[quote="DaveBj, post:12, topic:309705"]
Those are two completely different words, just as "ball" (something you throw) and "ball" (a fancy dance party) are two completely different words. "Host" in the sense of a bunch of soldiers comes from the Latin "hostis" = "enemy." The Communion "host" comes from the Latin "hostia" = "victim." The "hosts" that JHWH is Lord of are not victims, by any means.
I thought I made the difference between the two clear enough with this wording :
[quote="NeedImprovement, post:11, topic:309705"]
When we refer to a "host" today, outside the expression "Lord of Hosts" or "Lord God of Hosts" , Fr. John Hardon S.J. says it can also imply a victim of sacrifice : . . .
Perhaps it still wasn't clear enough for some . Certainly, following your post ,it will be.
The reasoning wasn't questioning the etymological, but rather a consideration of contemporary usage : My entire purpose for mentioning it was that the OP's question could've easily led some members to further wonder about the consecrated Host at the Mass - given that during the celebration of every Holy Sacrifice of the Mass we conjointly pray "Lord God of hosts" , during the sanctus now .