El Olam (The Everlasting God) Genesis 21:33, Psalms 106, Psalms 136

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The timelessness of God is simply too much to comprehend. It is a well-established principle that God has always been, is and will always be.  The stability of knowing he is always there; brings comfort in the most chaotic of times.  David, while hiding in caves and fleeing for his life from Saul, took refuge in the fact that no matter what; God never left, nor never changed.  Abraham, when he and Sarah planted their tree in Beersheba, celebrated that God would always to be there, and his covenant would always last.

The everlasting nature of God is what gives us hope 2000 years after Christ’s coming to earth.  We understand that he never changes, and that the promise of salvation he made to Adam, Abraham, Moses, David and many other patriarchs through the generations is still as valid and real as it was when Adam sinned.  He never tires, he never wears out.  God’s memory never fades.  He is as strong, as fast and as sharp as any other time.

Finally, his everlasting nature makes his promises and commitment as relevant today as they were when he appeared to the patriarchs.  His love for us is equal to his love for Israel, for the disciples and for the early church.  His promise to forgive our sin and give us eternal life is as fresh to him now as it was when Paul told the Romans–“If you confess with your mouth that he is Lord, and believe that God has raised him from the dead…then you will be saved.” Romans 10:9. 

 We can rest in the promise that the timeless nature of El Olam–the Everlasting God will bind us and keep us safe until his return, and then for all eternity.

God Bless You

Psalm 106:47:

“Save us, O LORD our God, and gather us from among the nations, to give thanks to Your Holy name and to triumph in Your praise. Blessed is the LORD God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting..

Genesis 21:33

“And Abraham planted a tree in Beersheba, and there called on the name of the LORD [Yahweh], the Everlasting God.”

Psalms 136

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,

    for his steadfast love endures forever.

Give thanks to the God of gods,

    for his steadfast love endures forever.

Give thanks to the Lord of lords,

    for his steadfast love endures forever;

to him who alone does great wonders,

    for his steadfast love endures forever;

to him who by understanding made the heavens,

    for his steadfast love endures forever;

to him who spread out the earth above the waters,

    for his steadfast love endures forever;


 

Jehovah Shammah (I AM is There)– Ezekiel 48, Romans 8

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​​God’s presence can never be in question.  As God he is in every place and time at once.  His omnipresence defies imagination. But, the name Jehovah Shammah does not really about God’s Omni-presence 

Jehovah Shammah speaks to God never leaving or forsaking his own.  It is the law in most states, that if one adopts a child, that child cannot later be disowned.  The act of choosing to legally become the parent; binds the parent from the on.  Such also is the case, with our relationship with our Heavenly father.  He remains with us through thick and thin.  It is not that he fails to allow us to experience the consequences of our choices, but, it does give confidence that he remains with us no matter what.
 
God is there–means that at the end of the day, whether we are there for our Lord or not– he is there for us.  The verse in Ezekiel speaks to the return from captivity for the Israelites.  Ezekiel is describing the rebuilding of Jerusalem. And when the city was completed, he says the name of the city is simply “God is There”.  We have to remember that God loves us and wants nothing more than to e in fellowship with him.  Nothing can separate us from that love and desire he has to be here with us.
 
We can rest in peace knowing no matter what, when or where–God will be with us. He is there!!!
 
God Bless You

 

Ezekiel 48 

30 “These will be the exits of the city: Beginning on the north side, which is 4,500 cubits long, 31 the gates of the city will be named after the tribes of Israel. The three gates on the north side will be the gate of Reuben, the gate of Judah and the gate of Levi.

32 “On the east side, which is 4,500 cubits long, will be three gates: the gate of Joseph, the gate of Benjamin and the gate of Dan.

33 “On the south side, which measures 4,500 cubits, will be three gates: the gate of Simeon, the gate of Issachar and the gate of Zebulun.

34 “On the west side, which is 4,500 cubits long, will be three gates: the gate of Gad, the gate of Asher and the gate of Naphtali.

35 “The distance all around will be 18,000 cubits.[f]

“And the name of the city from that time on will be:

the Lord is there.”

