Saturday, February 5, 2011

Hur the Handholder

Exodus 17:10-13 
"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.    Moses built an altar and called it The LORD is my Banner.  He said, “Because hands were lifted up to the throne of the LORD."

I remember hearing about "Hur the Handholder" in a children's musical.  What an important part he played as God used him to lift Moses' hands to the Lord so that the Israelites would win the battle. 

It has been amazing to see how God has used so many of you to be my handholder, especially during this past year.  When it is difficult to manage the exercises, a little help with the weights or stretching produces the desired result.  Your prayers, encouraging words, opening a door, or patiently waiting as I walk continue to be such a blessing.  Each day, I pray that God would help me make a difference for His Kingdom, too.

Even though it seemed Hur might have had a "little" job, God blessed his obedience.  As Paul Harvey would say, "And now the rest of the story."  Look at how God used Hur's grandson to construct the sanctuary...

Exodus 35:30-35; 36:1
"Then Moses said to the Israelites, “See, the LORD has chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills— to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood and to engage in all kinds of artistic crafts. And he has given both him and Oholiab son of Ahisamak, of the tribe of Dan, the ability to teach others.  He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers—all of them skilled workers and designers."

"So Bezalel, Oholiab and every skilled person to whom the LORD has given skill and ability to know how to carry out all the work of constructing the sanctuary are to do the work just as the LORD has commanded.”

1 comment:

  1. You should name that wooden thing that holds cards "hur." You get it...It holds hands of cards..its a hand holder...Sorry to everyone else out there for contributing to my mom's love for puns.