Exodus 17: Being There For Each Other

As I read through Chapter 17 of the book of Exodus, what stood out to me from a life perspective were verses 8 – 16 that described the battle the Israelites had with the tribe of Amalek. Specifically, the words written in verses 11 & 12 where the writer states “So it came about when Moses held his hand up, the Israelites prevailed and when he let his hand down, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands were heavy. Then they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it and Aaron & Hur supported his hands, one on one side and one on the other. Thus his hands were steady until the sun set”. The result of this was that Joshua was able to overwhelm Amalek and his people.

This passage speaks so much to the whole concept of small groups and having people in our lives that can act as “Aaron & Hur” being there for us and allowing us to be “steady” as we go through the ups and downs of everyday living. I know in my life, I have always found it beneficial to have people that I can go to and discuss the issues that I face. It can be family members, co-workers and people that I would do community with.  They can be there to listen, provide guidance as well as hold me accountable. My prayer would be that we would all have those people in our lives that would “be there for each other.”

— Eric

Application Questions

Do you have an “Aaron and/or Hur” in your life that you can discuss the “deep” things you may be dealing with?

Are you experiencing the benefits of being in a small group?