Romans 8

 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:

“For your sake we face death all day long;
    we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”[j]

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[k] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Jehovah Tsidkenu (I AM Our Righteousness)–Jeremiah 23 and 33

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God completely cares for his chosen.  He not only meets our physical and fiscal needs, but he also meets our need for righteousness and safety.  In Jeremiah, The people of Judah were being warned of the impending destruction that was to come.  But in the midst of the news, Jeremiah reminded the people that it was God that was our righteousness and our safety.  What a refreshing promise to a people that had turned away from God’s leadership and blessing. The amazing truth remains; it is always God that provides our righteousness and our safety and protection.

Whether the people of Judah or us, it is still God that provides our safety, our security and our righteousness.  We will never be able to be good enough, or righteous enough–to carry the day.  Still, while we are meeting each day’s battles, God provides that safety and the righteousness we need to stay in fellowship with him, and enjoy his blessing and protection.  It is HIS righteousness that allows us to live as His chosen.  It is His righteousness–that allows us to communicate and rely upon Him.  In Romans 5– Paul tells us, “God demonstrated his love for us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” That promise brings us hope, that promise brings us safety.  It is the sacrifice he made, that brings us His righteousness.  Jehovah Tsidkenu–God our Righteousness!!!

God Bless You

​​Jeremiah 23

And this will be his name:
    ‘The Lord Is Our Righteousness.’[a]
In that day Judah will be saved,
    and Israel will live in safety.

Jeremiah 33

16 In those days Judah will be saved,
And Jerusalem will dwell safely.
And this is the name by which she will be called:

THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

Jehovah Sabaoth(I AM the Lord of Hosts of Armies)

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One of the most comforting names of God is Jehovah Sabaoth–the Lord of Hosts. In this name, We learn that we are not alone.  God is Master over of a host of Heavenly warriors  that make him invincible and always ready to protect the chosen from any and all enemies.  When Elisha and his servant were in Dothan, The King of Aram sent an Army to capture him.  The King was sick of God’s prophet staying a step ahead of his great battle strategies.  So, the king sent his troops and surrounded the place where Elisha was staying.

Elisha’s servant walked out and saw that the army had them surrounded and he became deathly afraid.  He ran to Elisha to warn him.  Elisha, unalarmed asked the Lord to open the servant’s eyes to see the world from God’s perspective–and immediately, the servant saw a host of warrior angels in chariots of fire surrounding the now little army of the enemy.  Then, the fear became joy and triumph as the servant finally understood Jehovah Sabaoth–the Lord of Hosts of Armies!

The same Lord of Hosts remains with us.  Paul told us in Romans 8, we are more than conquerors.  We, Like Elisha and his servant, have Jehovah Sabaoth–the Lord of Hosts–at the ready to protect us from the enemy.  In the current culture, there are many days that we feel alone and surrounded by the enemy and his evil plan to destroy us. But, as the Lord reveals himself  to us, we see that there is nothing that can separate us from him.  That same heavenly host remains ready to intervene and prevent the enemy from winning the day.  We are his people and he will not allow any enemy–foreign or domestic to come between us and him for now through eternity.

God Bless You

2 Kings 6

14 Then he sent horses and chariots and a strong force there. They went by night and surrounded the city.

15 When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked.

16 “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

17 And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

Romans 8

What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:

“For your sake we face death all day long;
    we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”[j]

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[k] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Jehovah Raah (I AM the Shepherd)–Genesis 48:15, 49:24, Psalms 23 and Psalms 80:1

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It is a great comfort to know God as our shepherd.  Being a shepherd, is one of the roles our God takes–that show us all the ways he impacts our daily lives.  The shepherd leads and guides the sheep to places where there is good and adequate food and water. The shepherd protects and keeps watch over the sheep both as a flock and as individuals. When a sheep wanders off, the shepherd leaves the flock to find the one–Luke 15:1-10.  The Sheep welcome the shepherds leadership and protection, in fact; the sheep know the shepherd’s voice.  And through the day, as they do their sheep lives, they rarely notice him in their midst–but, when things go wrong or when they are attacked–they can count upon the shepherd’s love, sacrifice and guidance.

