Just when they thought it was a time of peace and safety, Israel was attacked by the Amalekites. I am sure these heathen people thought Israel would be easy pickings since they were recently released slaves. It is sad, however. Had they been paying attention they could have fished the mighty Egyptian army out of the Red Sea and asked them how formidable Israel was as an opponent.
Instead, Joshua led the troops into battle and God did the work. The Lord allowed Moses to stand as the leader and conduct the battle. All could see Moses Arms raised as Israel battled the Godless Amalekites. As Moses arms were raised; Israel was winning the battle. When Moses lowered his arms, the Amalekites would gain momentum. In the end with Aaron and Hur’s assistance, Moses kept His arms raised, and Joshua with God’s power led the army to victory.
God used the event to reaffirm His commitment to Israel. He also used it as a banner of reminder that Amolak would be forever cursed for trying to sneak in and attack His chosen people. What a daunting curse.
In our lives, God is still about protecting us from our enemy. As with Israel, God is in the middle of life’s battles with us. He empowers us to persevere and reign victorious. It is a difficult thing, and there are times we need our friends to hold us up because we are simply exhausted. It is not a lack of faith; it is simply a loss of energy. In those times, we must not be afraid to seek assistance and to trust God to provide it. If we will, God will be our banner of victory against the enemy.
God Bless You
The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim. 9 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.”
10 So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. 11 As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. 12 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. 13 So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.
14 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.”
15 Moses built an altar and called it The Lord is my Banner. 16 He said, “Because hands were lifted up against[c] the throne of the Lord,[d] the Lord will be at war against the Amalekites from generation to generation.”