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Ex 17:8-13

Who Will give the Pastor a Hand?

Pastor Stokes

Often times in the church setting there are some, not all, who believes the Pastor is suppose to do everything. They want him to teach, preach, sing, cook, visit the sick, visit the incarcerated, run the men’s ministry, run the women’s ministry, run the missionaries ministry, run all the ministries in the church, and then cannot understand when his spouse comes to church upset, and some wonder what has the Pastor done. Absolutely nothing, because he is trying to do everything in the church. And home is being neglected, there is a very delicate balance that must be maintained in the ministry.

As a matter of fact if you want to know what the Pastor’s job is just look at Ephesians Eph 4:11-12

11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

My brothers and sisters as we examine the text we see that the children of Israel have just been refreshed by the water from the rock. And as soon as it seemed like it was smooth sailing trouble arises. Has that ever happened to you everything is going just fine? Or you just came out of a storm and you see the breaking of day and then all of a sudden it seems like the whole bottom falls out. Storm clouds come out of nowhere. And storms can be unpredictable what starts out as a spring shower can turn into a major flood. What seems like a few flurries can turn into a snowstorm and escalate into a major snowstorm. And you never know how long a storm will last.

And I don’t’ care who you are and how much money you have in the bank how much you don’’ have, if you pay your bills if you don’t pay your bills, trouble will come your way. The Bible says that a man born of a woman is of a few days and full of trouble. Not all of trouble, but there is trouble. Jesus said in the world you shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer I have overcome the world. Not Buddha, not Elijah Muhammad, not Dionne Warwick and the Pschye network. But Jesus the Christ, the living God, bridge of trouble waters, shelter in a mighty storm,

As the children of Israel were refreshing themselves Amalekites came and fought with them in Rephidim. Have you ever known someone who is not happy unless there was some type of mess going on? They criticize everything. One time there were two saints standing in the sanctuary talking before morning service and another saint went past them in a huff and one of the saints said to the other where is he going and the other said to a storm. The other amazed at the foresight of the other said how do you know that. And the other said if there is not a storm once he gets where he’s going he will start one. Some people like to carry their storms with them. They just love conflict they start mess.

Moses tells Joshua choose us out men and go out and fight with the Amalekites. And it is here that we see the introduction of Joshua. And notice with me the Bible does not record any arguments about who was going to do the job. Not saying that there was probably not some jealously, but I believe it is not recorded, because it is not profitable.


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