Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim. 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. Exodus 17:8-9
So since the Israelites went through the plagues, went through the Red Sea, tested God in the wilderness, you would think now the Israelites can sit back and relax for the rest of their lives till the Promise Land. Wrong! God promised us salvation but He never promised us an easy life
The Israelites have their first war, their first test the Amalekites. They dont want these strangers on their land, so they attacked Gods people. This would be a fatal mistake for the Amalekites as God is going to wipe them out from the face of the Earth. In fact if you look through world history, those who attacked Gods people were wiped out from the face of the Earth. Where is the might Egyptian empire? Where is the Roman Empire? Where is the Greek empire? Where is the Nazis? They are all in the graveyard
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. And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. Exodus 17:10-11
We are first starting to see Joshua come on to the scene. Joshua will be the predecessor to Moses. One interesting note is Joshua in Hebrew is Yeshua, the same name as our Lord.
But notice even though Joshua by faith with some other Israelites went to battle the Amalekites, it was God who was actually fighting them. As long as Moses obeyed God, he would fight for them!
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. And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. Exodus 17:12-13
Moses arms were getting tired, but his brother helped to keep them lifted. Dont we all need help from our brothers and sisters when we get weary? By God, Joshua defeated the Amalekites. The Israelites faith made them victorious by God
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 And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovahnissi Exodus 17:14-15
Just as God promised, He took care of the Israelites and wiped out the Amalekites. How did Moses respond? He built an altar and worshipped God. How do we respond when God gives us victory? Do we thank God? Do we worship and praise Him? Just as the old hymn “God will take care of You” Amen!