Summary: (PowerPoint slides freely available by emailing Emile@Wolfaardt.com) Positioning ourselves where God can powerfully revive our hearts.
Revive Us - Part 6
Revive Us as Our Banner
Psalm Exodus 17:8-16
There is nothing more important for you to be doing in the next 45 minutes than to give you full and undivided attention to what you are going to hear. The message this morning is exactly what you need to hear to secure victory in the fight you are involved in. It does not matter if your fight is financial or relational, emotional or physical you need to hear this.
Whatever your circumstances - the name of God we are going to look at this morning is one of the most powerful and life transforming names of God. As a matter of fact Satan will do anything in his power to stop you from receiving what God has for you this morning. This is one of those names of God that you cannot afford to not know.
Our series title is our theme for this year - ‘Revive Us’.
Psalm 9:10 "They that know Your name will put their trust in You."
Proverbs 18:10 "The name of the LORD is a strong tower. The righteous runs in to it and is safe."
Psalm 20:7 "Some boast in chariots, and some in horses; but we will boast in the name of the Lord, our God."
We are studying the names of God because we have learned that your walk with God will rise no higher than your knowledge of God.
it emanates from His person
it embodies a principle
it emphasizes a pattern
it embraces a problem
it empowers a performance
So far we have explored together at Yahweh Ra’ah - The Lord is Our Shepherd, Yahweh Tsid-Kenu - The Lord is Our Righteousness, Yahweh Jireh - The Lord is Our Provider and Yahweh Rapha - The Lord is our Healer.
This morning I want to explore with you Yahweh Nissi - The Lord is Our Banner.
Israel had been miraculously led out of Egypt and they were now in the wilderness. The world had stood in wide-mouthed wonder at the way God had delivered them from the hand of Pharaoh. Honey wafers had just fallen out of the sky, the food of heaven that God called ‘Manna.’ The children of Israel had observed the Sabbath. Their spirits are high, the devotion deep and their faith was primed. Let’s pick up that account as we find it in Exodus 17 and verse 6. While you are turning there - may I remind you that what we are going to read about is Israel’s first battle that they fought since they came out of Egypt. It is a critical battle and full if life lessons.
Just a few weeks prior to this they had discovered Yahweh Rapha, the God Who Heals - Who alone has the remedy for the sins of mankind, the comfort for man’s sorrows and the solution to man’s sufferings. They are about to encounter that God in a whole new way. When they discovered Yahweh Rapha was wild and exciting - but what they were about to discover would blow their minds.
Exodus 17:6-18 - Read - Pray.
1. Understanding Who Amalek Was?
Who is Amalek? Genesis (36:12) tells us that Amalek was the grandson of Esau. Who was Esau? Esau means ‘hairy’. By the way, this week I heard something interesting. Do you know what the difference between Big Foot and the average bachelor is? One is hairy, scary, dirty and messy . . . and the other has got big feet. Esau was Jacob’s brother - now watch this - it is important. Esau sold his birthright for a pot of lentils to his brother Jacob - and then lost his inheritance to Jacob. As a result of that Esau hated Jacob and vowed to kill him. Two character traits that are significant for us this morning -
- Esau did not value his birthright and inheritance.
- Esau hated Jacob and his descendants, the Israelite.
Now Esau passed that on to Eliphaz, his son, who passed that on to Amalek - his son and Esau’s grandson. Make a note of this - do you remember why Esau gave up his inheritance and his birthright? That’s right! For food - to satisfy, basic, immediate physical needs. He had a son and named him Eliphaz. Do you know what Eliphaz means? It means ‘My god is fine gold’. That’s right - he got that physical thing from his daddy.
2. The Spirit of Amalek
Let me tell you about the spirit of Amalek that vexes much of our western society and many in the church today. One of the most significant strategies of the enemy has been the attack on our Judeo-Christian heritage. It heated up in the 1960s, when a counter-cultural wave of rebellion surged through this nation and it continues to this day, attempting to undermine and remove from our culture every vestige of our Judeo-Christian heritage. History books have been rewritten, holidays renamed, school programs redesigned, morality redefined and God’s name removed from our public places. Some call it political correctness, others, pluralism or the separation of church and state, but God calls it the spirit of Amalek.