Exodus (Program #46) – The Defeat of Amalek
To be sure, the Old Testament book of Exodus gives us a complete picture of God’s full salvation, from the Passover, a full type of our redemption in Christ to the feeding of God’s people with the heavenly manna and satisfying them from the flowing water from the smitten rock. All of our genuine experiences of our Christian life are marvelously depicted. But the picture will not be complete without the experience of the victory of Christ against the enemy of God’s people. The battle is engaged on today’s program.
We have come to a point in Exodus that is very meaningful. We are about to see God’s people, the nation of Israel engage in battle for the first time since their exodus out of Egypt. Here are some excerpts of a few verses in chapter 17:8, 9, 10, 13 “Then Amalek came and fought with Israel in Rephidim. And Moses said to Joshua, Choose men for us, and go out; fight with Amalek…. So Joshua did as Moses had said to him and fought with Amalek…. And Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.” Some who has been following this life study closely may take issue with us in saying that this portion depict the first account of Israel fighting against the enemy. Because they surely had an encounter with the army of Pharaoh on the occasion of their exit out of Egypt. Why do we say that this is really their first battle?
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