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God’s Man With A Plan V 8-10

Exodus 17:8–10 NRSV
8 Then Amalek came and fought with Israel at Rephidim. 9 Moses said to Joshua, “Choose some men for us and go out, fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand.” 10 So Joshua did as Moses told him, and fought with Amalek, while Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill.
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Amalek, according to some sources are the descendants of Esau. Esau's Grandson was Amalek. () Others believe that they were nomadic people.
The Israelites were not a people that were ready to fight.
Exodus 13:17–18 NRSV
17 When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was nearer; for God thought, “If the people face war, they may change their minds and return to Egypt.” 18 So God led the people by the roundabout way of the wilderness toward the Red Sea. The Israelites went up out of the land of Egypt prepared for battle.
The Amelekites were being bullies attacking the weak and did not respect God.
Deuteronomy 25:17–18 NRSV
17 Remember what Amalek did to you on your journey out of Egypt, 18 how he attacked you on the way, when you were faint and weary, and struck down all who lagged behind you; he did not fear God.
V9 Moses, the man of God had a plan... That did not sound like a good plan or an even one at that. Joshua and others would fight while he simply held his hands up!
Moses, the man of God had a plan... That did not sound like a good plan or an even one at that. Joshua and others would fight while he simply held his hands up!
Moses was able to choose men capable of fighting.
Are you prepared to fight the enemy?
While they were they were fighting he would hold something in his upheld hands... The Staff
The New Revised Standard Version Amalek Attacks Israel and Is Defeated

I will stand on the top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand.”

staff n. — a strong stick that is used for different purposes, but often as an aid for walking.
staff n. — a strong stick that is used for different purposes, but often as an aid for walking.
1 John 1:6–7 NRSV
6 If we say that we have fellowship with him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true; 7 but if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
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This thing that aids people in WALKING would become legendary. WALKING in terms of the Bible often applies to your life and how you live it.
Exodus 4:2 NRSV
2 The Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” He said, “A staff.”
Exodus 4:20–21 NRSV
20 So Moses took his wife and his sons, put them on a donkey, and went back to the land of Egypt; and Moses carried the staff of God in his hand. 21 And the Lord said to Moses, “When you go back to Egypt, see that you perform before Pharaoh all the wonders that I have put in your power; but I will harden his heart, so that he will not let the people go.
Exodus 7:12 NRSV
12 Each one threw down his staff, and they became snakes; but Aaron’s staff swallowed up theirs.
Exodus 7:17 NRSV
17 Thus says the Lord, “By this you shall know that I am the Lord.” See, with the staff that is in my hand I will strike the water that is in the Nile, and it shall be turned to blood.
Exodus 8:5 NRSV
5 And the Lord said to Moses, “Say to Aaron, ‘Stretch out your hand with your staff over the rivers, the canals, and the pools, and make frogs come up on the land of Egypt.’ ”
Exodus 8:16 NRSV
16 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Say to Aaron, ‘Stretch out your staff and strike the dust of the earth, so that it may become gnats throughout the whole land of Egypt.’ ”
Exodus 9:23 NRSV
23 Then Moses stretched out his staff toward heaven, and the Lord sent thunder and hail, and fire came down on the earth. And the Lord rained hail on the land of Egypt;
Exodus 10:13 NRSV
13 So Moses stretched out his staff over the land of Egypt, and the Lord brought an east wind upon the land all that day and all that night; when morning came, the east wind had brought the locusts.
Exodus 14:16 NRSV
16 But you lift up your staff, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, that the Israelites may go into the sea on dry ground.
Exodus 17:5–6 NRSV
5 The Lord said to Moses, “Go on ahead of the people, and take some of the elders of Israel with you; take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. 6 I will be standing there in front of you on the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it, so that the people may drink.” Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel.
This staff was a symbol of what God could do. It was the firm foundation that God would deliver his people. It was what their faith was based on! I played a part in their deliverance! And Moses was the one that handled this and put it before Gods people and others as they were delivered. Much like the minister puts things out before the masses to help people to walk and have faith in a God that still delivers today.
"The Man of God has a plan based on the proofs and evidences of God's faithfulness and power!"

