Exodus 17 and 18: because sometimes we ALL need some HELP

sword-of-the-spirtYes, I’m trying again to keep up with the crowd on the bible reading. I had to read 6 chapters to catch up to the Facebook group. But I think I’m good now.

In Exodus 17:8-16 we read about Amalek coming to fight against Israel. When Moses held up his hand (with the rod of God), Israel prevailed. When he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.  I picture him switching hands back and forth. Verse 12 says his hands became heavy.  So Aaron and Hur had Moses sit down on a stone (another picture of Messiah?) and Aaron held up one arm and Hur held up the other arm and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. So Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. Israel won.

I like that they held up BOTH hands at the same time to speed things along. 😉

Then in Chapter 18, Moses’ father-in-law (Jethro) comes to visit. Moses told Jethro the great things the Lord had done in delivering them from the Pharaoh.  Moses then goes on to tell Jethro that when the people have a problem or question, they come to Moses and he gives them advice. Jethro tells him that he’s going to wear himself out. He gives him good advice: select some able men who fear God, tell the truth, and are not covetous, and have them also rule with you.

Sometimes we need “a hand”…(sorry couldn’t resist). And sometimes we need advice–even if it comes from in-laws.

We all need help sometimes and I am still trying to learn that it’s ok!




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