December 23rd

Remember What Amalek Did

Deuteronomy 25:17 Remember what Amalek did unto thee by the way, when ye were come forth out of Egypt;
Deuteronomy 25:18 How he met thee by the way, and smote the hindmost of thee, even all that were feeble behind thee, when thou wast faint and weary; and he feared not God.

The Amalekites

This passage is referring to the Amalekites, the descendants of Amalek, who attacked Israel as Israel journeyed through the wilderness on their way to the land God had promised them. The strategy of Amalek was to attack the weakest of the people, who were in the hindermost part of the camp. And for this, the LORD swore to utterly destroy Amalek from the face of the earth.

The Enemy’s Strategy

The strategy used by Amalek is not much different from the strategy of our enemy today, the devil, Satan himself. He would much rather attack one who is weak and feeble in the faith, than to face one who is strong and mature in the things of God.

The enemy will tend to go after new Christians and “back-row” Christians more often than those who have been around for a while. The Bible says that we are not ignorant of his devices, or strategies, but it takes a while to get some understanding of these things, and to be able to make a strong stand against the enemy.

The Place of Safety

For this reason, it is good to get into the midst of the Church, near the heartbeat of what God is doing, rather than staying on the outskirts, or on the outer edges of the congregation, as more of a spectator than a participant.

Someone once said, "I don't like getting too close to the fire. I'll just sit on the back row." For those who are afraid of the fire, it would be well to remember that Amalek smote the hindermost part of the camp.

Make the decision today to be a serious follower of God. Don’t let yourself become a back-row spectator in the congregation, but make the effort to become a part of what God is doing. The LORD has a place for each of us in His body, the Church. Give yourself to it, and let Him bring you into yours.

Ephesians 4:7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.