Summary: A sermon examining the importance of those who work "behind the scenes" in ministry.
We Need Some Men Like Hur
Perhaps you have heard about the man who was out farming one afternoon. A pilot had been hired by Pepsi-Cola to do some skywriting with his plane. All of the letters had faded except for the P & C. A farmer was out plowing his field and looked up and saw that huge P C in the clouds. He thought that it was a message from the Lord and that he was being called to "PREACH CHRIST!" He immediately left his plow, left the farm, and he went out and preached his very first sermon. As he was preaching, he told that story about the vision he saw in the clouds with those two letters that told him to “preach Christ.” After the sermon, an old farmer, who was less than impressed with the young man’s speaking abilities, walked up to him and said, “Son, did you stop to think that the ‘P.C.’ you saw in the clouds meant ‘plant corn’!”
The Bible makes it clear that we all have different gifts. 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 says - "Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone"
Some gifts are more "visible" or more noticed by others. But this does not mean that one is more important that the next. Some need to be faithful to preach Christ, others need to be faithful in planting corn! Not everyone can preach like Adrian Rogers. Not everyone can sing like David Phelps. Not everyone will reach the masses like Billy Graham. But each of us have a job to do! Let us be content to serve God wherever He’s called and equipped us to serve. The Psalmist said in - Psalms 84:10 I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
In the church and in ministry as a whole, there are some positions that may "seem" less important than others. Trust me, that is not the case. While it is true that some positions are more visible than others, all servants of God are equally important. Without those who work behind the scenes, those who are out front would be in trouble.
As we arrive at our selected text Israel is journeying to the promised land. On this journey they are attacked by the Amalekites. - v8 ¶Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim. 9 And Moses said unto Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: to morrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in mine hand. 10 So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek: and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill.
Moses prepares to respond to this unprovoked assault And in these verses we hear some names that are very familiar to us. There is the leader Moses. There is the warrior Joshua. There is the high priest Aaron. But there is a name that may cause some to scratch their head and say ...WHO? As Moses and Aaron ascended the hill along with them went a man named Hur. We know very little about this man. Though his biography is not chronicled on the pages of the Word of God, his story is no less important. In fact, we can learn a great deal from what we do know of this man.
During this battle Moses lifted his hands and his staff up from the top of that hill. While his hands were raised, Israel prevailed. When his hands fell down, Amalek gained the upper hand. After some time, Moses' hands became weary. So much so that he could no longer hold them up. That is when Aaron & Hur came beside Moses and held his hands up until the victory was won.
I would like to examine this event a little closer and preach on the thought "We Need Some Men Like Hur". In the church today: We need some people who are willing to stand and support others. We need some people who are willing to perform those duties that have little to no recognition. We need some people who will continue to serve when there is no glory, no attention and seemingly no appreciation for their efforts.
Let me go ahead and say that others may fail to notice or acknowledge your efforts. But God sees all that you do in His name! And that is all that really matters. In fact, if you are serving to get recognition from man, you have the wrong motivation in the first place. Remember what Jesus said concerning this - Matthew 6:2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: 4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.