Bible Background: Exodus 17:8-13
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.
How to Talk to Your Kids:
- Realistically, how long do you think you could hold your arms up in the air like Moses did? Think about how tired your arm gets when you raise your hand in class and your teacher takes a minute to call on you!
- Moses’s arms definitely grew tired too… but when they did, what did his friends do?
- Who are friends or people in your life who support you the way Moses’s friends supported him?
- How can you be like Aaron and Hur (Moses’s friends) this week and help others?
- Gracious and loving God, we thank you for our friends who are like Aaron and Hur in our own lives. We thank you for the ways they love and support us, always, especially when we need help. I pray that this week, we could be like Aaron and Hur for our friends too. Help us to be helpers. We love you. Amen.
Activities to go with this:
- Have your children challenge each other to see who can hold their arms up straight in the air the longest-- like Moses did! Have them spread out, stretch their arms, and straighten their elbows all the way up in the air and set a timer. Once the round is over, have them try again but this time they can lean on each other for support. Which one was easier?