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Exodus 17:8-13

1. Joshua partnered with Moses
Joshua was given the mission of leading the counter attack against the Amalekites. It was important for Joshua to attack the threat with great physical effort.

Moses took the mission of a different nature. Moses went to the top of the hill with the staff of God. It was important for Moses to attack the threat with spiritual effort.

The piece of wood was used to do great things and it was that staff that God used to express His power to the entire world. The staff was a symbol of God’s concern for His people.

Both avenues were needed to confront the threat they were facing. Could Joshua have made both the physical and spiritual effort at the same time? No! Could Moses have made both the physical and spiritual effort at the same time? No! The simple truth is that these partners, accomplished more together than they ever could separately.

2. The soldiers partnered with Joshua

Not much is mentioned about this but we need to remember that Israel did not have any kind of an army at all. Up to this point there had been no need for an army and this would have been the first major threat that they had since they left Egypt. It was God who took care of Pharaoh’s army at the Red Sea. Israel was forced into this fight and Joshua went to the men of the twelve tribes to raise an army.

In order, for Joshua to raise an army, he had to gain their partnership for the battle. The men had to agree to go out and fight or there would have been no army to lead. Joshua needed other people to help him get the work done. He needed other people to come together with him and give their strength and support his efforts.

3. Aaron and Hur partnered with Moses

Just as Joshua gathered others to fight, Moses gathered others to help in the spiritual struggle.
Moses raised his hands! It was a big thing because as long as Moses’ hands were raised, the Israelites were winning the battle.

Moses raised his hands with the staff of God. It was the model for the work of God in the past and when Israel needed a miracle, Moses stretched out his hands. The staff had become the symbol of God’s power and help.

Aaron and Hur helped Moses as he became tired. They gave him the support and the strength that he needed to complete the mission. The stone provided support for Moses and as they lifted his hands Moses had the strength he needed.

Partners work for a common goal.

Partners add their abilities and strengths together to help each other.

Partners give their all to support others and partners work to strengthen everyone else.

We need to put these principles into our Christian ministry, too!

Dr. Czeslaw Bassara ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; www.proword.eu)

James N. Spurgeon wrote:

'A job is at your choice; a ministry is at Christ's call. In a job you expect to receive; in a ministry you expect to give. In a job you give something to get something; in a ministry you return something that has already been given to you. A job depends on your abilities; a ministry depends on your availability to God. A job done well brings you praise; a ministry done well brings honour to Christ.'

This ministry is to bring honour to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!

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