The Lord is my Banner.

Exodus 17:8 Now Amalek came and fought with Israel in Rephidim. 
9 And Moses said to Joshua, “Choose us some men and go out, fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand.” 
10 So Joshua did as Moses said to him, and fought with Amalek. And Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 
11 And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. 
12 But Moses’ hands became heavy; so, they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. 
13 So Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.
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.” 
15 And Moses built an altar and called its name, The-Lord-Is-My-Banner; 
16 for he said, “Because the Lord has sworn: the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.”

The Amalekites attacked the children of Israel at Rephidim, no reason is cited, they just came out to fight. But one thing is certain, no one will attack us unless they first become fearful of us. And apparently Amalek became fearful of this huge nation of twelve tribes moving through the wilderness, probably numbering over a million by now.

And Moses said to Joshua, “Choose us some men and go out, fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand.” 
So, Joshua did as Moses said to him, and fought with Amalek. And Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 
(Vs 9, 10)

Now this is interesting, they didn’t choose to avoid the fight, but faced it head on.

And Moses went to the top of the Hill with Aaron and Hur, two priests. YHVH didn’t say don’t fight with them. He also did not say, go about your business and ignore them, and I’ll take care of them. No! The children of Israel would fight and they would prevail, because they were God’s Children, and His anointed people. They knew that they could not lose, because while they weren’t perfect, they obeyed God.

And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. 
12 But Moses’ hands became heavy; so, they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. 
13 So Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.
(Vs 11-13)

The rod that Moses held was symbolic of the power of YHVH God. it was what God used to split the Red Sea, and what Moses used to get water from the rock. Enough to water the whole nation and their livestock. The rod brought YHVH God into the fray, and of course they could not lose, because the power of Elohim was invoked.

Not only that but by the power of God, Joshua was inducted into permanent service as God’s warrior on Earth. Now he would lead Israel into battle when they entered the Promised land.

I know how Moses must have felt, holding his hands over his head must have been tiring. I know it is for me, even without the Rod.

But now no one will think Israel is a pushover, because several other nations hearing about this, will not want to come out and fight knowing that they have a God that fights for them and with them against all enemies.

However, we have seen that this assurance of victory comes from their faithfulness, and their obedience to almighty God. Something that no ordinary people could master or begin to grasp.


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.” 
(Vs 14)

Here is something that Yehoshua wants His people to remember, but more than that He will remind Joshua, of this battle and His calling. So, There will be a memorial written in the book of life, and in Moses’ account of their travels toward the promised land. I’m certain He wrote down these things, otherwise the Torah would not exist today. The first five books of the Bible were authored by Moses.

And Moses built an altar and called its name, The-Lord-Is-My-Banner; for he said, “Because the Lord has sworn: the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.” (Vs 15, 16)

The Lord has sworn to war with Amalek forever, from generation to generation. And there will be more such battles. So as a reminder that Yehoshua is in the fight, Moses constructs a monument, an altar, and its name is “The Lord is my banner.”

I don’t know about you my friends, but I can see that our enemies have come out to fight. And they too are stronger than us, but they cannot fight against God and prevail, no more than the Amalekites could against Joshua.

If we resist, we will prevail, but only if our banner is the lord.

“But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15)

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

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