God’s great leaders were shepherds. Jacob and his sons were the Pharaoh’s Shepherds, Moses was a shepherd in Midian for 40 years to prepare him to lead Israel. David was a shepherd when Samuel anointed him as King. Christ’s birth was announced by angels to the shepherds as they watched their flocks by night! The shepherd epitomizes the role of great leader, simply because he is tireless does difficult, dangerous work and receives no praise or accolade from those he protects. Shepherds cannot check out at the end of the work day…in fact, shepherds often slept in front of the pen-entrance and acted as the gate to protect and keep the sheep where they were supposed to be.

We are the sheep.  As we trust and follow God, he leads, guides and directs us to the places where we can be fed and be safe.  When we stray from him, he reaches out and guides us back. He is always present, vigilant, and at the ready to lay down everything for us–his chosen sheep.  We are simply called to follow.  We listen for his voice and stay under his watchful sight. We do not grow confused and chase every voice that calls us–no, we only listen for and follow the voice of the shepherd–our Shepherd, Jehovah Raah.

God Bless You

Genesis 48

Then he blessed Joseph and said,

“May the God before whom my fathers
    Abraham and Isaac walked faithfully,
the God who has been my shepherd
    all my life to this day,
16 the Angel who has delivered me from all harm
    —may he bless these boys.
May they be called by my name
    and the names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac,
and may they increase greatly
    on the earth.”

 

Genesis 49

24 But his bow remained steady,
    his strong arms stayed[l] limber,
because of the hand of the Mighty One of Jacob,
    because of the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel

Psalms 23

1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
    he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,[a]
I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me

Psalms 80

Hear us, Shepherd of Israel,
    you who lead Joseph like a flock.
You who sit enthroned between the cherubim,
    shine forth before Ephraim, Benjamin and Manasseh.
Awaken your might;
    come and save us.

Restore us, O God;
    make your face shine on us,
    that we may be saved

 

Jehovah Mekoddishkem (The Lord Who Sanctifies You)–Exodus 31:13, Leviticus 20:8, Philippians 1-6, Romans 12:1-2

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In our continuing look at the names for God, we see the name–Jehovah Mekeoddishkem–The God that sets us apart.  Sanctification, by definition, is the ongoing process where God transforms us from the worldly-sinful people we were born to be; and makes us into his image and with his perspective.  It is neither easy nor quick. From the Exodus from Egypt–God established a difference for his chosen people.  He led them, fed them, protected them and taught them the true nature of following him.  By the time he had them at the gates of Jericho, they had been transformed from slaves to the only truly free people on Earth.  They stormed through Israel and owned the entire land in 5 years—slaves, simply do not have that power.

In our lives, God is working equally as hard to transform us into a free people. Like Israel, we were raised as slaves to sin. But Christ’s death, burial and resurrection freed us–just as he freed the children of Israel from the Egyptians. Once we were Justified (made free), then, he began the process of sanctifying us–transforming us into his image. It is that lifetime of crafting us into the eternal children we were set apart to be, that this name represents.

 We all want to be saved from the eternal separation, but, it is hard to want to go through a lifetime of transformation. The great news is, however, that God carries out that process in us–we do not have to transform ourselves.  He tells us in Philippians that he does the work and will continue to refine us until his return.  It is his responsibility as Jehovah Mekoddishkem to do the transformation, it is simply our responsibility to remain available and teachable.  Thank you, Lord that you set us apart and you transform us so that we can be truly yours and truly free!

 God Bless You

Exodus 31:13 Amplified Bible 

13 “But as for you, say to the Israelites, ‘You shall most certainly observe My Sabbaths, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, so that you may know [without any doubt] and acknowledge that I am the Lord who sanctifies you and sets you apart [for Myself].

Leviticus 20: 8 Amplified Bible 

You shall keep My statutes and do them. I am the Lord who sanctifies you.

 

Philippians 1:6 Amplified Bible 

I am convinced and confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will [continue to] perfect and complete it until the day of Christ Jesus [the time of His return].

