Exodus Chapter 17

Exodus 17

1And all the congregation of the children of Israel journeyed from the wilderness of Sin, after their journeys, according to the commandment of the LORD, and pitched in Rephidim: and there was no water for the people to drink.

2Wherefore the people did chide with Moses, and said, Give us water that we may drink. And Moses said unto them, Why chide ye with me? wherefore do ye tempt the LORD?

3And the people thirsted there for water; and the people murmured against Moses, and said, Wherefore is this that thou hast brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst?

4And Moses cried unto the LORD, saying, What shall I do unto this people? they be almost ready to stone me.

5And the LORD said unto Moses, Go on before the people, and take with thee of the elders of Israel; and thy rod, wherewith thou smotest the river, take in thine hand, and go.

6Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.

7And he called the name of the place Massah, and Meribah, because of the chiding of the children of Israel, and because they tempted the LORD, saying, Is the LORD among us, or not?

8Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim.

9And Moses said unto Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: to morrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in mine hand.

10So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek: and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill.

11And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.

12But Moses hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.

13And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.

14And the LORD said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.

15And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovahnissi:

16For he said, Because the LORD hath sworn that the LORD will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.

21 thoughts on “Exodus Chapter 17

  1. I like how in verse 3 they said, moses brought them out of egypt to kill them.I think I would rather be in the wilderness ,than to be beaten and whipped doing my job and to die their as a slave for pharoh.

  2. At first we can see that Moses was iffy/grumbly even, about leading the people out of Egypt. It would seem as though Isreal has taken on his character, and Moses has become closer in his relationship with the Lord. Just goes to show that our attitudes do, matter. It can become contagious.
    I know can see how Moses got mixed up, he struck the rock here Ex 17:6. But later, in Num 20: 7-11 he was supposed to speak to the rock, but he struck it in haste, another attitude malfunction.

    The Amalekites are a nomadic people, decendents of Esau’s grandson Amalek (Ge 36:12) and just like the Lord’s told Abraham (Gen 16:12) he is against his brothers, and just as promised he will allow them to live on. Its funny how you can stand still and trouble can find you. Ex 17:14 God promises again that he will “blot out the memory of the Amalekites rom under heaven”, but when you take into consideration the Hebrew word for memory is translated as “reown” or “fame” in Hosea 12:5; 14:14:7. The Amalekites continue to be a hostile and bothersome enemy of the Isrealites until they are dealt two final blows, first by David (1Sam 30) and then by King Hezekiah’s men (1 Ch 4:41-43). Thus God’s promise fully comes to pass. Like many challenges of our lives, the enemy is not destroyed in a single battle but through a series of encounters over a long period of time,.

  3. As the church body we have the ability to stone our leadership or uphold their hands. I don’t want to be a hurt to the ministry of God or to the leaders he has placed over me but a help, a prayer warrior and an asset to the Kingdom of God. Let’s hold our leadership up in prayer today.

    12But Moses hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.

  4. How often when things do not seem to be going “our” way do we question God and maybe even his concern for us. We do not need to be like the Israelites and contantly complain and tempt the Lord.

  5. V 15 NIV Moses built an altar and called it The Lord is my Banner. He said, “For hands were lifted up to the throne of the Lord. The Lord will be at war against the Amalekites from generation to generation.

    Isa 11v10 In that day, the root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his place of rest will be glorious.

    Rev 5v5 Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed….”

    Jesus. Our Banner. We can’t be defeated as long as his banner goes before us.

  6. Wow! The communion was with Mosses asGod had promised him, rebellion is always in our hearth to not believe, But the Lord showed again mercy with Israel using the patience of Mosses.
    God is faithful!

  7. V.11And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. The lifting of Moses hand, Israel prevails. When we lift our hands(as in worship) we (I) prevail!!! “WORSHIP DEFEATS THE DEVIL”.

  8. The Amalekites were descendants of Amalek, a grandson of Esau. They were a fierce nomadic tribe that lived in the desert region of the Dead Sea. They made part of their livelihood by conducting frequent raids on other settlements and carrying off plundered goods. They killed for pleasure. One of the greatest insults in Israelite culture was to call someone “a friend of Amalek.” When the Israelites entered the region, the Amalekites saw this a perfect opportunity for both pleasure and profit, but this hostile tribe was moving in on the wrong group, a people led by God. For the Israelite slaves to defeat such a warlike nation was more than enough proof that God was with them as he had promised to be.

  9. 15And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovahnissi:

    Jehovahnissi means Jehovah is my banner. Fly the banner of Jesus Proud and High for all to see.

  10. Once again we see dissatisfaction and carnality have escalated. Their quarreling was with the Lord and not Moses.
    Turn your eyes upon JESUS……..
    Choose Biblical Truth over Massah and Meribah.
    and learn from past history. Pr. 28:26
    Once again GOD so graciously answers.
    When we feel hungry or thirsty empty . HE
    Will fill us with HIS SPIRIT.

    Thank GOD for the out standing leadership at the POFW. Let’s continue to hold their hands up
    Lie on our face before GOD weep, seek, fast,
    read scripture, and pray with groaning that cannot be uttered. Rom.8:26
    We have the Name of Jesus, His Blood, His Spirit.
    Thank HIM For The Victory!!!

  11. 8-16
    UPRAISED HANDS
    Moses upraised hands symbolized dependence on the Lord. God protected Israie from unheaithy pride in the victory by showing that the battle was won only with divine aid. Our successes reflect what God is doing through us not what we have accomplished on our own

  12. Joshua did what Moses ordered in order to fight Amalek. And Moses, Aaron, and Hur went to the top of the hill. It turned out that whenever Moses raised his hands, Israel was winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, Amalek was winning. But Moses’ hands got tired. So they got a stone and set it under him. He sat on it and Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on each side. So his hands remained steady until the sun went down. Joshua defeated Amalek and its army in battle. MSG

    we as a church body need to lift up the leadership of POFW, we can either tear them down or lift them up. I want to be the one that lift them up…..

  13. 10So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek: and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill.
    11And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.
    12But Moses hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.
    13And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.

    God can do great things through unity and team work!!

  14. Aaron and Hur! I love those guys… Every young minister or any aspiring ought to have their spirit when it comes to helping an serving their Pastor! HELP THE MAN OF GOD!

  15. Continual mercy towards the Israelites only lets me know that there will always be mercy extended to the people of today. But let’s e careful to be thankful for Gods mercy and not find ourselves taking advantage of it. Mercy is not extended for us to go about the ways of the world during the week and then have it for the weekend. It is to keep us and give us what we need to make it to the ultimate goal after this life is done!

  16. This chapter illustrates reality. “And the LORD said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.” We must remember God’s ways are not our ways and God’s time is not our time. If God said he will do it then it shall be done, in his way and in his time, for he is God. May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  17. We see what victory can be wrought by Aaron and Hur lifting up the hands of their leader, Moses. We too must lift up the hands of our leader, Pastor, so that he doesn’t grow weary in the battle.

  18. 9And Moses said unto Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: to morrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in mine hand.

    Moses tells Joshua and a few good me to fight on the front line but even-though he would not be with them physically he will be fighting with them. It is reassuring to know that the man of God and his elders and ministers are helping him to interceded on our behalf when we are in battle.

  19. IT TAKES A TEAM

    12 But Moses hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.
    13 And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.

    Moses the Leader
    Joshua the Warrior
    Aaron the Spokesman
    Hur the Supporter

    TEAMWORK makes the DREAM work.

    Everyone finding their place in the work of the Kingdom is imperative to conquering the adversary.

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