As long as Moses kept his hands raised up, Israel had the better of the fight, but when he let his hands rest, Amalek had the better of the fight. Exodus 17:11 NABRE
The book of Exodus tells the story of the Hebrew people in the desert after their escape from Egypt. In the passage quoted they are in battle with another ancient tribe in the desert for the use of water and food. Moses instructs Joshua to engage with this tribe in battle while Moses directs the battle from the top of a hill. From his position Moses is in prayer to God seeking God’s intervention for His people. With hands raised Joshua and his army had the better of the battle and so Moses with the help of others remained in prayer till the end of the day at which point the Hebrew army had won the battle. Christians today see Moses with his arms raised saving the people as a figure of action of Christ, who, on the cross won victory. Often Christ is seen as the new Moses symbolically, saving the people from slavery. Moses rescues the people from Egyptian slavey while Christ points to freedom for all people by liberating them from the desires of the flesh and compulsion for earthly treasure.
It is debatable that God requires Moses to remain in prayer to help the people. But seeing their leader constantly putting forth the effort to pray had to be inspirational to Joshua and the troops. More often we are an example for others when we trust God and put our faith in the life God can lead us to live. Be an inspiration, have faith in the One who loves you the most.
Do you put forth an example of faith? Are you able to be content with God’s gifts?More often we are an example for others when we trust God and put our faith in the life God can lead us to live. Be an inspiration, have faith in the One who loves you the most. Click To Tweet
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