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.
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:
16 For he said, Because the Lord hath sworn that the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.
K.J.V. Bible Text
Today’s reading is about how Amalek came and fought with Israel at Rephidim. Moses told Joshua to choose men and lead the fight. Moses himself stood on top of a hill with the rod of God in his hand.
While Moses hands remained raised, Israel prevailed. When he grew tired and lowered his hands, Amalek prevailed. Therefore, a stone was found for Moses to sit upon and Aaron and Hur stayed beside him holding up his hands until the battle was won.
The Lord told Moses to write the event in a book as a memorial. Moses also built an altar at that place.
As I was reading today’s material and reached verse 16, I saw where it says the Lord swore to have war with Amalek from generation to generation. This makes me wonder what kind of people the Amaleks were that the Lord would want to have war with them over and over. Of course, we know without doubt that if the Lord was not with them they were for certain not a God-fearing people.
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