Day seventeen: Exodus 17

Have you ever done that exercise where you hold weight in your hands and you hold your arms out and see how long you can do it? If you have, then you can probably feel the pain of the memory. If you haven’t… don’t – your arms will burn.

Moses gets a bit of a workout in today’s chapter. Let’s focus on a key bit, verses 10-13:

So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. 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. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.”

There’s something so incredible here – not just in the deliverance to victory but in how Aaron and Hur took some of their strength and gave it to Moses. They sacrificed their comfort. They sacrificed their energy. They sacrificed their time. All to support a friend and brother in need.

In Moses’ weakness, the people either side of him help him up. I hate culture that insists you have to put other people down to be the best. These verses capture what I want to – what we need to – cultivate. To be someone who holds up others – who encourages, builds up, champions people despite the world saying we need to put people down to be successful.

Come and see what God has done.


Question for today: Who are your Aaron and Hur? How can you support your core people?