By Bryan Ruby
The throw-down had begun with the Amalekites’ attack on the Israelites. Moses told Joshua, “Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.” (Exodus 17:8-16)
As the battle raged on, Moses, Aaron, and Hur, climbed to the top of the hill. Moses lifted God’s staff tight in his grip. Did God show up? Only when Moses’ hands were lifted.
When his strength was at its end, Aaron and Hur jumped into action. They each took an arm and held it up—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. And victory came to Joshua and the people of God. What a picture of Ecclesiastes 4:12 and a cord of three strands being almost unbreakable.
Calling all Aaron and Hurs to stand with our ministry team. Here are three ways we can show support and keep their hands lifted.
PRAYER: It’s not likely that Aaron and Hur were dreaming about their evening dinner of roasted quail under-glass with lightly-smoked manna while bracing up their leader’s arms. Bet they were imploring the God of heaven to move and use Moses to bring the people victory on the battlefield. Paul often asked the new testament church to pray for him and those ministering the gospel for strength and guidance. (Ephesians 6:19, Hebrews 13:18, I Thessalonians 5:25)
ENCOURAGEMENT: In between prayers, Aaron was probably chanting, “Come on Moses, you got this—keep it up—God is for us . . .” Maybe Hur’s encouragement to Moses came by standing side-by-side and trash-talking Satan’s attempt to bring defeat. “Hey Amalekite, your mama wears chariot sandals!”
Let’s encourage our leaders by what comes out of our mouths. Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. (Proverbs 16:24)
SUBMISSION: What if Aaron decided that Moses had got it all wrong and didn’t show up to support him on that hill—defeat, death, imprisonment? To assure victory, we must stand together. Obey your leaders, and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you. (Hebrews 13:17)
Bethel brothers and sisters, we’ve been blessed with godly elders and a ministry staff of men and women who have devoted themselves to our three campuses. As they stand on the front lines of service during this third month of COVID-19, let’s pray, encourage, and submit to their leadership as we face the future together.