Standing together in prayer leads to victory (Beshalach)

This week’s Torah portion has several miracles in it. The Lord parted the Red Sea, bitter water turned sweet, quails and manna fell from heaven and water came forth from a rock. It is really amazing to see how the Lord provided for his people during their time in the desert. He is truly faithful.

At the end of this week’s portion, we read how the Amalekites were defeated after they attacked the Israelites. Moses sent out Joshua with some of his men to fight while Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. Moses lifted up his hands and as long as his hand were up the Israelites were winning. But when Moses lowered his hands the Amalekites were winning. The fight was long and Moses hands grew tired. Aaron and Hur brought a stone, so Moses could sit down. Aaron stood on one side and Hur stood on the other side. Together the held up the hands of Moses until sunset and Joshua defeated the Amalekites.

To me the picture of Moses getting help from Aaron & Hur is what stands out in this week’s portion. It is teamwork, helping each other out, Moses couldn’t do what he did without help. There wouldn’t have been victory without the three of them working together.

It took humility from Moses to accept help. The only way he could do what needed to be done was with the support from his brother and friend.
And it took willingness from Aaron & Hur. Holding up Moses hands till sunset was not an easy task. But they did so anyways. And helped secure the victory.

Joshua was a strong & brave warrior but he could not succeed in his own strength. He needed Moses to lift up his hands to the heavens. And when Moses wasn’t strong enough, he needed the help from Aaron & Hur.

This story reminds me of what the apostle Paul wrote to the believers in Corinth. In his first letter to them, in chapter 12 he explains how just like a human body, the Body of Christ is made up of many parts. It doesn’t matter if we are Jewish or not, we are one by the Holy Spirit. And the Lord God Himself has put the Body together.

If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is part of it. I Corinthians 12:26+27

The same teamwork that was needed to defeat the Amalekites is what is needed between brothers & sisters in the Lord. We can not be victorious on our own. We need each other.We need to be willing to ask for help and we need to be willing to help others. And above all, we need to remember that we need the Lord in heaven if we want to overcome.

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