Text: Exodus 17:8-16
Ever since sin entered the hearts of men, there has been war. It is good versus evil; this country against that country; this nation against that nation; and the people of God against those who would try to destroy them. This is what we find recorded in these verses of Scripture: the People of God versus Amalek.
Who is Amalek?
The first mention of Amalek is recorded in Genesis 36:12:
Genesis 36:10-12 “These are the names of Esau’s sons; Eliphaz the son of Adah the wife of Esau, Reuel the son of Bashemath the wife of Esau. (11) And the sons of Eliphaz were Teman, Omar, Zepho, and Gatam, and Kenaz. (12) And Timna was concubine to Eliphaz Esau’s son; and she bare to Eliphaz Amalek: these were the sons of Adah Esau’s wife.”
We read in Genesis 36:15-16, “These were dukes of the sons of Esau…” Probably because they were military commanders, dukes or captains, that had soldiers under them – for Esau and his family lived by the sword (Genesis 27:40).
Amalek was the first of the nations that Israel fought with. They were a cruel and relentless people; they laid wait for the people of God and killed those who took up the rear. They smote those who were faint, feeble, and weary. And this is what we find here in this war. (Read also Deuteronomy 25:17-19.)
As we study these passages of Scripture, the writer wants to point out some key principles for the believer:
When it comes to fighting tough spiritual battles, we have to choose carefully those we ask to go into battle with us. Exodus 17:9; “Choose us out men”; be careful who you choose.
It is important to heed wise counsel and to obey that counsel, especially when it is a matter of life and death. Exodus 17:10; an act of obedience and courage.
We can start out strong fighting a battle. But when the battle rages long, we can become weary with fight. And when this happens, the battle can begin to shift, and the opposing side can get the upper hand. Exodus 17:11; a shift in the battle because of weariness.
It is in those times of weariness that we have to yoke up with other fellow believers for strength and comfort when we are faced with those long-raging battles. Exodus 17:12; a yoking together of believers.
When the people of God yoke up together for battle and they faithfully fight without retreat, holding up the banner of the Lord. Victory is the ultimate end. Exodus 17:13
We should always remember those times when God has brought us through those tough battles; and to always know that if He brought me through this battle, He can bring me through any other. Exodus 17:14
If we would apply these six principles when faced with a tough battle, we would truly see how important our fellow brothers and sisters are to our faith. We need one another to make it through.
So, yoke up with your fellow believers to fight those hard spiritual battles.