2 Therefore the people quarreled with Moses and said, “Give us water that we may drink.” And Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the Lord?”
The people quarreled/grumbled A again. They actually test the Lord in response to His test of them. The Lord instructed Moses to strike the rock and water will come out. Moses obeyed and there was water vv.3-7.
Vv.8-14 the Amalek came and fought against Israel. This was the first time Israel had been challenged in battle. The men of Israel prevailed against Amalek with the help of God and the perseverance of Joshua, Moses, Aaron and Hur. Joshua led the army, Moses held his staff up and when Moses arms tired Aaron and Hur supported them. After the victory “Moses built an altar and named it The Lord is my Banner;” [Jehovah-Nissi B]
A banner is something that identifies and unifies a group of people. For example, a military flag or standard is sometimes called a banner. A banner also serves as a rallying point for troops in a battle. The altar Moses built marked the place where God intervened on behalf of His people and “The Lord is my Banner,” was a way of identifying Israelites as the unified followers of the Lord as a standard for the future.
We are to fight the good fight of faith, and to be faithful soldiers and servants of the Lord Jesus, for He is the “Captain of our salvation” C. Under His Banner we shall be victorious, for we have no strength of our own.
My daily question–do I fight the daily spiritual battles I encounter with my strength or under the Banner of my Savior?
Henry Luke 10/8/2017
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