Sermon Notes


Write This Down

EXODUS – Part 18

May 28, 2023


Exodus 17:8-16

The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim. Moses said to Joshua, “Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.”

So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write this on a scroll as something to be remembered and make sure that Joshua hears it, because I will completely blot out the name of Amalek from under heaven.”

Moses built an altar and called it The Lord is my Banner. He said, “Because hands were lifted up against the throne of the Lord, the Lord will be at war against the Amalekites from generation to generation.”








Small Group Discussion Questions for the Week of May 28, 2023.



Talk about something you have saved to preserve a memory from the past. 

Why did you save it? What is its significance to you? 


Digging Deeper

Read Exodus 17:8-16

1.  Who really won the battle? God? The Israelites? Joshua? Moses, Aaron, and Hur?

2.  Why did God ask them to write this account down?

3. In Numbers 14:44-45, they lose to the Amalekites. Why did this happen? 


Living it Out

We have these stories of successes and failures in Israel. How have these stories affected how you think? What might you do differently based on today’s discussion?