Steady Hands – Victory Can Be Short Lived

Exodus 17:8-14

Love and Spiritual Reality

8 Then Amalek came and fought against Israel at Rephidim. 9 So Moses said to Joshua, "Choose men for us and go out, fight against Amalek. Tomorrow I will station myself on the top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand." 10 Joshua did as Moses told him, and fought against Amalek; and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 11 So it came about when Moses held his hand up, that Israel prevailed, and when he let his hand down, Amalek prevailed. 12 But Moses' hands were heavy. Then they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it; and Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side and one on the other. Thus his hands were steady until the sunset. 13 So Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. 14 Then the LORD said to Moses, "Write this in a book as a memorial and recite it to Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven."


Moses was a student/leader given the task of training Joshua to replace him even while leading the Hebrew nation. Today’s lesson laid the foundation for future events and circumstances that neither man would ever forget. Let’s retrieve some of them for our use:

  1. Your great victory may be the doorway to an even greater battle.

  2. Holding the staff of God over the fight can make a difference.

  3. Always bring along a couple of key leaders, you can’t go it alone.

  4. Notice Moses’ posture of power – hands up!

  5. Rely on your disciples to get you through – they can hold your hands up for you.

  6. Keep a memorial record you can read to up-and-coming warriors.

The people came away from Horeb with the taste of cool, sweet water on their tongues and military success over Amalek at Rephidim. They shouldn’t forget..

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