Remember the story of Alvin York. If not we all should. He was a most unlikely hero. Unlikely, because he entered the army as a consciences objector and mustered out the most decorated hero of WW1. It is a great story.
I mention Alvin York because like Jacob he had to come to understand he was not in charge of his life. Jacob met a man while scoping out the city of Jericho. He was going to lead the army of the Israelites against that cities formidable defenses. The main, defense was a wall surrounding the city so large, on it houses were built. It was the key to western Palestine and without it they could not move forward with the conquest of Canaan.
Jacob meets a man on this mission who changes everything for Jacob and the army of Israel. The man was armed, and ready for battle. Jacob approaches him weary and asked if he fought for Jericho’s or Israel. The man simply said I am here to take over.
What transpires then is the strangest plan of battle ever seen. But we shouldn’t get ahead of ourselves. What this encounter with the “Commander of the army of the LORD” can teach us about membership, leadership and life is well worth the examination.