Romans 12:1-2 New King James Version 

12 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God

El Qanna (I AM a Jealous God)–Exodus 20

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El Qanna, our God as a jealous God, is, on its face, not a flattering name for God.  In our culture, the idea of jealousy brings up pictures of pettiness and selfishness.  It is the thought of being jealous of someone else’s possessions, success, power or standing.  In the scripture, however, God is not jealous of us, he is jealous for us.  God that sees and knows all, knows the costs and pain that comes from worshiping the created, rather than the creator. From the time of Noah, God saw men worship any and all manners of created things–whether they be things God created–like the sun, or a bull or beauty; or things men created, towers, wealth or power. In all circumstances, God watched as those that walked away from him spiraled down to a life of emptiness and chaos.

In that context, God is extremely Jealous FOR us.  He desires that none would perish.  He wants all to have a full and meaningful life.  Like any  father or husband; God is heartbroken when he sees those whom he loves and gave his only son to save–exchange so great a gift–for selfish, short sighted devotion to things that do not last. God will reach out and protect those that he loves from anyone or thing that would destroy them; but, he can only look on with heartbreak and horror–when they choose to chase after other gods. We each must look at our lives, and choose to serve him as God.  If we will; he will give us an amazing journey.  If we choose not to serve him, however, then–we will experience pain and sadness that will live far beyond our own lives and into the lives of our families for generations.  That is why our God-El Qanna, is jealous for us and will seek to protect us from that end.

God Bless You

You shall have no other gods before[a] me.

“You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

El Elyon-(God Most High)–Genesis 14

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The study of the names of God ultimately brings one back to the most glorious truth–God is most high.  There is no authority greater.  While it is easy to say, grasping the concept that God literally controls everything is nearly unfathomable. When one approaches God in prayer, there is not an option to speak to a supervisor.  He is the most powerful, the most knowledgeable, the singly most important being in the universe.

When Abraham saved his nephew from the battling kings in the valley of Jordan, he was met by the King of Salem and the king of Sodom. When he met the King of Salem (Melchizedek)-the king was also the high priest of El Elyon–God Most High! In humility, Abraham gave as an offering–1/10th of the treasure he recovered, to say thank you.  Abraham knew the victory was won at the direction, and with the help of the God who was large, and in charge.

Conversely, he was offered treasure by the King of Sodom, and he flatly turned it down. Abraham knew–1. the treasure was not his to give, and 2.  It would come with a price. The latter king had no authority or power–and would later be destroyed–due to his sin and evil. 

This scenario continues to play out in our lives still today.  We face trials and tests and are confronted with the opportunity to trust El Elyon, or, we can trust the world leadership.  Without doubt, It is El Elyon that carries all the authority and power.  We should, as Abraham, humbly bow to the God Most High.  

But we are chased by the world and promised untold riches and power.   Those promises ring very hollow.  The world powers are as unstable as the world itself. They possess no real authority, nor do they have any real power other than that granted by God.  We are, therefore, reminded, like Abraham, to seek God–El Elyon.  Jesus said it best in his Sermon on the Mount, “Seek first the Kingdom of El Elyon and his righteousness; and, all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33. If we will seek God first, then, we will be going to the top and receiving all from the only true authority, God Most High!

God Bless You

When Abram heard that his nephew Lot had been captured, he mobilized the 318 trained men who had been born into his household. Then he pursued Kedorlaomer’s army until he caught up with them at Dan. 15 There he divided his men and attacked during the night. Kedorlaomer’s army fled, but Abram chased them as far as Hobah, north of Damascus. 16 Abram recovered all the goods that had been taken, and he brought back his nephew Lot with his possessions and all the women and other captives.

Melchizedek Blesses Abram

17 After Abram returned from his victory over Kedorlaomer and all his allies, the king of Sodom went out to meet him in the valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley).

18 And Melchizedek, the king of Salem and a priest of God Most High,[d] brought Abram some bread and wine. 19 Melchizedek blessed Abram with this blessing:

“Blessed be Abram by God Most High,
    Creator of heaven and earth.
20 And blessed be God Most High,
    who has defeated your enemies for you.”

Then Abram gave Melchizedek a tenth of all the goods he had recovered.