God’s Men Work The Plan V 11-13

Exodus 17:11–13 NRSV
11 Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed; and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed. 12 But Moses’ hands grew weary; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; so his hands were steady until the sun set. 13 And Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the sword.
"Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed; and whenever he lowered his hand"
It is not by the command of Moses or the strength of the army whereby they attain the upper hand. It is by the lifting up on the hill the staff that proves God is GOD!
Matthew 5:14 NRSV
14 “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid.
The holding of the staff is not just for the purpose of the Israelites. They are stationed on a hill for ALL to see! When the man of God holds up God for all to see God's people prevail! When he does not they fail.
When the man of God holds up God for all to see God's people prevail! When he does not they fail.
Exodus 17:12 NRSV
12 But Moses’ hands grew weary; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; so his hands were steady until the sun set.
ex 17:12
"But Moses' hands grew weary..."
The task given to him was not one that he could have completed by himself. Holding your hands up for anyone of any age for that period of time would have been a task for anyone of any age! He could not do it by himself!
"so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; so his hands were steady until the sun set."
There were two faithful men on the hill with him. One we know for sure was battle tested in Aaron. Hur must have been close to be chosen to help.
Will you help the man of God to hold up that which saves?
ex 17:13
Exodus 17:13 NRSV
13 And Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the sword.
Because of the proof of God being lifted on a hill before the masses those who FOUGHT were victorious!
Everyone is not a fighter. Some are just along for the ride and some are just learning how to hold their sword. But it is everyone's duty to fight!
2 Timothy 2:1–4 NRSV
1 You then, my child, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus; 2 and what you have heard from me through many witnesses entrust to faithful people who will be able to teach others as well. 3 Share in suffering like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 No one serving in the army gets entangled in everyday affairs; the soldier’s aim is to please the enlisting officer.
"Everyone has a part to play in the fight against the adversary. Will you be a helper or a hindrance to the people of God?"

God’s Men Prepare For The Future V 14-16

Exodus 17:14–16 NRSV
14 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write this as a reminder in a book and recite it in the hearing of Joshua: I will utterly blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.” 15 And Moses built an altar and called it, The Lord is my banner. 16 He said, “A hand upon the banner of the Lord! The Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.”
“Write this as a reminder in a book and recite it in the hearing of Joshua"
God wants the future leader to know that the adversary will one day be utterly defeated!
Exodus 17:15 NRSV
15 And Moses built an altar and called it, The Lord is my banner.
ex 17:15
Jehovah-Nissi “Yahweh is my banner”
Severance, W. M., & Eddinger, T. (1997). In That’s easy for you to say: your quick guide to pronouncing Bible names (p. 170).
God is their banner. What does that mean?
The Roman Standard (Latin: Signum or Signa Romanum) was a pennant, flag, or banner, suspended or attached to a staff or pole, which identified a Roman legion (infantry) or Equites (cavalry). The Standard of a cavalry unit was emblazoned with the symbol of the serpent (Draconarius) while a legion of infantry was represented by a totemic animal. The most famous of these is the eagle (Aquila) but there were also legions identified by the boar, the wolf, the horse, and minotaur. The Standard was important as a rallying point, symbol of pride and, more practically, as a means of communication in battle. A trumpet blast would draw the attention of the troops to the Standard which would then direct which action should be taken on the field. The Standard bearer would lower, raise, wave, or make some other motion with the Standard to indicate what the next move was for the troops or to change some tactic or formation. So important was the Standard to the armies of Rome that battles were fought for their return. In the time of the Roman Republic the Standards were imprinted with the letters SPQR which was an abbreviation for Senatus Populusque Romanus (Senate and People of Rome). The Standard, then, represented not only the legion or cohort which carried it but the citizens of Rome, and the policies the army represented.
The Standard was important as a rallying point, symbol of pride and, more practically, as a means of communication in battle. A trumpet blast would draw the attention of the troops to the Standard which would then direct which action should be taken on the field. The Standard bearer would lower, raise, wave, or make some other motion with the Standard to indicate what the next move was for the troops or to change some tactic or formation. So important was the Standard to the armies of Rome that battles were fought for their return. In the time of the Roman Republic the Standards were imprinted with the letters SPQR which was an abbreviation for Senatus Populusque Romanus (Senate and People of Rome). The Standard, then, represented not only the legion or cohort which carried it but the citizens of Rome, and the policies the army represented.
Exodus 17:16 NRSV
16 He said, “A hand upon the banner of the Lord! The Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.”
ex 17:16
God keeps his promises
1 Samuel 15:1–3 NRSV
1 Samuel said to Saul, “The Lord sent me to anoint you king over his people Israel; now therefore listen to the words of the Lord. 2 Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘I will punish the Amalekites for what they did in opposing the Israelites when they came up out of Egypt. 3 Now go and attack Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have; do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.’ ”
God has utterly destroyed that which plays the part of adversary in your life.

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