How the children of Israel defeated Amalekites? How God prepared for this? the dangerous of falling on desperate, and challenging God. We should bear our responsibility as Moses. what is the difference between the right and the left hit?
Victory over the Amalekites
(Now Amalek came and fought with Israel in Rephidim. And Moses said to Joshua, choose some men and go out, fight with Amalek.) (EXODUS 17:8-9)
(And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.) (EXODUS 17:11)
(But Moses’ hands became heavy; so, they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. So, Joshua defeated Amalek.) (EXODUS 17:12,13)
This great war showed up the power of the cross which defeated Amalekites; the symbol of Satan and his hosts.
Hence, firstly, the Lord God fought Pharaoh and his army, then, the children of Israel fought Amalekites with their own arm. Because I guess that God does so, with every one of us. At the beginning, he fights for us by His grace to show us His mighty power and His ability to defeat our enemy to encourage us, then, he asks us to struggle against it when He is sure we can do it.
Spies Sent into Canaan
(And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel.) (NUMBERS 13:1-2)
(So, they went up and spied out the land. And they returned from spying out the land after forty days.) (NUMBERS 13:21,25)
(Then they told him and said: “We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey. Nevertheless, the people who dwell in the land are strong, the cities are fortified and very large, moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there.) (NUMBERS 13:27,28)
When the spies returned back, they made a slander in common. As many people of us are trying to walk in the ways of the Lord and when they feel the difficulty of the way, they frustrate all people surrounding them about the disability to complete the journey to Heavens and the challenges of implementing the commandment.
Dear reader, yes, when we do look at the difficulties, the challenges and the wars of Satan and sometimes the wrecked people, we might feel with our weaknesses in such war, but, when we do look at the Lord and His mighty power; the lion who went out to win, we can only see a defeated enemy.
Israel Refuses to Enter Canaan
(So, all the congregation lifted up their voices and cried. And all the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron, and the whole congregation said to them. “If we had died in the land of Egypt! or if only we had died in this wilderness!”) (NUMBERS 14:1-2)
(Why has the Lord brought us to this land to fall by the sword, that our wives and children should become victims?) (NUMBERS 14:3)
Hence, the people that saw God and His wonders in the Red Sea turned over against Him because of the anger and desperate that blinded them totally.
So, dear reader, the fall on desperate may be the strongest reason behind committing suicide nowadays, and for this reason it is most thoughtfully that the hope is one of the greatest three virtues.
(Then the Lord said to Moses: “How long will these people reject Me? And how long will they not believe Me, with all the signs which I have performed among them? I will strike them with the pestilence. And I will make you a nation greater and mightier than they.”) (NUMBERS 14:11-12)
Then, the mercy of God does not contradict with His Justice, so, He might forgive as he has done in the sadly event of the gold calf, but He judged upon the challenge and the grumble against Him with the pestilence.
Dear reader, yes, God forgives us so many times, but, when we insist greatly upon challenging Him and His commandments, He might permit the inducement of troubles in our lives. But, I think, He does so for our benefit to return us back, not to punish us.
(And Moses said to the Lord: “Now if you kill these people, then the nations which have heard of Your fame will speak, saying, “Because the Lord was not able to bring this people to the land which He swore, therefore He killed them.) (NUMBERS 14:13,15,16)
(Pardon the iniquity of this people, I pray, according to the greatness of your mercy. Then the Lord said: “I have pardoned according to your word; but truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord.”) (NUMBERS 14:19,20)
So, Moses continued in doing his role and his duty as an honest leader and intercessor of the children of Israel with a great love and a great patience.
(Because all the men who have seen My glory and the signs which I did in Egypt, and in the wilderness, and have put Me to the test now these ten times, they certainly shall not see the land which I swore to their fathers.) (NUMBERS 14:22,23)
Eventually, God decided that all those who have seen the glory of God and tested Him these ten times that they would not enter the terrestrial Jerusalem but still giving them the chance to join the celestial one.
Rebellion Against Moses and Aaron
(Now Korah the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, with Dathan and Abiram the sons of Eliab, and On the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men; and they rose up before Moses with some of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty leaders of the congregation.) (NUMBERS 16:1-2)
So, sometimes troubles come from relatives, since Korah was Moses’s cousin as written in (EXODUS 6:14-25), it also seems strange that Jesus Himself faced the same troubles in Nazareth, that He lived in, and its people went Him out of it, trying to throw Him from the top of the mountain!
(They gathered together against Moses and Aaron, and said to them, “You are too much upon yourselves, for all the congregation is holy, every one of them, and the Lord is among them. Why then do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of the Lord?”) (NUMBERS 16:3)
Thus, Moses might have cried over inside himself, that he sacrificed the life of the palace of Pharaoh for the sake of his people and his service.
Dear reader, the inside wars may be mightier and more difficult from the outside ones. Since, when Stan failed in fighting Christianity by persecution, he tried heresies which may be much more difficult.
The same way, the right hit that comes from inside our hearts, like our own sins and desires may have a much more profound impact in our souls than the left hit that comes from the errors of others toward us.
So, dear reader if you want really to succeed in your life and service with God, be careful from the love of appearance and posts and never look to others.
(And Moses said: “By this you shall know that the Lord has sent me to do all these works, for I have not done them of my own will. If these men die naturally like all men, or if they are visited by the common fate of all men, then the Lord has not sent me.) (NUMBERS 16:28-29)
(But if the Lord creates a new thing, and the earth opens its mouth and swallows them up with all that belongs to them, and they go down alive into the pit, then you will understand that these men have rejected the Lord.”) (NUMBERS 16:30)
What a horrible threat that Moses posed against Korah and those who are with him! but unfortunately, the arrogance of Korah and the others prevented them from repentance.
(Now it came to pass, as he finished speaking all these words, that the ground spilt apart under them, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, with their households and all the men, with Korah, with all their goods.) (NUMBERS 16:31-32)
What a terrified scene! that what Moses said has been happened at the same moment he finished his word. So, that was the reaction of God for those who greed in what they are unworthy for.
(On the next day all the congregation of the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron saying: “You have killed the people of the Lord.”) (NUMBERS 16:41)
So, this time the people grumbled not for food nor water nor for a fear of war, but for killing Korah and those with him, forgetting that it is from God not Moses.
(So, Moses said to Aaron, “Take a censer and put fire in it from the altar, put incense on it, and take it quickly to the congregation and make atonement for them.” Then Aaron took it as Moses commanded.) (NUMBERS 16:46,47)
As Moses get used to do, he directed Aaron to go quickly and cense among the people to save the largest possible number of it.
(Now these who died in the plague were fourteen thousand seven hundred.) (NUMBERS 16:49)
Now, it appeared the great importance of Aaron’s priestly work that saved those he was censing near by.
The Budding of Aaron 's Rod
(So, Moses spoke to the children of Israel, and each of their leaders gave him a rod, and the rod of Aaron was among their rods. And behold, the rod of Aaron had sprouted and put forth buds, had produced blossoms and yielded ripe almonds.) (NUMBERS 17:6,8)
God wanted to assure the truth that choosing the priests come only from Him.
Tawfik, S. (2023). Moses’s great leadership. www.orthodox-beliefs.com
Source is THE HOLY BIBLE NKJV. Arabic New van Dyck text C. The Bible Society of Egypt. Fifth Edition Third print2019.ISBN 978-1-84364-188-9. Printed in China.
Reference: – Moses, the great in Prophets. For Father Priest Dawoud Lamie.