by Jeff Strite

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The Man Who Remembered (4 of 9)
Series: Moses and Friends
Jeff Strite
Exodus 17:8-14

We opened with the congregation singing the first verse of "My Country Tis of Thee"

What is this weekend?
It's Memorial Day Weekend.
It's a time that we've set aside to honor those who have given their lives in service of this country to protect us and secure our freedoms.
Memorial Day has been celebrated for over 100 years
Does anybody know what war instigated the holiday we call "Memorial Day" (The Civil War)

It was originally called "Decoration Day" because people decorated the graves of Union soldiers who'd died in battle. Gradually that came to include fallen troops of the Confederate Army, and eventually soldiers of our country who had given their lives in any armed struggle.

But the Civil War was the conflict that originated our Memorial Day remembrance.

One interesting story of the Civil War had to do with a small unimportant battle almost lost in history. Apparently 1000 Union soldiers received orders to pack light and march to another camp. By coincidence, a 1000 Confederates received similar orders that day.
The two units met at a place between the camps. There was no important town or bridge to capture or defend, but a bitter struggle followed.
Since the men were traveling light, they were soon out of ammunition and began to fight hand to hand. It was a hot summer afternoon. After 3 hours of fierce fighting, men were dropping from exhaustion.
Suddenly, fifty fresh Union soldiers arrived on the scene. Though none of these men actually engaged in the conflict, their presence encouraged their comrades and renewed their strength. The battle was won in minutes.

APPLY: That battle was won because a group of 50 men arrived and supported their side. This company of soldiers arrived in the "nick of time" and turned the course of fight. And yet… they never actually took part in the fight itself.

Our story today from Exodus tells of a conflict bet ...

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