13Once, when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing before him, drawn sword in hand. Joshua went up to him and asked him, “Are you one of us or of our enemies?”

14He replied, “No, I am captain of the Lord’s host. Now I have come!”

Joshua threw himself face down to the ground and, prostrating himself, said to him, “What does my lord command his servant?”

15The captain of the Lord’s host answered Joshua, “Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place where you stand is holy.” And Joshua did so.     Joshua Chapter 5/13-15 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

25Jacob was left alone. And a man wrestled with him until the break of dawn. 26When he saw that he had not prevailed against him, he wrenched Jacob’s hip at its socket, so that the socket of his hip was strained as he wrestled with him.

27Then he said, “Let me go, for dawn is breaking.” But he answered, “I will not let you go, unless you bless me.” 28Said the other, “What is your name?” He replied, “Jacob.” 29Said he, “Your name shall no longer be Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with beings divine and human, and have prevailed.”

30Jacob asked, “Pray tell me your name.” But he said, “You must not ask my name!” And he took leave of him there.     Genesis Chapter 32/25-30 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

The Lord appeared to him by the terebinths of Mamre; he was sitting at the entrance of the tent as the day grew hot. Looking up, he saw three men standing near him. As soon as he saw them, he ran from the entrance of the tent to greet them and, bowing to the ground,     Genesis 18/1-2 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

10But the Lord chose to crush him by disease, That, if he made himself an offering for guilt, He might see offspring and have long life, And that through him the Lord’s purpose might prosper. Isaiah 53/10 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

Commentary:

Joshua is surprised by a man in front of him with a drawn sword. He walks up to the man and asks if he is an Israelite or an enemy.

The man answers “No”.

The man says he is captain of the Lord’s host.

The man says “Now” I have come.

Joshua falls to the ground in reverence and asks what the Lord commands of him.

This man is likened to the man Jacob wrestled with, a man and divine beings. A man who is “three persons of spirit” that the L-rd can speak through as He did Moses and is symbolized in the story where the L-rd appeared to Abraham by the terebinths of Mamre as three men standing near him. It is also found in the story of Elijah where double his spirit requested by Elisha is in Hebrew also two thirds of Elijah’s spirit.

The captain is a host in the sense that this man now has two guests within and without his person of spirit; the person of the spirit of the Holy G-d (the angel of His Presence) and His Presence of the person of the Holy G-d. The person of G-d is only spirit when My Name is in an angel or a spirit.

Joshua’s request to the captain to know what the L-rd commands him is not answered, but he is told that G-d is with the captain by the reference to the place where he stands being holy and the removal of Joshua’s sandals. And where the L-rd is so is the person of the spirit of the Holy G-d. Joshua does not ask the captain of the L-rd’s host if he is friend or foe but rather are you an Israelite (one of us) or an enemy. The captain answers by declaring his status in the ranking’s of the L-rd’s host.

He replied, “No, I am captain of the Lord’s host. Now I have come!”

He is neither Israelite or an enemy. He serves the G-d of Israel just as Elijah the Tishbite from Gilead east of the river Jorden does in later years. Elijah is not an Israelite and he to was a host of the L-rd of Hosts.

There is no further account of the captain of the L-rd’s host with Joshua. The captain of the L-rd’s host is not mentioned again in the Tanakh.

This meeting between the captain of the L-rd’s host and Joshua is the first foretelling and description of the HaMoshiach to come. A gentile (G-d comes from Edom [the Christian world] in Isaiah 63 and no Israelite is with Him) who is a host of the person of the spirit of the Holy G-d that alights upon him in fulfillment of Isaiah 11/1-2 (the angel of His Presence) and His Presence of the person of the Holy G-d.

The L-rd of Hosts is with the HaMoshiach who is made suitable for His purpose of redeeming the Jewish people in Isaiah 53 through chastisement, punishment, bruising and crushing just as Ezekiel was (who also became a host) as he bore the punishment for the House of Israel and Judah.

The HaMoshiach is a gentile under the Halacha from the tribe of Judah (the twig of the stump of Jesse and not the felled tree of the banished ancestral line of the Kings of Judah; the line of Jesus who could not fulfill Isaiah 11/1-2).

I am the captain of the L-rd’s host. The only host of the L-rd of Hosts in human form. Now I have come with the person of the spirit of the Holy G-d and His Presence of the Holy G-d. His power envelops me and He controls everything I do and say.

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