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March 2 - Evening

“Remember what the Amalekites did to you along the way when you came out of Egypt. When you were weary and worn out, they met you on your journey and attacked all who were lagging behind; they had no fear of God. When the Lord your God gives you rest from all the enemies around you in the land he is giving you to possess as an inheritance, you shall blot out the name of Amalek from under heaven. Do not forget!”
- Deuteronomy 25:17-19

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
Amalekites are Not Forgotten Until They are Destroyed    

The Amalekites are descendants of Esau’s son Eliphaz (Gen.36:15-16; 1 Chron. 1:36) who fought against Israel after they had left Israel and were tired and worn in the wilderness. The Amalekites lived in the Negev south of Beersheba in the deserts of Zin and Shur. When Israel passed by them on their Exodus from Egypt, the Amalekites attacked the straggles and the weak at the back of the

Samuel sent King Saul to fulfill this command from God to Moses in 1 Samuel 15 when the Lord said:

Samuel said to Saul, “I am the one the Lord sent to anoint you king over his people Israel; so listen now to the message from the Lord. This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘I will punish the Amalekites for what they did to Israel when they waylaid them as they came up from Egypt. Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy all that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.’ ” - 1 Samuel 15:1-3

Saul began in obedience as is seen below, but ended in disobedience by tempering the destruction and sparing some of the livestock and the King of the Amalekites:

“So Saul summoned the men and mustered them at Telaim—two hundred thousand foot soldiers and ten thousand from Judah. Saul went to the city of Amalek and set an ambush in the ravine.” - 1 Samuel 15:4-5

Because Saul compromised the Lord’s anger and did not complete his command to “totally destroy” the Amalekites the kingdom was taken from Saul (1 Samuel 15:10-34) when Samuel said to Saul:

“The Lord has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today and has given it to one of your neighbors—to one better than you. He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change his mind; for he is not a human being, that he should change his mind.” -  1 Samuel 15:28, 29

The Amalekites showed no fear of the Lord and no respect for his plans and his people. God gave Israel a command through Moses to Joshua that day in the wilderness after they had defeated the Amalekites in battle:

“Write this on a scroll as something to be remembered and make sure that Joshua hears it, because I will completely blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven.” – Exodus 17:14

Since Israel was under a covenant treaty with the Lord it was Israel’s responsibility to bless the friends of the Lord, but also to side with the Lord in battle against his enemies. The Amalekites were one of those enemies of the Lord that Israel was required to fight against and destroy because they had a covenant with the Lord.

Exod. 17:8-16; 1 Chron. 4:42-43

Haman, the enemy of the Jews in the book of Esther, was identified as a descendent of the Amalekites through the royal line of the King Agag who was killed by Samuel (Esther 3:1-6).

  Christian Quote from Church History

“The benefit of the doubt is to be given to the document itself, not arrogated by the critic to himself.”
– Aristotle


Something to Ponder??

Christianity Has a Unique Historical Basis

Christianity is not based on Jesus’ teachings but on Jesus, who he is, the person of Christ, the Son of God. Salvation is not in the teachings of Jesus but in Jesus himself.

Islam is based on the teachings of a man, Mohammed, not on Mohammed himself.

Buddhism is based on the teachings of the Buddha.

Confucianism is based on the teachings of Confucius.

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Ischuo (Gr) – Prevail (Eng) – ischuo is a Greek word that refers to being strong and powerful.
Ischuo is translated “to prevail” in Acts 19:16; 19:20 and Revelation 12:8.


Internal Evidence for a
pre-70 AD date for writing the book of Acts (likely 61 AD):
1. No mention of the fall of Jerusalem in 70 AD.
2. No mention of the burning of Rome in 64 AD.
3. No hint of the deterioration of Roman and Jewish relationships that resulted from
the Jewish war with Rome beginning in 66 AD.
4. No hint of the deterioration of relationships between the Romans and the
Christians due to Nero’s persecution in 65–67 AD.
5. Gallio’s judgment (Acts 18:14-17) set a precedent that legitimized Christianity
during this time period.
6. No hint of James’ martyrdom by the Sanhedrin around 67 AD.
7. The Sadducees are portrayed as still having authority, reflecting a pre-70 AD date.
8. Acts never mentions Peter in Rome.
9. Peter (died 65 AD) and John (died after 96 AD) seems to be alive in Acts. No  details are given about any of the disciples’ deaths except James (died 44 AD).
10. There were still Gentiles in the synagogues in Acts. Few would be looking into Judaism after 70 AD.
11. The temple is still standing in Acts with no hint of attack or destruction.
12. There is a confident tone of normal life continuing, unlike life after 65 and 70 AD.
13. Acts ends as if the events at the end of the book were still occurring. The ending leaves Paul alive with no hint of his martyrdom.
14. Nowhere in the book of Acts does the author try to predict any of these key events or give Paul credit as a prophet of these events

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I support or oppose the enemies of the Lord?
Covenant partners of the Lord are called to support the Lord's allies,
but opposes the Lord's adversaries.
  "He holds success in store for the upright,
    he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless."
- Proverbs 2:7
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