Then Yahweh said to Moses, “Write this for a memorial in the book and recount it in the hearing of Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.” Exodus 17:14 (NKJV)
After the battle was won, Yahweh instructed Moses to record the day and its events. This would serve to remind the people of the battle won, but more importantly Yahweh had made a promise, a guarantee for the people of Israel that these enemies would be completely destroyed because of their presumptuous attack.
This reiterates a few truths: Yahweh is jealous for His people; He cares about our being attacked and He is determined to avenge us when we are treated wrongfully, especially when the attacks of the enemy attempt to derail His plans for us. Yahweh made a promise, but he also wanted the people to remember and to recite it as long as it took for this promise to come to pass. This is a practical lesson: we should make it a habit to write the Word of Yahweh spoken to us, whether it is through a prophet, a vision or dream, a Rhema word or sermon, or a song whispered in our heart in the middle of our day. Write it down, recall it, and speak it to yourself for encouragement and strength. It is a promise from Yahweh therefore regardless of how long it takes we should expect its manifestation.
Not only does Yahweh tell us to write it down; He writes down the events of our lives. King David states in Psalm 139:16 (NIV) Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them. This means the days I now experience were pre-written before I came upon them. That is the nature of the Omniscient El (God). This is exciting because it emphasizes that I can trust Him with my days, my challenges, my decisions as I face them. We must lean hard upon Him to direct our path, because He knows the way that we take (Proverbs 3:5-6). It also means that nothing surprises Him, not even ambush set by the enemy.
He wrote it all down, therefore He knew the day would come when I would have to choose my life over my friends and no longer follow them down self-destructive paths; He knew that you would come under so much pressure that you would contemplate taking your life, so He made arrangements for someone to call you just at that moment with a word of encouragement and remind you to hope in Yahweh (Psalm 42:5 & 11). He knew that you were going to lose your child on that day, and He wrote down that you would get through the heartbreak and have more children. He wrote about the time when you were unemployed and added that you would never miss a meal; He designated strangers and loved ones to feed you and your family. He knew you would be diagnosed with an illness that has no hereditary explanation, but He also wrote down your complete recovery and healing. For others He wrote the day they would find love and inscribed the details of their happy family. Still others have it written that their ministry and gifts would influence millions, He wrote down the title of our books and the date it will be published. He wrote it all down.
This means that we are not invisible or overlooked by Yahweh. His love is not surprised that we are rebellious and sometimes disobedient; He wrote that down. When He authored the plan for salvation He also had our script written. That script says that His salvation will deliver us from the power of death, and the spirit of destruction. If we could see the things he wrote about us, we would accept our present struggles and battles as seasonal and know that they are not meant for our destruction, but for His praise (Isaiah 43:2 and 2 Corinthians 4:8-9). We would understand that we will not be struggling with the same addictions, illnesses, fears and weaknesses forever. Moses told Israel, The [enemies] you see today you will never see again Exodus 14:13), because He is able to completely deliver us. If we could fully appreciate the truth about His foreknowledge, we would say like David in Psalm 139:17, “Marvelous are your works oh Yahweh, how precious also are your thoughts towards me and how great is the sum of them.”
I will blot them out
We often contend with our weaknesses for years, but Yahweh has something to say about these things. For example He says: For Yahweh (God) has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7NKJV). He is aware of how crippling fear is in our lives, preventing us from moving at all. He is aware of the chronic illness that threatens your life and made you almost give up on Him and doubt His existence or His love for you. Yahweh (God) remembers, our struggles will not last forever; this will not always be a point of failure for you. If we persevere and fight, if we look ahead in faith instead of hold on to the memories, we will come into the promise. We will gain strength and by the power the Holy Spirit victory is ours.
Only obey His instructions, because we may be required to participate in the process of destroying our enemy and if we completely obey He will establish us. His word still stands, He does not lie. He gave Israel another opportunity, and in 1 Chronicles 4:43, it is recorded that Israel blots out Amalek. He is giving us another opportunity – this is grace – to completely obey. If we are to experience the fullness of the promise: rest from our struggles, triumph over the besetting sin, be release from the paralysis of fear, then let us commit to give Him our full obedience. He will establish us as leaders, not followers; as warriors that rescue souls for His Kingdom; as intercessors that stand in the gap for those who are weak and as triumphant children of the Mighty One.
By the end of the chapter – Exodus 17 the children of Israel went from a place of wondering, “is Yahweh with us or not?” to the point of knowing “Yahweh is my banner”. They went from questioning His power and His presence, to being confident that His name is a banner of victory, a focal point to which they could cast their eyes and place their trust, a source of strength in battle; they could say without fear “He fights for us” (Exodus 14:14). In our daily walk, let us acknowledge Yahweh as our banner: the banner of love over us that guarantees our protection and sets us apart as more than conquerors. We have confidence in our Rock and defense, because He has a reputation for delivering His people and establishing them in their place of promise.