Exodus 17

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Exodus 17:1-7

WHEN TIMES ARE TOUGH

 

There was no drinking water in the wilderness. Times were tough.  When times are tough:

 

COMPLAINING IS EASY – Vss. 1-3

PRAYER IS ESSENTIAL – Vs. 4

GOD IS EXPRESSIVE – Vss. 5-7

 

 

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Exodus 17:1-7

WATER SHORTAGE

 

PROBLEM - Vs. 1

The children had no water.

 

PROTEST - Vss. 2-3

The Children of Israel did what they did best. They complained!

 

PRAYER - Vs.4

Moses cried to God for help.

 

PROVISION - Vss. 5-7

God answered prayer and provided water from the rock.

 

 

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Exodus 17:8-16

MOSES THE INTERCESSOR

 

Joshua and the armies of Israel went to battle. Moses went to a mountain to pray.

While God's children fight Spiritual wars in this life. Prayer support is needed.

As the battle raged, Moses had:

 

HIGH HANDS - Vs. 11 - Moses held up his hands and Israel prevailed.

 

HEAVY HANDS - Vss 11-12 - When Moses' hands got heavy and started to drop, the enemy started to prevail.

 

HELPFUL HANDS - Vs. 13 - Moses was helped by Aaron and Hur. They held up his hands.

 

The end result was victory for Israel. - Vss. 13-16

 

We think of the pastor as a man of prayer. He is helped by those that hold up his hands, taking on some of his responsibilities so he has time to pray.

 

 

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Exodus 17:9-16

INTERVENTION!

 

CHOICE ARMY – Vs. 9

CONSECRATED APPEAL – Vss. 9-11

COMMITTED ASSISTANCE – Vs. 12

COMPLETED ASSIGNMENT – Vss. 13-16

 

 

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Exodus 17:9-18

PRAYER LESSONS

 

We all need to learn more about prayer.  I feel that Moses holding up the rod of God is symbolic for our prayer lives today. Notice these lessons:

 

THE PURPOSE FOR PRAYER - Vs. 9a - Someone is out there fighting.

In this case it was Joshua and the children of Israel.

There are unsaved fighting for life whether they know it of not. They need our prayers.

There are Christians who are in difficult situations who need our prayers. Hebrews 13:3

 

THE PROMISE OF PRAYER - Vs. 9b - Those fighting are encouraged when they know others are praying for them.

The Apostle Paul was constantly telling others that he was praying for them. Ephesians 1:15-15, Philippians 1:2-4, 1 Thessalonians 1:2

 

PERSISTENCE IN PRAYER - Vss. 10 - The results of the battle are in direct relation to the faithfulness of prayer.  Luke 11:5-10, Luke 18:1-8

 

THE POWER OF PRAYER - Vss. 13-16 - Joshua experienced victory.

Others will experience victory as we pray for them! Ephesians 6:18

 

 

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Exodus 17:11

HANDS UP!

 

Read Exodus 17:8-13

In the Scriptures there were times when, if a person lifted up their hands, they were praying. Psalm 28:W, Psalm 63:3-4, 1 Timothy 2:8

 

Now, you don't need to literally stick up your hands in prayer in order to be heard, but you need to pray in order to be heard. In the Scriptures we find a story about Moses and the Children of Israel. They had left Egypt and were headed to the Promised Land, when an enemy, Amalek, or the Amalekites, came to attack Israel.

 

Moses instructed Joshua to form an army and to go fight Amaleck.  For his part, Moses would stand on a hill above the battlefield and hold up the rod of God.  This was the same rod that was used in the parting of the Red Sea.

 

So Joshua chose his army and went out to battle.  Moses and two assistants, his brother Aaron and a man named Hur, went up to the hill. When Moses held his hands up Israel would begin to win the battle.  But when Moses allowed his hands to fall out of weariness, Amaleck, the enemy would begin to win the Battle. Eventually, Aaron and Hur helped Moses by holding his hands up.  The end result was that Joshua and his army had a great victory.

 

I would like you to think in terms of Moses' lifted hands as a picture of prayer.  And thinking this way, we can learn some important things about intercessory prayer.

 

PRAYER IS PROPER

 

If we think of Moses as praying when he had his hands raised, Moses was certainly doing the right or proper thing.