Jehovah Shalom-(I AM is Peace) Judges 6,7

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We live in a world of chaos. In the world culture and on the world’s terms, there is little hope, little joy and very little peace.  Such was the time of the Judges, and of Gideon. Gideon was the least likely member, of the least likely family of Israel–to lead an army and win a battle for the people of Israel. He was living in a time when, because they failed to follow God, Israel had lost  all their protection, and were in complete confusion.  The Midianites had run them off their lands, stole or ruined their crops and drove them into caves and cliffs to live. 

The people called out to God, he heard them and sent the angel of God to meet this very unlikely member of a very unlikely family to bring back order in the midst of the chaos. In the midst of his calling, Gideon realized he was talking to God face-to-face and thought himself doomed.  In the midst of that reality, God said–be at peace, you will be fine!!!!! In that moment, Gideon built an alter and called it Jehovah Shalom–I AM is Peace!

The story is great–Gideon led an Army that dwindled from 25,000 to 300 and defeated the 30,000 Midianites without Israel raising a sword. Peace and victory–all at God’s control.

Of the lessons that impact us as a community; Christians should be excited to grab this truth more than most.  We live in a time and world that despises God and all things that point to him. The church is berated, belittled and condemned–as out of touch, and out of step with life. Wars, natural disasters, crime and a sense that there is no hope–continues to dominate our thoughts and spirits. Fortunately, this is when God does his best work.

As with Gideon, God tells us, “Go in peace, for the Lord (Jehovah Shalom) is with you–mighty warrior!” That promise and that name brings order to chaos as well as peace and rest to confusion and hopelessness. Just as God cared for Gideon and his people; God will execute his plan and protect and provide for us! What’s more, He will do so through the least likely means imaginable. God is peace, brings peace and protects peace for His chosen people. Thanks, Father for being Jehovah Shalom!

God Bless You!

Judges 6

The angel of the Lord came and sat down under the oak in Ophrahthat belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites. 12 When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.”

13 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.”

14 The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?”

15 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.”

16 The Lord answered, “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites, leaving none alive.”…

 The angel of God said to him, “Take the meat and the unleavened bread, place them on this rock, and pour out the broth.” And Gideon did so. 21 Then the angel of the Lord touched the meat and the unleavened bread with the tip of the staff that was in his hand. Fire flared from the rock, consuming the meat and the bread. And the angel of the Lorddisappeared. 22 When Gideon realized that it was the angel of the Lord, he exclaimed, “Alas, Sovereign Lord! I have seen the angel of the Lordface to face!”

23 But the Lord said to him, “Peace! Do not be afraid. You are not going to die.”

24 So Gideon built an altar to the Lord there and called it The Lord Is Peace. To this day it stands in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.

Chapter 7

The Lord said to Gideon, “With the three hundred men that lapped I will save you and give the Midianites into your hands. Let all the others go home.” So Gideon sent the rest of the Israelites home but kept the three hundred, who took over the provisions and trumpets of the others

Jehovah Nissi (I AM the Banner)–Exodus 17:15

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It is a great comfort to know that God battles for us. In the midst of the spiritual war we face on a daily basis, we can stand confidently–knowing, that it is God who is at work in and through us to win the battle. God, as our father, acts as our banner of victory against our enemies.  As  the Israelites were marching to freedom, the Amalekites decided to attack and raid God’s people.  Moses, with hands raised to Heaven, saw God defeat the Amalekites and promise their ultimate destruction.  God became the banner of victory for Israel.

Moses built an alter to God at the site of the battle and he called it Jehovah Nissi–God is our banner of victory.  We carry the same banner of victory in our hearts. Jesus’s death and resurrection defeated the hold sin and death had over us and restored our relationship with God.  As we march along on this journey, our very lives display God’s banner of victory.  In 2 Corinthians 5:17, Paul reminds us that if we are in Christ, we are new creations, the old is gone and the new has come. Our new lives in Christ remind us of the banner of victory we have through our Lord.  Each day, each prayer, each time we see his hand in our lives; we see God as that banner of victory we wave; knowing, we are a part of the army of God.

God Bless You
Exodus 17

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.”

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.”