Exodus 17:11-13 (NIV)
11 As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. 12 When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. 13 So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.
“But it is precisely here that we must remember the larger picture. The daily battles to be won must be seen within the context of the cosmic battle that Christ has already won. We see this in principle already in Exodus 17:8-16.” [NIVAC, Exodus, 362]
The Israelites at that time consisted of weakened, untrained former slaves and were attacked in cowardly fashion by the Amalekites. What the Amalekites did not realize is that this is God’s people, his treasured possession and to attack them is an attack on the LORD. Joshua is sent out to fight, but ultimately the battle belongs to the LORD.
What is the function of Moses’ raised hands and staff?
How does that function relate to what Christ has done for us?
Let’s pray: Jesus, your life, death and resurrection decisively won the battle once and for all, and may that victory also be experienced more in our daily life as your people. This is ultimately not our battle, but yours, we trust you Lord! In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.