• Pastor Bobby Johnston

A Pastor's hands get heavy in the battle.

Pastor Appreciation day October 2020. Bro. Nathan Trujillo Preaching. Bro. Fred Nitz, now with the Lord, on my right hand. Bro. Troy Nelson on my left. Bro. Neil Smith seated at the table.

Exodus 17:8-16 8 Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim.

9 And Moses said unto Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: to morrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in mine hand.

10 So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek: and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill.

11 And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.

12 But Moses' hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.

14 And the LORD said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.

15 And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovahnissi: {Jehovahnissi: that is, The LORD my banner}

16 For he said, Because the LORD hath sworn that the LORD will have war with Amalek from generation to generation. I would assume that most of us have heard a sermon from this text that made the application of holding the hands of your Pastor in the midst of battle. Some may argue that this application isn't very appropriate. Can we really compare any Pastor living today to a great prophet and leader like Moses? As a Pastor, I want to hesitate to make this comparison for myself. However, I do believe the comparison is appropriate. Let me illustrate my point. 1. Moses was a man with a sinful past. Just a couple of examples are: Murder (Exodus 2:11-15) Anger (Numbers 20:1-13 I doubt the average Pastor is guilty of murder, although it may cross his mind from time to time, but I know we can get angry.

Aren't you glad that God can use us in spite of our mistakes! 2. Moses was prepared by God Almighty for a purpose. We understand that Moses' name means "To Draw out." A careful Bible student should be able to see the connection with this name, and the purpose God had for Moses to draw His people from Egypt! Exodus chapter three records the account of God revealing Himself to Moses in a burning bush. When Moses hears God's plan, his immediate response was his inability. Exodus 3:11 And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt? In the fourth chapter, he furthers his excuse by saying that he was "slow of speech." Maybe this was true humility. Maybe it was simply fear of returning to Egypt. It's hard for us to judge his words to harshly. But God knew exactly what kind of man Moses was when he was chosen to be God's servant. I love the quote I recently heard which says, "When God put a calling on your life, He already factored in your stupidity!" 3. Moses' power and authority was not his own. Exodus 3: 7-12 7 And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows;

8 And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites.

9 Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them.

10 Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.

11 And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?

12 And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain. There are many other comparisons that can be made. Moses was responsible to "oversee" the Lord's people. A Pastor has the same responsibility. We may see a great difference between the days of Moses and the days of the New Testament Church. What has not changed is the Power of God Almighty, and His desire to work wonders through a man of flesh! Much like Moses, we simply must be obedient and trust the power of our Lord! Thankfully, we have this promise: Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

I am encouraged by the Scriptures record of Moses' failures. It gives me great comfort to know what God can do with me! In conclusion, I want to say how thankful I am for the "Aarons and Hurs" the Lord has given to me as a Pastor. The battle is gruesome! I get weary and discouraged so easily! But I am thankful for each member of the Body of Christ!

13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

14 For the body is not one member, but many.

15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?

16 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?

17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?

18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.

19 And if they were all one member, where were the body?

20 But now are they many members, yet but one body.

21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.

22 Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:

23 And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.

24 For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked:

25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.

26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.

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