(Part 2 of 2)
“So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses help up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. 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. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.”
Joshua went to the battlefield. Moses went to the mountain. Moses, with his staff in hand, stood in intercession on the hill as Joshua, with his sword in hand, battled the Amalekites in the valley below.
Countless sermons have been preached on this passage. Songs have been written, books published and paintings have been drawn of Moses’ arms being held up by Aaron and Hur as Joshua battled in the valley below.
However, this story is not about Moses, Aaron, Hur or Joshua! It is about the worn out, weary, and hurting people that needed someone to realize they were under attack and come to help them. Too often we romanticize passages of scripture, focusing on the main characters, but forgetting the context. Moses, arms lifted, with Aaron and Hur supporting him makes for a great portrait, but in reality it was designed by God to teach us a lesson.
Moses couldn’t do it alone! Aaron and Hur recognized Moses’ humanity and realized that he could not save these people alone. They had to stop and help. Imagine if there had been no one else on the hill that day. How would the day have ended?
Joshua didn’t go into battle alone either. He chose the strongest men to go with him. Imagine if no one had gone to the battlefield with him. It took all these men, doing their part, to “utterly destroy” the enemy.
Ask yourself this…Who is missing? Who is lagging behind in our church family? Who are the worn out; weary and vulnerable? Some people are missing out of rebellion. They have no interest in following God any longer or are dissatisfied with the leadership God put over them. So they have chosen to leave. Others, however, desperately want to be connected but have lost hope and direction. They have been beat down by the weight of this world and are just worn out.
Was Moses to blame for this? No! Was he to blame for them getting picked off? No! There was no way for Moses to know who was “lagging behind.” He was out in front leading. He needed everyone to keep watch, to encourage, strengthen, and stretch forth a hand to the worn out and weary. He needed Aaron and Hur on the mountain and Joshua in the field.
If we are going to be effective as a Body of Believers, we too, have to break the herd mentality. We need people in our churches praying and interceding for each other. We need people reaching out in practical ways- taking meals to the sick, visiting the lonely, encouraging the distraught, helping those in need. When we take time to turn back and fight for the worn out and weary we will see great victory in our communities.
Pastor Scott Burr