But the Man answers: No, but as Commander of the army of the LORD I have now come. Not on any person's side, but working for God.
This is a sobering glimpse of unseen reality. God has HIS OWN SIDE. And it is not contained by any particular mission, country, church, denomination, family, or tribe. As much as we want to claim to speak for Him, He remains outside of us, independent. But not uninvolved. The Man is, after all, carrying a sword.
Since I'm reading through the Bible in several places at once, Joshua 6 got juxtaposed with Luke 12, which also "happened" to be the text for our chaplain's talk at CSB yesterday afternoon! Verse 5: FEAR HIM, because that sword-wielding commander has eternal power. Verse 7: DO NOT FEAR, because that awesome being also knows every hair on our head, every stumble you take, every need. So while the Commander of the army of the LORD will not be taking orders from me, He WILL be involved to the tiniest detail to give that which is more than life itself.
Instead of figuring out whose side others are on, we are called to throw our full treasure, our total lot, in with the only side that will survive. On a day when problems seem large, may we see by faith the the Commander controls the battle.