What’s Behind the Battle

Posted on May 23, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Since I feel like my current story is like that of the Israelites wandering in the wilderness, I thought it would be good to be reading their story and see what God can teach me about mine. I will be posting some of my thoughts on the passages I read.

“So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur   went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset.So Joshua overcame the Amalekite   army with the sword.” Exodus 17:10-13

I started asking new questions about this story this time around. What was the point of Moses holding up his hands? Is this symbolic of prayer? What’s the significance of Aaron and Hur helping Moses hold up his hands? Adam Clarke’s commentary says, “It is likely that [Moses] held up the rod of God in his hand, v.9, as an ensign to the people…in prayer the hands were generally lifted up and spread out, and therefore it is likely that by this the act of prayer and supplication are intended.”

I do think Moses holding up his hands is symbolic of prayer. And it shows us what we are to do when those around us are in the battles of life. Sometimes there is nothing we can physically do to help the situation. We just need to stand back and pray, pray, pray! We probably have made it through lots of battles, never thinking about all the prayer that was behind it. And back to the story in Exodus, I think Aaron and Hur helping Moses hold up his hands has major significance. Sometimes the burden of praying our hearts out for someone is too much of a burden for us to carry on our own. We need to bring in others to pray with us. There are some major spiritual battles going on out there. It’s a fight for people’s lives and their souls. Let’s gather together and pray each other through these things! Who do you need to lift your hands up for today?

 

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