EXODUS 17:8-16 Worshipping the Lord through struggles

8 Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim.
9 And Moses said unto Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: to morrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in mine hand.
10 So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek: and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill.
11 And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.
12 But Moses hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.
13 And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.
14 And the Lord said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.
15 And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovahnissi:
16 For he said, Because the Lord hath sworn that the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.

The very first humans that Israel encountered in their treck toward the Promised Land were the Amalekites. They were descendants of Esau and their territory lied in the wilderness just south of Canaan. 

Evidently they saw the presence of Israel as a threat and we learn from Deuteronomy 25:17-19 that instead of attacking this weary group head on, they instead killed the feeble who were at the back of the group. 

Moses tells Joshua to gather gather the men to fight and that he, Aaron, and Hur would go to the top  of a hill. Moses would hold the rod of God in his hands, holding it up in the air. 

When Moses held the rod up, Joshua and the men would win, but when he grew weary the Amalekytes would start prevailing. 

Aaron and Hur found a stone for Moses to sit upon and they both stood on each side of him to help hold his arms up. This caused Joshua to defeat the Amalekytes and run them off. 

Of course we can see the stone that Moses sat on as a picture of our Sure Foundation, Jesus Christ. 

1. Roman 9:31-33 He is a stumbling stone for those who refuse to believe 

2. 1Corinthians 3:11-13 He is our Sure Foundation

3. Ephesians 2:20 He is the Chief Cornerstone

4. 1Peter 2:4-5 He is the Chosen Living Stone and we are His stones

We also see something in the act of Moses holding up the rod of God with the help of Aaron and Hur. 

The act of worship. 

As far as we know, Moses was never instructed by God to hold the rod up in the air, so it may have been a conscious choice on his part. Their worship involved raising ones hands up toward the Lord and he chose to praise God for protection and help in the struggle the people were about to engage in. 

How much more can we benefit through worship to the Lord, not just on Sundays and Wednesday but each day all through the day. 

I don’t think that it was a coincidence that right after we see Joshua win that Moses is instructed to write the words of God down and he also builds an alter to the Lord

Paul tells us to worship all day by allowing the Word of Christ to dwell within our hearts, teaching and holding each other accountable as well as having a song in our heart.

Colossians 3:16

Essentially worship the Lord regardless of our situation. It won’t always keep us out of trouble in this world but it will change how we react to troubles and through that, through the Lord we will always win. 


About Clint Rodgers

I am a father of 2 wonderful children and the husband of a beautiful woman who has taught me more about compassion for goofballs than I could have ever learned. I have know Jesus for many years but about 5 years ago I truly met Him and now I do my best to follow Him as I walk in this world
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