Exodus 17:14

“Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Write this for a memorial in the book and recount (rehearse) it in the hearing of Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven’”.

I believe the Lord had about three specific reasons for sending this message to Joshua, through His servant Moses:

Firstly, He wanted Joshua to know that He alone was the One who gave Israel victory over the Amalekites. As a rookie in the affairs of warfare and strategic leadership, he (Joshua) had to put his total trust and absolute dependence on God.

Secondly, God wanted Joshua to know that Moses had a significant role to play in his life, particularly, in the fulfilment of his destiny.

Thirdly, God was trying to reveal to Joshua that he would be instrumental in the fulfilment of God’s purpose for Israel in the future.

After the victory against the Amalekites, Joshua simply went back into his closet and continued serving God and his master, quietly, diligently and with absolute loyalty. At this time, he had started developing capacity for warfare and leadership, yet he humbled himself under the mighty hand of God (1 Peter 5:6). 

Beyond reasonable doubts, God was preparing him for greater responsibilities ahead.
Your sense of responsibility determines your true worth as a leader.
Only those who subject themselves to authority make meaningful use of positions of authority.

In Exodus 24:9-14, Moses, Aaron, the sons of Aaron and the seventy elders and Joshua went to the mountain. There, they saw the manifestation of God’s presence, ate and drank… When it was time to go higher, Moses took Joshua and said to the rest of the people, ‘Wait here for us until we come back to you…’

God was definitely teaching Joshua something new here: 

There comes a time in life, when kingdom responsibility and lifestyle places upon you, a demand to rise beyond the status quo, to move ahead of your generation…
At this point, you become totally sold out to prayer and the ministry of the Word (Acts 6:4) and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit (2 Cor. 13:14).

Furthermore, Joshua’s reaction to the noise that came from the camp in Exodus 32:17, prove his lack of experience in spiritual and administrative matters. As a result of his previous experience of warfare, he seemed to be wired up for ‘battles’. But Moses, with spiritual insight and expertise, quickly corrected him. However, Joshua was willing to learn and he possessed a teachable spirit (Prov. 1:5; 9:9).

We need to sit under the teaching and mentorship of men who have been groomed (or are being groomed) by the Spirit of God.

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                                                PASTOR NATHANIEL SADELA 
                                                       Resident  Pastor

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