Arm lifting

14th February 2018

This week I have been reading Exodus. It’s the story of how God delivered the people of Israel from Egypt. To achieve this God selected a man called to Moses to lead them. It was an immense task as Israel was around million people! After leaving Egypt they were attacked by a group called the Amalekites. Israel sent their army to fight them, whilst Moses looked on and prayed...

As long as Moses held his hands up, the Israelites would win the fight, but when Moses put his hands down, the Amalekites would win. Later, when Moses’ arms became tired, the men put a large rock under him, and he sat on it. Then Aaron and Hur held up Moses’ hands - Aaron on one side and Hur on the other. They kept his hands steady until the sun went down. So Joshua defeated the Amalekites in this battle.
Exodus 17:11-13 The NCV Bible

God had selected Moses to lead Israel out of Egypt, which was a huge responsibility! However he was not alone. Moses lifted his hands in prayer and the battle went in their favour. After a while his arms grew tired so his brother and a friend held them up and Israel won the battle! Moses had literal support from others - he was not alone. Whatever God has called us to; we need the close support from others. I know in my own experience that I have benefited greatly from close friends who have ‘lifted my arms’ when things have got tough. So who is there for you, and who are you there for?

Gary Bastin - TC church leader

Town Centre Community Church

The Sarum Hill Centre Sarum Hill Basingstoke RG21 8SR United Kingdom 01256 316000

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