I’m not taking credit for this message. I attended Willow Creek Community Church in Barrington, IL a couple of months ago and heard Pastor Bill Hybels give this message. They were preparing for a 6 week Prayer Study and this was the introduction. It was so good I took notes. This is not the literal message he gave I have put my own ‘spin’ on it. The message really blessed me and I pray it blesses you also.
Exodus 17:8-16 (MSG)
10-13 Joshua did what Moses ordered in order to fight Amalek. And Moses, Aaron, and Hur went to the top of the hill. It turned out that whenever Moses raised his hands, Israel was winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, Amalek was winning. But Moses’ hands got tired. So they got a stone and set it under him. He sat on it and Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on each side. So his hands remained steady until the sun went down. Joshua defeated Amalek and its army in battle.
14 God said to Moses, “Write this up as a reminder to Joshua, to keep it before him, because I will most certainly wipe the very memory of Amalek off the face of the Earth.”
15-16 Moses built an altar and named it “God My Banner.” He said,
Salute God’s rule!
God at war with Amalek
Always and forever!
- The enemy came and attacked God’s people.
- Moses gave God’s battle plan. Joshua would take the “young fighting men” to fight the enemy and Moses would take the rod, Aaron and Hur and go up to the mountain.
- Joshua and Moses both did what the Lord had told them to do.
It is always important that the people who are physically fighting the battle be fit for the battle. Not everyone can be on the front lines.
Just as important as those fighting on the front lines are those who are on the mountain praying and lifting up those fighting. We all need help and support. We aren’t supposed to try to fight the battle alone and we all have positions in the fight.
If we look at this as an example given here for fighting a battle. Joshua and his army would be those on the “front line”, anyone who is working for the Lord in the front of the battle. This could be Pastors, Missionaries, Teachers, Evangelists, people working for different ministries, people who are out there telling others about Jesus every day or feeding the hungry, anyone is is out there working with people and trying to draw them to the Lord each day.
The people on the mountain like Moses would be those praying. The rod represents the Word of God, and Moses wasn’t alone he took Aaron and Hur to help and support him when he grew tired.
Bill Hybels talked about comparing Moses lifting the rod, to a young child lifting their hand to a parent or grandparent for help. When we lift our hands in prayer or praise we are seeking our Father’s help. We are recognizing that we do not have all that we need to fight the battle and are asking God to help us.
v.10-13 Joshua did what Moses ordered in order to fight Amalek. And Moses, Aaron, and Hur went to the top of the hill. It turned out that whenever Moses raised his hands, Israel was winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, Amalek was winning. But Moses’ hands got tired. So they got a stone and set it under him. He sat on it and Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on each side. So his hands remained steady until the sun went down. Joshua defeated Amalek and its army in battle.
- The Israelites had victory when Moses lifted his hands to the Lord, but when he dropped them, the enemy would win.
- Aaron and Hur saw that Moses was getting tired so they got a rock for him to sit on and then helped him by holding his arms up.God sent Aaron and Hur to support Moses so that they could win against Amelek.
- We need to stay in the place God has for us and follow His instructions. We may be in the valley to physically fight or we could be in the high place of prayer/praise. It takes all of us working together to get complete victory over the enemy.
- We need to continually lift our hands in prayer/praise to our Father. Our victory comes from the Lord.
What areas have you let your prayer/praise hands fall down?
Ecclesiastes 4:12 (NKJV)
Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him.
And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
Don’t give up, continue until the battle is won. Until you have victory!
Matthew 7:7 (AMP)
Luke 18:1 (NIV)
- start early
- continue throughout the day
- get support as needed
- pray until you go to bed again
Pray continually, make this your habit and first thought in every situation.