March 8, 2018
Today (and every day) may the Lord be lifted up! When He is lifted up then the people of God will prevail!
So many great messages to bring out in this chapter. And one of those messages is Lord showing the Israelites that He is their Banner!
A banner (or flag) represents what a people stand for and believe in. The American flag represents union, liberty, freedom, valor and integrity. And the banner of Jesus represents Almighty, Counselor, Peace, Everlasting, All-Knowing, Provider, Healer, love, joy, temperance and many more.
How do I wave the banner of Jesus in my life?
Do I lift up Jesus in my parenting because if I did my parenting will prevail!
Do I hold up the name of Jesus in my marriage, because if I did my marriage will prevail!
And when the values that encompass the one true God are not held up high, does that area of my life start to crumble? It did for the Israelites during the batter with Amalek.
So, wave the banner of Jesus in your life and you will prevail!
The people murmur for water at Rephidim
1 And all the congregation of the children of Israel journeyed from the wilderness of Sin, after their journeys, according to the commandment of the LORD, and pitched in Rephidim: and there was no water for the people to drink.
2 Wherefore the people did chide with Moses, and said, Give us water that we may drink. And Moses said unto them, Why chide ye with me? wherefore do ye tempt the LORD?
3 And the people thirsted there for water; and the people murmured against Moses, and said, Wherefore is this that thou hast brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst?
4 And Moses cried unto the LORD, saying, What shall I do unto this people? they be almost ready to stone me.
5 And the LORD said unto Moses, Go on before the people, and take with thee of the elders of Israel; and thy rod, wherewith thou smotest the river, take in thine hand, and go.
6 Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.
7 And he called the name of the place Massah, and Meribah, because of the chiding of the children of Israel, and because they tempted the LORD, saying, Is the LORD among us, or not?
Amalek is overcome when the rod of God is held up in Moses' hand
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.
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.
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Oh to wave that banner, thank you Brother Garrett. That we could wave it for the past and remember what God has brought us through and what he is going to bring us through and the victories when we obey and listen to God.
“Then came Amalek.....”, when you are on a course to follow God’s leading you can always count on someone or something to hinder you. Satan not only wants to discourage you but the man of God as well who is leading you. We must hold him up while he holds us up and victory WILL transpire.