REMEMBER AMALEK! (A MUST) – Growth In Esther blog series Part 3
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.”
- 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…”
- I Samuel 15:1-24 “Samuel also said unto Saul, The Lord sent me to anoint thee to be king over His people, over Israel: now therefore hearken thou unto the voice of the words of the Lord. Thus saith the Lord of Hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt. Now go and smite Amalek and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sleep, camel and ass… And Saul smote the Amalekites from Havilah unto thou comest to Shur, that is over against Egypt. And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword. But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the BEST of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fattlings, and the lambs, and ALL that was good, and would not utterly destroy them: but every thing that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly. Then came the word of the Lord unto Samuel, saying, It repenteth me that I have set Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the Lord all night. And when Samuel rose early to meet Saul in the morning… And Samuel came to Saul: and Saul said unto him, Blessed be thou of the Lord: I have performed the commandment of the Lord. And Samuel said, What meaneth then this bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear? And Saul said, They have brought them from the Amalekites: for the people SPARED THE BEST of the sheep and of the oxen, to SACRIFICE UNTO THE LORD THY GOD: and the rest we have utterly destroyed. Then Samuel said unto Saul, Stay, and I will tell thee what the Lord hath said to me this night… And the Lord sent thee on a journey, and said, Go and utterly destroy the sinners the Amalekites, and fight against them until they be consumed. Wherefore then didst thou not obey the voice of the Lord, but didst fly upon the spoil, and didst evil in the sight of the Lord? And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have obeyed the voice of the Lord, and have gone the way which the Lord sent me, and have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites. But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the Lord thy God in Gilgal. And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, He hath also rejected thee from being king. And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the Lord, and thy works: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice.”
Here in I Samuel 15, we see God remembering Amalek – just as He stated to Moses in Exodus 17:14-16. Here is the evidence that God initiates this generation battle against Amalek. God always initiates; we only respond to His initiation. Since Amalek represents our flesh, we should just step out of the way and let Jesus in us fight Amalek. This is why it is called “faith” that we step into.
But, Saul forgot. If God destroys all Amalek, why should Saul spare King Agag and the best of the flock? Saul’s response was “to offer the best of Amalek in sacrifice to the Lord.” Think about it. Saul is offering the best of what God condemns. Saul spared the best of Amalek (flesh) to present before God. But, he forgot that God is at war with Amalek. No wonder he was rejected as king; he chose to focus on his own works of flesh. Saul is like the carnal Christian focusing on doing Christian activities and ministry in the energy of self-effort. The carnal Christian then boasts, to God and others, of the best of the work he does – just like Saul sparing the best of Amalek to offer up to God. So: Remember Amalek well. Don’t offer to God what He has already condemned.