Amalek, the family of Esau, came against Israel to fight them. Remember, Jacob’s brother Esau, hated him. Doesn’t it help to know who these characters are? It helps me have a clearer picture of why. Moses appointed Joshua to gather men to go and fight. So the next day, they went out to fight, and Moses took the rod of God and went up to the top of a hill to watch with Aaron and Hur. When Moses lifted the rod, Israel would prevail, but Israel would be defeated when he lowered his arms. Moses's arms became tired; remember, he’s an old man now, so Aaron and Hur sat him down on a rock, situated his arms, and helped him hold them up until evening. They defeated the Amalekites with the sword. A lot is going on in this story.
- It’s the first time Joshua is mentioned, and we can see he’s a warrior.
- When the fighters saw Moses holding up the rod, they knew God was with them.
- They had to fight this time; God didn’t tell them to be still. That means we must listen carefully to the Holy Spirit to know whether to be still or fight.
- Sometimes the enemy is family.
- Moses couldn’t do it alone; he needed the help of Aaron and Hur. Your preacher shouldn’t be left in the pulpit alone, meaning you must help hold up his arms. That may mean prayer, offerings, or getting involved. In this situation, they got involved.
Sometimes we have to be still, and sometimes we have to fight. Now is not the time to be still when the freedom of our country is at stake. Fight or go to war with your prayer, but don’t remain complacent; get involved.
And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. Exodus 17:13