Sharing Sunday Service 01/27/13

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Sharing Sunday Service  is a series where I share the Word of God in a relaxed atmosphere, open to questions.  We have a wonderful pastor that inspires my thought processes, and leaves me eager and encouraged to further my knowledge as a child of Christ.  King James Bible is recommended, but if you don’t have one, don’t fret.  Use what you have and follow along.

Sometimes, as Christians, we forget to call on God in difficult times. We set off to conquer on our own, never realizing the strength we have as children of God.  In Exodus 17:8-16Exodus 17:8-16
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8 Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim. 9 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. Joshua: called Jesus 10 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. 11 And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. 12 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. 13 And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. 14 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. 15 And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovahnissi: Jehovahnissi: that is, The LORD my banner 16 For he said, Because the LORD hath sworn that the LORD will have war with Amalek from generation to generation. Because...: or, Because the hand of Amalek is against the throne of the LORD, therefore, etc the LORD hath...: Heb. the hand upon the throne of the LORD  

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we see the children of Israel, who have journeyed into the Wilderness of Sin, pitching their tents in Rephidim.  This is where the Israelites faced Amalek.  Amalek was a descendant of Esau.  Esau sold his birthright for a bowl of soup!  His needs of the flesh meant more to him than his spiritual needs.  Amalek was exactly the same.  He knew nothing of spiritual things!

Moses and the children of Israel had just experienced a major victory in crossing the Red Sea and watching the defeat of the Egyptians.  Everything was going good for them, until they were attacked by Amalek.  Such is so in life today.  Have you ever noticed that when everything seems to be going well in your life, you are attacked by ‘Amalek’?  In Exodus 17:16Exodus 17:16
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16 For he said, Because the LORD hath sworn that the LORD will have war with Amalek from generation to generation. Because...: or, Because the hand of Amalek is against the throne of the LORD, therefore, etc the LORD hath...: Heb. the hand upon the throne of the LORD  

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,  God forewarns that the war with Amalek will continue from generation to generation.

Amalek is symbolic for those who hate and disregard God.  They know nothing of spiritual needs, nor is that of any importance to them.

Amalek’s strategy of attack continues today:

He targeted the feeble; weakest

He targeted the faint and weary; those tired and sickly

He attacked the flesh

Deut. 25:17-18Deut. 25:17-18
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17 Remember what Amalek did unto thee by the way, when ye were come forth out of Egypt; 18 How he met thee by the way, and smote the hindmost of thee, even all that were feeble behind thee, when thou wast faint and weary; and he feared not God.  

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“Remember what Amalek did unto thee by the way, when ye were come forth out of Egypt; How he met thee by the way, and smote the hindmost of thee, even all that were feeble behind thee, when thou wast faint and weary; and he feared not God.”

Moses went up to the mountain top overlooking the battle.  This is where he raised his hands up toward God with his rod in one hand.  This was a symbol of appeal to God for help and His empowerment.  It’s important to notice that when Moses’ hands were up, the battle faired well for the Israelites.  But when his hands became tired and heavy, and his rod was lowered, Amalek prevailed.  Aron and Hur  sat Moses down and both took an arm and held it up [Exodus 17:12Exodus 17:12
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12 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.  

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]  They did what needed to be done in order for the Israelites to be victorious!

Israel won that battle because everyone made themselves available for God’s use.  Are you willing to take on any role that needs to be done so we all can have victory?  Are you willing to fight the good fight of faith for the cause of Christ?

Exodus 17:15Exodus 17:15
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15 And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovahnissi: Jehovahnissi: that is, The LORD my banner  

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 Moses builds an altar and names it Jehovah-nissi, which means ‘The Lord my banner’!  Do you stand under a banner?  There will always be a battle for the people of God while we are on this earth.  ‘Amalek’ will always show up and attack the people of God, attacking at our weakest point.  We must respond to these attacks by calling on God to help us, and it will take all of us to win the victory!  God will most certainly give us the victory if we are obedient to Him.  He is our Spiritual banner!

Written by Mary Hudak-Collins

Mary Hudak-Collins

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