REMEMBER AMALEK (continued) – blog series of Growth In Esther
Being a descendant of Esau, this is the evil Haman was born into – a bitter, intense evil and hatred against God and God’s people. And no matter how successful in life Haman was, he will always seek to destroy Mordecai and God’s people. No matter how successful or powerful or popular our flesh becomes, it will ALWAYS seek to destroy God and His children. What an obvious example Haman is of our flesh, originating right from Satan himself! No wonder Paul states from Romans 7 “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing.”
Here are the Scriptural references that trace Haman’s evil, ancestral roots are traced as far back as Esau, Amalek, and King Agag.
- Genesis 25:19-34 “And these are the generations of Isaac, Abraham’s son: Abraham begat Isaac: and Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah to wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padan-aram, the sister of Laban the Syrian. And Isaac entreated the Lord for his wife, because she was barren: and the Lord was entreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived. And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to inquire of the Lord. And the Lord said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from the bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger. And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb. And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau. And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold of Esau’s heel; and his name was called Jacob: and Isaac was threescore years old when she bare them. And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents. And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob. And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint: and Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom. And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright. And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me? And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his brithright.”
- Genesis 36:12 “And Tinna was concubine to Eliphaz Esau’s son: and she born to Eliphaz Amalek…” Amalek is Esau’s grandson.
- Exodus 17:8-16 “Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidum. And Moses said unto Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in mine hand. So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek: and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went to the top of the hill. And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands,… And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. And the Lord said unto Moses, Write this in a memorial for a book and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven. And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovah-nisi: For He said, Because the Lord hath sworn that the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.”
“God is at war with Amalek from generation to generation.” You are not at war with Amalek. I am not at war with Amalek. God is. Read it again and again until it sinks in. That is why God says, “Write this in a memorial for a book and REHEARSE it….” This is how we are to remember Amalek (the flesh).
The Holy Spirit wars against our flesh; we are not to. We are only to rest in the finished work of Jesus on the cross. From generation to generation means that it is a never-ending battle between the flesh and the Spirit. Fortunately for us, Jesus defeated Satan and the flesh on the cross. We need to also remember that the battles in the flesh will go on every day until either we die or the Lord comes back. God initiates the battle with Amalek. Rest assured: God will complete the battle for you. It is His battle on your behalf. Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you, will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
The victory over Amalek has already been provided for us at Calvary. Jesus crushed Satan and the flesh once and for all – ONLY one sacrifice for sin for all time. The victory is ours all because of Jesus. Now, the daily battles against our flesh are also His. So let the Holy Spirit fight your flesh (Amalek) – from generation to generation. Yes, a daily battle it is. Lay Amalek on the cross where he belongs. Then let the Holy Spirit in you crucify Amalek daily. So remember often as God says, “This is a memorial…”
…to be continued…