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our journey that the flesh was already   bondage through the Red Sea, given them
        active. We found ourselves questioning   a song, and provided for their journey. On
        why, if we were saved, such thoughts and   the top of the hill he bore the rod of God.
        desires arose in our minds. We realized   If they were going to prevail, they needed
        that there was no “honeymoon period,”   the man on the hill with the power of God.
        so to speak; the battle with the flesh was   We look to a much higher hill, heaven itself,
        quickly encountered and would be a   and see One who is our Great High Priest,
        lifelong struggle.                   “now to appear in the presence of God for
        The Scene of the Attack              us” (Heb 9:24).
          After Egypt and the Red Sea, they   The Man in the Valley – Joshua
        eventually entered the wilderness of Shur,
        reaching Rephidim (which means “resting   Joshua was sent by Moses to lead the
        places”). They might have expected a time   battle and break the power of Amalek. The
        of rest and calm after the recent events;   Lord spoke of the Holy Spirit, “whom I will
        having escaped from Pharaoh, they    send unto you from the Father” (Joh 15:26).
        were  likely  not  expecting  any  trouble,   Both Moses and Joshua were needed for
        particularly another attack. We delight in   the victory over Amalek – Moses with the
        the rest spoken of in Matthew 11:28, but   rod and Joshua with the sword. So, too, we
        we should still expect the attack of the   need the risen Lord in glory and the Holy
        flesh, no matter how calm and tranquil our   Spirit dwelling within as the resources that
        situation may be.                    will enable us to endure the conflict and
        The Strategy of the Attack           have victory over the flesh. Moses’ hands
          Amalek’s attack was a cruel strategy.   were steady until the going down of the
        Moses, forty years later, reminded Israel   sun. Until the sun goes down and we enter
        of what Amalek had done when they came   into glory, there will always be the Man
        out of Egypt: “He met thee by the way, and   with upraised hands on the Hill for us.
        smote the hindmost of thee, even all that  The Sequels to the Attack
        were feeble behind thee, when thou wast   Moses said, “The Lord will have war with
        faint and weary” (Deu 25:17-18). So, too, is   Amalek from generation to generation”
        the flesh, striking from an unseen direction   (Exo 17:16), and afterwards God warned
        where we are most vulnerable and weak.   them not to forget what Amalek had
        The Subduing of the Attack           done (Deu 25:17). Later, King Saul failed
          Amalek had to be fought and conquered;   to defeat Amalek (Agag), and it ended
        not to do so would mean failure and loss.   his kingdom; his life was claimed by an
        For us, the flesh will have to be fought,   Amalekite (2Sa 1:8-10). Years later, in the
        but it is encouraging to see that Israel did   book of Esther, the old foe was still present
        not battle alone. There were resources that   in Haman the Agagite.
        were available to them:                Our life should be one of endurance,
        The Man on the Top of the Hill – Moses  not of continual defeat by the flesh. May
          It is precious to see that the man on   we look up and see our Great High Priest
        the top of the hill, overseeing them in the   and Advocate, remembering that within
        valley, went through the wilderness before   us is the Holy Spirit, the resident power
        them. He also had brought them out of   to overcome the flesh.

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