Exodus 17:8-16 The War w/ Amalek
Topical Category #24/ #26
Intro: After the Manna /the Lord led them to Rephidim : Rest stop or the Place of refreshment but Dry !!! ..
Now after the Lord Provided Refreshment from the Rock which we noted Spoke of His Death / Rez. & the Filling of the Spirit
( Earlier the Lord spared them / now ready/ Note several things tonight
Amalekites were nomads in the desert south of Canaan
1Pet.5:8 your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
Sometimes I feel the Most Vulnerable
What do you do in those times What did Jesus do ?
I also see a parallel between the Tactics of Amalek & Satan in this that they both targeted the Wives & the Kids
D) And Satan will use that struggle w/ the Flesh to tempt us -
Now lets consider some things about the Battle itself
FOR MEN NOT AGAINST MEN
Our Battle is not against men / but against the Devil & his forces who will use men & whatever means he can to get victory
1st Joshua is told to Choose some men & go out & fight against Amalek
But also on a practical note : It might mean that I have to confront a situation I might need to share w/ an individual / Stand against a Movie
1) Farmer : He can pray all he wants but never ploughs or sows seed
he is never going to see a Harvest
e) Consequently it gives the enemy the opportunity to gain some ground in
a situation !!!!!
But the story also points out to us that Physical involvement is not enough or the main thing - The Battle is won is the Spiritual realm
Can do more than pray / shouldnt do anything until weve prayed
1) The Real Battle took place in the garden of Geth. The night before as Jesus agonized in prayer at what was about to occur / sweat drops of blood
Interesting at this point in the History of the Church there has never been so many books written on the subject of Marriage & Child rearing
1) 2nd we dont Pray - The Church is not committed to seriously praying
1 Tim.2:8 I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, WHY?
There is great Power in Prayer : Notice some points about Prayer
A) 1ST Moses didnt go up Alone : Took 2 w/ Him Aaron & Hur
B)2 or more Gathered together in my name I am there in the Midst of them
C) Listen I think that every one of us need to have an Aaron & Hur in our Lives Bros/ Sisters we can come to & say
Notice v.14 14 Then the LORD said to Moses, "Write this for a memorial in the book and recount it in the hearing of Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven."
1) Dont grow weary in well doing -
But that leads me to the 2nd thing we need to notice: Moses grew weary in Prayer
Growing weary in the Physical battle / but Moses did in the Spiritual
Especially when the Spiritual activity is Prayer
Which we did for 31/2 months ( I dont know of any other Church where they took one of Key services dedicated it to Prayer )
went from around 300 down to 50 / then 20
The more spiritual the duty ,the more apt we are to tire of it. We could go forth to see the sick all day, but we could not be in our closets all day one-half so easily. Oh! take care, take care, church of Christ, that thou dost not
cease thy prayers! Above all, I speak to my own much loved church, my
own people. You have loved me, and I have loved you, and God has given
us great success, and blessed us. But, mark, I trace all of it to your prayers.
You have assembled together in multitudes, perfectly unparalleled, to pray
for me on each Monday evening, and I know I am mentioned at your
family altars, as one who is very dear to your hearts; but I am afraid lest
you should cease your prayers.
Let the world say, "Down with him ;" I will stand against them all, if you will pray for me; but if you cease your prayers it is all up with me and all over with you. Your prayers make us mighty; the praying legion is the thundering legion.
. Men can stand against anything but prayer. We would pray
the very gates of hell off their hinges, if we could pray as some men have
done. Oh! that we had might in prayer. Do not, I beseech you, I entreat
you, do not cease to pray; cease what you please, but do not give up that;
down on your knees, wrestle with God, and verily the Lord our God will
bless us, "and all the ends of the earth shall fear him."
Love the heart of that pastor : Please dont grow weary in Prayer
20 yrs before God answered / God moved !!!! ( Fast food Society)
D) Jesus said : I would that men would always pray & not lose heart !!!
I wonder if some of us have !!!!
Have you grown weary : What do ? Grab an Aaron & a Hur to pray
Hold each other accountable to pray
D) If the Lord is leading in the service or after pray !!!!