As we continue through Blogging Through The Bible in 2020, we come to the end of another week’s worth of Bible reading. Today, we are going to look at Exodus 17. Exodus 17:12 says, “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, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.”
This is the first military conflict that Israel is involved in. Israel is fighting with a people group known as the Amalekites. Success for Israel came as Moses held his hands up. Anyone who has ever had to do that knows that you can do it for a while, but then it becomes impossible. God was showing Moses that the burden of leadership was too much for him. However, God is also showing Moses that He has placed other men around him who can help him carry that load. These men were a gift from God to bless Moses. This is something that unfortunately is being lost in our society today. We have become very individualistic, and it is hurting our society. Sadly, this individualistic mindset is also prevalent in the church, not just amongst leaders, but in the church as a whole. I would argue that this has had a crippling affect on the effectiveness of the church. The Bible is full of reminders that we need each other. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; but how can one be warm alone? Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” Then there is Amos 3:3 which says, “Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?” Finally, there in Galatians 6:2 which says, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” There are many others, but hopefully this will help us to see that there is no such thing as a lone Christian. The downfall of many church leaders is the Lone Ranger Syndrome. They try to do all the work themselves, or they refuse to let others get close to them, and the end result is moral compromise. Again, it’s not just in leadership, there are many in the pews who have this same prideful disease, and it is stunting their growth. God has placed people around you as a blessing for you, and as a reminder that He is with you. Don’t forsake your blessings from God, instead thank Him for them, and utilize them. We are stronger together!
By His grace and for His glory,