Joshua 5: A Special Visitor

Old Testament Seminary Student Study Guide, (2002), 80–81


Joshua 5 records some events that took place when the camp of Israel was in the promised land on the west side of the Jordan River. The Israelites showed their commitment to the Lord, and He showed them He was still with them as they faced their next challenge—the conquering of the land of Canaan.

Understanding the Scriptures

Joshua 5:10–15

Parched (v. 11)Dried 
Ceased (v. 12)Stopped 
Over against (v. 13)In front of 
Adversaries (v. 13)Enemies 
Host (v. 14)Army 

Studying the Scriptures

Do activities A and B as you study Joshua 5.

Activity A iconCaptain of the Lord’s Host

  1. 1.

    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?

  2. 2.

    Why do you think it was important for Joshua to have this experience at this time?

Activity B iconOptional Activity

Write about a time when the Lord gave you added strength as you faced a challenge.