A year after Israel’s departure from Egypt, the Lord spoke to Moses in the Tabernacle in the wilderness of Sinai. On the first day of the second month of that year he said, “From the whole community of Israel, record the names of all the warriors by their clans and families. List all the men… (Numbers 1:1, 2 NLT)
People of Israel were brought out from Egypt with greatest signs and wonders. In wilderness they were protected and provided miraculously. Yet, God told Moses to mobilize an army to defend themselves.
God didn’t led Israelites like cattle by not requiring them to do anything but simply to trust Him. But made them to become responsible, trained them equally as any nations army existed at that time and equipped them with all supplies needed for their families so they can be devoted to these duties.
Only on top of all these necessary duties He entrusted on them, He showed up in their battles, in their weakness, in their impossibilities and made them to conquer!
A God’s child is never exempt from training himself/herself in all that is needed to defend including his/her faith. When we do all that we are required to do diligently by His grace and wisdom – He will add His favor and strength to make us win!
Let’s prepare diligently as we are called not just to conquer but to become more than a conquer thru’ Christ Jesus!
No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:37, 39
“Listen, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Listen, King Jehoshaphat! This is what the Lord says: Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.” 2 Chronicles 20:15
It takes real wisdom to pick our battles and fight it. But it takes God’s grace and humility to know certain battles aren’t ours to fight, but God’s!
God is excited to conquer our lives and give us a peaceful rest from all our enemies and their threatenings.
When our lives are devoted to Him and we exhibit the fear of the Lord like this king Jehoshaphat, then we will be opposed by the enemy – there is no need to panic, but simply let God fight that battle. God is thrilled to do it, because He do this only in those lives in which He is well pleased.
If you going thru’ lot of battles learn to chose which one to fight, then learn to humble/submit certain battles to the Lord – you’re not called to fight them all.
Let God be God in our lives.
You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Isaiah 26:3
When all the surrounding kingdoms heard that the Lord himself had fought against the enemies of Israel, the fear of God came over them. So Jehoshaphat’s kingdom was at peace, for his God had given him rest on every side. 2 Chronicles 20:29-30
So Joshua did what Moses had commanded and fought the army of Amalek. Meanwhile, Moses, Aaron, and Hur climbed to the top of a nearby hill. As long as Moses held up the staff in his hand, the Israelites had the advantage. But whenever he dropped his hand, the Amalekites gained the advantage. Exodus 17:10-11
No matter how much faith we have, our flesh always hates the spirit. This hatred will become obvious when our spirit want to pursue God’s will.
Here Amalekites represent our flesh (they were decendants of Esau who had forfeit his birthright for a fleshly appetite) and Israelites represents our spirit (willing and wanting God’s plan & purpose, and has the Abraham’s Promise).
This battle at ‘Rephidim’ was a defining moment in the Israelites – either they all would perish and lose their promise, or victoriously conquer and go forward to pursue their promise.
We read that Israelites had an overwhelming victory because of all these 4 things –
- Joshua (your submitted will) went in obedience to battle the Amalekites (your flesh) Exodus 17:9-10
- Moses (your authority in Christ Jesus) went up the hill and took his place (God given authority was exercised). Exodus 17:10-12
- Aaron (you declaring the God’s spoken Word) accommodated Moses (your authority in Christ Jesus) and went up the hill. Exodus 17:10-12
- Hur (you lead by Holy Spirit, in holiness, with pure motives) accommodated Moses (your authority in Christ Jesus) and went up the hill. Exodus 17:10-12
Moses, Aaron & Hur’s action on the hill shouldn’t be misunderstood for a mere prayer; rather it was a proclamation – meaning, an official public announcement of the decision made in God’s authoritative power!
It is important that such proclamation has to be made until we overwhelmingly win our flesh to move on with our purpose in God’s calling.
After the victory, the LORD instructed Moses, “Write this down on a scroll as a permanent reminder, and read it aloud to Joshua: I will erase the memory of Amalek from under heaven.” Moses built an altar there and named it Yahweh-Nissi (which means “the LORD is my banner”). He said, “They have raised their fist against the LORD’s throne, so now the LORD will be at war with Amalek generation after generation.” Exodus 17:14-16