“As long as Moses held up his staff in his hand, the Israelites had the advantage. But whenever he dropped his hand, the Amalekites gained the advantage. Moses’ arms soon became so tired he could no longer hold them up. So Aaron and Hur found a stone for him to sit on. Then they stood either side of Moses, holding up his hands. So his hands held steady until sunset. As a result, Joshua overwhelmed the army of Amalek in battle.”
During the Israelites long and treacherous journey to the Promised Land, through the 40 year of wilderness, they faced many obstacles, tests and hardships; none more so than found in Exodus chapter 17. Shortly after the Israelites had their thirst miraculously quenched, they found themselves in a life or death situation. The Amalekites, a fierce and persistent thorn in the side of Israel, set out to destroy God’s people in the land of Rephidim, where the people of Israel where camped. Yet God had other ideas. He had a plan and a promise for His people, and when God makes a promise, nothing will come between it.
So Moses, under God’s divine guidance, commanded Joshua to gather an army and attack the Amalekites. During the fight, Moses climbed up a hill and raised the staff in his hand, the same staff that parted the waters and had just miraculously provided water from a rock for the people. When his hands and staff were up, the advantage fell to the Israelites, yet when his hands dropped the advantage went to the Amalekites. Upon seeing this, Aaron and Hur, realised they needed to help Moses keep his arms held high. So they sat Moses down on a rock and held up his hands for him.
Of course this story, highlights once again the mighty power of our God and His fierce love for His people, but it also shows that sometimes we need help. Moses was just a man. Although he was commissioned by God to lead the people of Israel to the Promised Land, sometimes he needed help. This story shows us, that although God does have a plan for us and does use us, sometimes we need someone to get along side us and hold our hands up. Pray for us when we can’t pray. Stand with us when we can’t stand. Walk with us when we can’t walk. Let us be sensitive to our brother’s or sister’s needs. Let us be ready to hold their hands up.