While Joshua was near Jericho, he raised his eyes and saw one who stood facing him, drawn sword in hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you one of us or of our enemies?” He replied, “Neither. I am the captain of the host of the Lord and I have just arrived.” Then Joshua fell prostrate to the ground in worship, and said to him, “What has my lord to say to his servant?” The captain of the host of the Lord replied to Joshua, “Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy.” And Joshua obeyed. (Joshua 5:13-15)
I wanted in the worst wat to find the quote but failed. It talked about the need which even angels have of a body in order to act on our behalf. It is to say that Joshua could have touched the captain of the host of the Lord and felt the edge of his sword. Raphael was nobody's dream but rather brother Azariah, flesh and bone. I need not go on, but we all need to think again about how near God is to us and through the ministrations of His holy messengers and our constant guardians.