Understanding the Scriptures
Studying the Scriptures
Do activities A and B as you study Joshua 5.
Captain of the Lord’s Host
It is not clear who the “captain of the Lord’s host” is in Joshua 5:13–15, but verse 14 tells us that Joshua “fell on his face … and did worship.” Other people in the scriptures have reacted like Joshua did: Cornelius, meeting Peter (see Acts 10:25–26); John, visited by an angel (see Revelation 19:10; 22:9); and Nephi’s brethren toward Nephi (see 1 Nephi 17:55). Read also Exodus 3:1–6, where Moses saw the Lord. How do these incidents compare to what happened with Joshua and “the captain”? What might these incidents teach us about who visited Joshua?
Why do you think it was important for Joshua to have this experience at this time?
Write about a time when the Lord gave you added strength as you faced a challenge.