REVELATION THAT INCLUDES TORAH, THE LAW OF MOSES WRITTEN IN THE FIRST FIVE BOOKS OF THE BIBLE.
MATTHEW 1.1, 18-21, JOHN 3.16, ISAIAH 53.10
THE JEWISH PROPHET MICAH PROPHESIED THESE WORDS IN THE HEBREW BIBLE IN MICAH 5.1, AND THE CHRISTIAN BIBLE IN MICAH 5.2;
BUT THOU BETHLEHEM EPHRATAH (WHICH IS BETHLEHEM. GENESIS 48.7) THOUGH YOU BE LITTLE AMONG THE THOUSANDS OF JUDAH, YET OUT OF YOU SHALL HE COME FORTH UNTO ME (GOD) WHO IS TO BE RULER IN ISRAEL, WHOSE GOINGS FORTH HAVE BEEN FROM OF OLD, FROM EVERLASTING.
MEANING, THE JEWISH MESSIAH YESHUA WILL COME FORTH OUT OF BETHLEHEM, TO GOD, WHO IS TO BE RULER IN ISRAEL, WHOSE ORIGIN IS FROM ETERNITY, WITHOUT BEGINNING, WITHOUT END.
THE ONLY ONE WHO CAME FORTH OUT OF BETHLEHEM TO GOD, WHO WILL BE RULER IN ISRAEL, WHOSE ORIGIN IS FROM ETERNITY, WITHOUT BEGINNING, WITHOUT END, IS THE MESSIAH YESHUA, WHO IS GOD ALMIGHTY, THE ONE AND ONLY GOD.
So, when Joshua saw The Man with His sword in His Hand, and went to Him and asked Him, Are you for us, or for our adversaries?
And The Man said, No, but as Captain of The Host of The LORD I am now come. And Joshua fell on his face, and bowed and said to Him, What does The LORD say to His servant?
And The Captain of The LORD’S Host said, Remove your shoes from off your feet for The Place where you stand on is Holy. And Joshua did so.
JOSHUA KNEW HE WAS FACE TO FACE WITH GOD, AND TALKING TO GOD.
AND JOSHUA TALKED WITH THE GOD OF ISRAEL, THE MESSIAH OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE AND ALL THE WORLD, MESSIAH YESHUA.
THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD, AND MESSIAH YESHUA, THE JESUS CHRIST OF THE BIBLE, IS THAT ONE GOD.