But if you indeed obey His voice and do all that I speak, then I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries. (Exodus 23:22)
Because God’s Name (authority) was in this very unique and important angel, obedience was due Him. In other words, to listen to and heed His voice was to listen and heed the voice of the Almighty. Furthermore, obedience to Him resulted in Him being an enemy to the enemies of Israel and, perhaps, that is why we find Him greeting Joshua just before the siege of Jericho.
And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, “Are You for us or for our adversaries?” So He said, “No, but as Commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.” (Joshua 5:13-14)
As was mentioned yesterday, this commander of the LORD’s armies was very likely the same Angel who possessed authority given directly by the Almighty. It was this Angel who was to lead the people into the land and, if the people walked in obedience, who would fight their battles. Their enemies would become His enemies, which meant complete and overwhelming victory for the people of God.
Again, I believe that this manifestation was in some way a precursor’s to Messiah’s ministry in the earth hundreds of years after these particular events. Consequently, the same challenge and promise is presented to us — when we listen to His voice and obey Him, we can be certain that our enemies will be His enemies and, in time, He will lead us to victory and the fulfillment of our Father’s promises. Yeshua said that, in Him, we have the authority to trample of scorpions and serpents “and over all the power of the enemy” (Luke 10:19). Let us go forward in that authority and take dominion over our Adversary knowing that, as David proclaimed to Goliath, “The battle is the Lord’s!”
Blessings and Shalom,