 

He was asking God for help.

He was depending on God for help.

He was interceding in behalf of others who were fighting the Lord's battles.

 

·        MOSES WAS ASKING GOD FOR HELP

 

Makes sense doesn't it?

If God is stronger than we are, and He is…

If God is wiser than we are, and He is…

Then we should forget our pride of trying to solve our own problems and give the problems them to Him! Jeremiah 33:3, Matthew 7:7-8

 

·        MOSES WAS DEPENDING ON GOD

 

Prayer is not only the most effective thing you can do, sometimes it's about the only thing you can do.

 

Psalm 121:1-2 - I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. [2] My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.

 

 The Psalmist realized that his help did not come from the hills where there was idol worship.  He realized that He was dependent on the help of the very God who made Heaven and Earth!  

 

·        MOSES WAS INTERCEDING IN BEHALF OF OTHERS WHO WERE FIGHTING THE LORD'S BATTLES.

 

All over the world missionaries and pastors are fighting the Lord's battles (Give examples that your church will be familiar with.) Ephesians 6:18

 

PRAYER TAKES PERSISTENCE

Moses had to keep his hands up.  That would imply that we need to persistently pray.

As long as Moses kept his hands up, Israel prevailed.

When he let his hands down, the enemy would prevail.   

 

1 Thessalonians 5:17 says very simply, Pray without ceasing.

 

As you read the letters of the Apostle Paul you will discover a man who was continually praying for Christians everywhere. Not only was this man a great evangelist, theologian, missionary, pastor, and writer of Scripture, but he was a man of persistent prayer!  

 

If you want to know how to pray for others in the church family, look at the prayers Paul prayed for other Christians in Ephesians 1:15-23, 3:14-21, Philippians 1:9-11, and Colossians 1:9-11.

 

Jesus was told a parable about a woman who was not receiving justice from an unrighteous judge. What did the woman do? She bugged him until the judge got weary of the continual pressure and granted her justice.  God of course is not like the unjust judge and will gladly hear and answer His children.

 

Luke 18:1 tells us what the point of the parable about this persistent woman is, And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;

  

PRAYER IS A PARTNERSHIP

 

Vs. 12 - Moses' hands got heavy. So what did Aaron and Hur do? They held up Moses' hands.  You can say that they assisted in the prayer battle.

 

Are missionaries supposed to pray? Of course they are!

Are pastors supposed to pray? Of course they are!

Do missionaries get weary? Of course they do!

Do pastors get weary? Of course they do!

 

You can help by getting under and helping with your own outreached prayers to Heaven.

The missionary should not carry the whole prayer load.

The pastor should not carry the whole prayer load.

 

A couple of years ago our missionary to Papua New Guinea, Matt Hall, and his partner started teaching the Bible with a view towards laying a groundwork so they could present the Gospel to the tribal people with whom they were working.

 

Before that, people in our church and other churches were asked to pray for specific tribe members by name.  We were holding up Matt's hands by praying for the salvation of these people. The end result was that many of the people that were prayed for by our church people came to a saving knowledge of Christ.

 

Is it worth it to sacrifice time and energy in prayer for the missionaries, the church people, and the pastors you know? Is it worth it to be a prayer partner for others?

 

If one soul is saved, it's worth it.

If one Christian is protected from Satan's onslaught, it's worth it.

If one believer grows in Christ and becomes a stronger Christian, it's worth it!

If only one person were helped by our prayers, it's worth it.

 

PRAYER IS POWERFUL

 

Exodus 17:13 - And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.

 

With the help of Aaron and Hur Moses kept his hands up.

His prayer was proper and persistent, and a partnership.

His prayer was also powerful.  The enemy was defeated.   

 

Matthew 7:9-11- We have a reasonably good idea of how to properly answer the requests of our children. We also desire to answer the reasonable requests of our children. How much more does God know how to answer our requests! And how much more does God want to answer our requests!   

 

John 14:12-14 - Jesus tells us that we are going to accomplish great things!

He also tells us that these great things will be accomplished in answer to prayer.

When something is asked in Jesus' name, according to His pleasure, the prayer request will be answered so that God will be glorified through the Lord Jesus.

 

Beloved, it's time to get our hands up!

It is time to pray.

 

 

 

 

 

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