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The Message This Sunday Is To Pray for Protection – God Protects Israel from the Amalekites

In the Old Testament is a story about the Amalekites who attacked Israel and were eventually totally destroyed. 

According to Christian scholars:

Amalek represents both a nation and a nomadic tribe, considered the foremost adversary of ancient Israel. The Amalekites are depicted as having assaulted the Israelites during their escape from Egypt, as recorded in Exodus. Although the Israelites emerged victorious in this conflict, a divine curse was subsequently imposed on Amalek’s descendants…

…To know the origin of the Amalekites, we must first understand their father, Amalek. And to do that… we must understand his father, Esau. Esau was a twin of, who tricked Esau out of his birthright and blessing—he’d rightfully earned as the oldest son…

…Amalek is Esau’s grandson and doesn’t come to Esau through a natural marriage. Esau’s son, instead, sleeps with a concubine, and she gives birth to him. The Amalekites mentioned throughout Scripture are his descendants.

Scripture doesn’t tell us much about the person of Amalek himself. But we know that the Amalekites lived in the desert Negev—an area we know today as Palestine. They would’ve been a nomadic people. Scripture tells us they had a king, so they would’ve operated under a monarchy as many tribes and nations did during that period…

In the Bible, Amalek represents both a nation and a nomadic tribe, considered the foremost adversary of ancient Israel. The Amalekites are depicted as having assaulted the Israelites during their escape from Egypt, as recorded in Exodus. Although the Israelites emerged victorious in this conflict, a divine curse was subsequently imposed on Amalek’s descendants.

Exodus 17 tells us that while the Israelites wandered the desert, the Amalekites attacked them unprovoked. Israel avoided enemy territory as they wandered, so this would’ve been an uncalled-for attack.

Joshua returns the attack and overcomes their army the next day.

However, God hasn’t finished with the Amalekites. He tells Moses that he will blot out the name of the Amalekites forever. Hence, this is probably why we can find so little archaeological evidence about them. We have little or nothing to find.

After Israel departed Egypt, Israel engaged in a battle with this ancient people and eventually won the battle.

In Exodus 17 it is writtern:

11 As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. 12 When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. 13 So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.

14 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write this on a scroll as something to be remembered and make sure that Joshua hears it, because I will completely blot out the name of Amalek from under heaven.”

Eventually what happens to the Amalekites is that they are decimated by David after they had stolen two of his wives.

Yesterday, Israel was attacked by Iran.

Iran on Saturday night launched a large wave of around 300 attack drones and missiles from its territory toward the Jewish state, in the first-ever direct attack on Israel by the Islamic Republic, triggering air raid sirens throughout the country early Sunday as the military worked to intercept the Iranian projectiles.

IDF Spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari shared:

Hagari said that in total, Iran launched more than 300 projectiles at Israel, comprising 170 drones, 30 cruise missiles, and 120 ballistic missiles, and that 99% of them had been intercepted by air defenses.

“This is a very significant strategic achievement,” he said in a morning press statement.

What is next?  Are these biblical times?  This Sunday pray for protection.

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