Moses Intercedes for the Battle [Part 1]
By Alan Wright — July 03, 2018
Are you ready for some good news?
Jesus is interceding for you!
Today’s Text: “Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed, and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed.” (Exodus 17:11)
In Exodus 17, we learn that Amalek attacked Israel at Rephidim. The people of God had been delivered from their bondage in Egypt and they found themselves soon having to defend themselves in battle.
Joshua led the battle while Moses went to the top of the hill with Aaron and Hur. Whenever Moses held up his hands, Israel prevailed in the battle and whenever he lowered them, the enemy gained ground. When Moses’ hands grew weary, Aaron and Hur held up his hands. Thus, with hands and staff held high, the Israeli army defeated Amalek and God pledged: “I will utterly blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven (Ex. 17:14).”
Pastors have often used this story to remind the people that we get weary and sometimes need people to hold our hands up. It’s true. I get weary sometimes and I cherish it when someone comes alongside to keep me going. But that’s not what this story is about.
Moses is a picture of Jesus. We’re in a spiritual battle everyday and sometimes it feels crushing. The tendency is to focus on the battle so much that we lose sight of Christ. But Christ is high and lifted up. See Him in His glory with lifted hands interceding for you.
The lifted hands symbolize prayer, praise and blessing. Christ intercedes for you – He goes between you and the Judge declaring your justification. Christ is also your praise leader – He reminds you of the saving grace of God. Christ is also blessing you – He is the true high priest announcing benediction over you always.
If Christ’s arms don’t fall, you’re going to win this battle. And, beloved, He never grows weary or tired. And that’s the Gospel!