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There was a great song in the 70’s called Lean on me. In the song, it becomes clear that we all need to humble ourselves and lean on others to survive. That truth was evident in this the first battle the Israelites fought as a free people. As the Amalekites attacked Israel, God told Moses to raise his staff and God would empower the people to win.
As the battle raged, God kept his promise. While Moses lifted the staff, the Israelites were winning the battle, however, as Moses grew tired, his arms lowered and the troops began to lose ground in the battle. Joshua and Aaron took Moses up to a high point and planted themselves on each side. They then held his arms up and together they led Israel to their first victory. While God waged the war, he trained his people to fight their own battle and to look to their leader for direction and strength. He taught Moses that he would lead through him, but Moses had to look to others for help to carry on.
In our lives, We look to God for direction and he offers it. But, as in Moses’ day, God seeks to teach us to have folks around us to lift us up and support us through the wearying battles we face. It is not that he has abandoned us as a people, it is simply that we are a family, a community that must support each other in this most perilous spiritual war. Seek God and find folks who you can support and that will support you!
God Bless You
The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim.
Moses said to Joshua, “Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.”
So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill.
As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning.
When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset.
So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write this on a scroll as something to be remembered and make sure that Joshua hears it, because I will completely blot out the name of Amalek from under heaven.”
Moses built an altar and called it The Lord is my Banner.
He said, “Because hands were lifted up against the throne of the Lord, the Lord will be at war against the Amalekites from generation to generation.”