Issue 1299 – Biblical Hold-Up Men – November 16, 2023
Then Amalek came and fought with Israel at Rephidim. Then Amalek came and fought with Israel at Rephidim. So Moses said to Joshua, “Choose for us men, and go out and fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand.” So Joshua did as Moses told him, and fought with Amalek, while Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed, and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side. So his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. And Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the sword. Exodus 17:9-13
Aaron and Hur were amongst the first hold-up men in the Bible. Not in the sense of armed robbers holding up a bank or stagecoach, but their “holding up” of Moses played an integral part in the victory over the Amalekites.
They assisted Moses in holding his people up to God. When Moses held the staff aloft, the Israelites would be winning. When Moses lowered the staff because of fatigue, the tide turned in favour of the enemy.
This passage makes an excellent analogy for intercessory prayer. Sometimes, we get busy or too tired to keep praying. Sometimes, if you are like me, you forget to pray for someone. If we are teamed with some hold-up partners, they will carry us through those times. When we slip, their prayers continue to raise the situation before God.
Find a prayer partner or two. Share prayer concerns and work in tandem to keep those concerns uplifted to Go. When one of you forgets or is too busy or tired, the others will cover, holding up your arms to God.
In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, Ephesians 6:16-18
Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
The biblical mandate to pray is clear. We are all called to pray at all times for all things. Perhaps you can find someone to hold you up, a person to help you.
Be someone else’s spiritual Aaron and Hur.
Praise His holy name.
Hallelu Yah / Praise God
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