Saturday, January 23, 2010

Be Bold And Be Courageous

A few days ago as I was reading the word of God in the book of Exodus, I was really blessed by the story of Moses. The scene is Joshua is out with the army of Israel fighting the Amalekites. As he is in the battle grounds, Moses, Aaron and Hur have climbed up a mountain to pray to the most High God.  Moses the friend of God has lifted his hands towards heaven and as the morning stretches out into noon, his hands become tired. Interestingly, the scriptures record as his hands are lifted up the battle goes in Israel's favor and  his hands lower down the battle swings back into the favor of the Amalekites. The man is exhausted holding his hands up, Aaron and Hur help him out by allowing him to sit on a rock and hold his hands up for him . An interesting point to remember here is the Amalekites are one of the races of people among the people groups that inhabited Canaan. From ancient times they were a people group that had the Nephilim (Giants), a race that had come to be from the fallen angels and the daughters of men. You might also remember that when Moses send spies to the land, ten of them report that they had seen giants in the land, the report was accurate indeed, but Joshua and Caleb knew that they could take them down because God was with them.

Anyway; trailing back to the prayer scene on the mountain, as Moses's hands are held up by the prayer warriors Aaron and Hur, Joshua is able to overcome the Amalekites in battle. The Lord then comes up on the mountain and  as recorded in Exodus 17:4 it says: Then the LORD said to Moses, "Write this on a scroll as something to be remembered and make sure that Joshua hears it because I will completely blot out hte memory of the Amalek from under heaven

This is the part that blessed me the most God has already planted a young man called Joshua to be the next leader of His people, he knows he has many more battles to fight so when the Lord tells Moses to record this incident for the generations to know, he adds an emphasis "make sure"your servant Joshua hears about it and this is what the Lord is going to do - I will blot out the Amalekites from the face of the earth.  I love it because God wants to Joshua to know his intentions. He wants to make sure Joshua knows His word, His promises and what He is going to do.

Later on, we see when Moses has passed away and Joshua is standing on the fringes of the Holy Land that is to be possessed, knowing he has many more battles to fight, the Lord comes again and promises him "Be Bold and Be courageous, do not be terrified, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go". (1 Joshua 1:9)

Amen - Amen & Blessings,

Sam Kurien

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