Cooperation, The Winning Combination (5 of 5) by Joe Alain

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Cooperation, The Winning Combination (5 of 5)
Series: Events In The Life Of Moses
Joe Alain
Exodus 17:8-15

The fifth sermon in a series of five sermons based on events in the life of Moses. This sermon was originally preached as a Father's Day sermon.

Here is a beautiful picture of what can happen when we cooperate with God and with each other. Cooperation is essential in the Christian life. God promised to give Israel the Promised Land, but He never said it would be easy. At Rephidim, on their way to the Promised Land, Israel was attacked unmercifully by the Amalekites. Since they were distant cousins of the Israelites you would assume that they knew the promise God had made to Israel concerning the Land and would welcome their distant cousins, but that didn't happen. Instead, Deuteronomy 25:17-18 describes what did occur. ''Remember what the Amalekites did to you along the way when you came out of Egypt. When you were weary and worn out, they met you on your journey and cut off all who were lagging behind; they had no fear of God.'' Ruthless, without mercy, and no fear of God!

When the Amalekites came against Israel, Moses put the young leader Joshua in charge of the Israelite's army and Moses along with Aaron and Hur went up to the top of the mountain to call upon God. As long as ''Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning'' (v.11) the battle. But when Moses grew tired and weary and ''lowered his hands,'' the Amalekites were winning.

Israel eventually won the battle against the Amalekites because they cooperated with the Lord (''Jehovah-Nissi,'' ''The Lord Is My Banner,'' v.15) and because the people cooperated together to accomplish God's purposes. Cooperation is essential in the Christian life. To cooperate is ''to work together, to act in a way that makes something possible or likely.''

Life Application: ''You win in life when you cooperate with the Lord who is your ''Banner'' of victory and when you cooperate with other belie ...


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