Exodus 17

Exodus 17:9-16 (VOICE)

Moses called for a young leader named Joshua.

Moses (to Joshua): Select some of our best men, and go fight against the soldiers of Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand at the crest of that hill overlooking the battlefield with God’s staff in my hand.

Joshua did exactly as Moses had instructed him to do. He gathered the strongest men he could find and fought against the soldiers of Amalek. Meanwhile, Moses, Aaron, and Hur climbed to the top of the hill.

It happened that whenever Moses raised his hand, the battle went well for Israel; but whenever he lowered his hand to rest, Amalek began to win. When Moses became too tired to hold his hands up any longer, Aaron and Hur took a stone and sat him down on it. Then both men stood beside Moses, one on each side, holding his hands up and keeping them steady until sunset. In the end, Joshua and the men of Israel defeated Amalek and his soldiers with the sword.

Eternal One (to Moses): Write down what I say on a scroll as a memorial record of these events, and read it aloud so Joshua can hear: “I will erase all traces of the memory of Amalek from under heaven.”

Then Moses constructed an altar and called it, “The Eternal Is My Battle Flag.”

Moses: Because Amalek raised a defiant hand against the throne of the Eternal, He has promised to wage war against Amalek through future generations.

Our Father in heaven,
You are a God of majesty without measure. You are enthroned on the praises of Your people. We bless You and exalt Your holy name.
You are our judge. You are our lawgiver. You are our king. You will save us. We declare Your holy name over the three branches of Mississippi’s state government: judicial, legislative, and executive. We declare Your holy name over Governor Phil Bryant and his wife.
We decree that idols will be left behind, even those made of silver and gold! We cast them down. No more spiritual blindness! Open the eyes of our hearts in Mississippi, and let the light of Your truth flood in. Shine Your light on the hope You are calling us to embrace. Reveal to us the glorious riches You are preparing as our inheritance.
We rebuke the spirit of Amalek! No lawless defiance against You! We say to Amalek, You shall take Your hands off the throne of the Eternal. We loose the praise of the people in Mississippi.
Mississippi shall step into the identity that You, Father, have prepared for her. Mississippi shall be a state of praise. The memory of Amalek will be erased in our state. Amen.
Psalm 22:3, Isaiah 33:22, 2:20, Ephesians 1:18

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