Left out of the Lectionary.

March 23, 2017

 The Old Testament reading for this past Sunday is an important part of Scripture, and understanding Psalm 95, the morning prayer psalm, rests on that passage.  But right after it comes another passage that is just beautiful, but never makes it into the Revised Common Lectionary.  This passage reveals the important fact that no leader, not even Moses can do it alone:


Then Amalek came and fought with Israel at Rephidim. Moses said to Joshua, ‘Choose some men for us and go out; 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. 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 sun set. And Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the sword.


 Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Write this as a reminder in a book and recite it in the hearing of Joshua: I will utterly blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.’ And Moses built an altar and called it, The Lord is my banner. He said, ‘A hand upon the banner of the Lord! The Lordwill have war with Amalek from generation to generation.’


- Exodus 17:8-16


Joshua leads the battle.  Aaron and Hur just hold up Moses' arms.  Whose arms are you called to hold up?  Who is holding up your arms?


If you want another spin on this passage, listen to this song by Andrew Peterson.




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