Friday, October 23, 2015

What About Hur?

"Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord."
I Corinthians 15:58
(KJV)

The spiritual warfare in which my family and I have been engaged is intense.
A lot of my part of it has been inward turmoil that results from my own need to analyze and figure out what God is doing in our lives.
I have this innate need to do and scurry and make things happen.
In my conscientious nature there lies a heavy sense of responsibility...
like I am supposed to make sure everything goes right and turns out the way it is supposed to.
Like I really have the ability to do that or have any control over anything....
ahem.

Spiritual warfare is made up of individual battles.

There is this one, united war, but it is divided into many unique confrontations with the enemy.

This morning's round has been violent.
His continual, steady incidents of attack have been particularly cruel and specifically targeted.
Unfortunately, he knows me.
He knows where to aim.
He senses the slightest spot of vulnerability.
He has no mercy.
The aim of his fiery darts is precise.
I have felt weakened from the incessant need to hold on to my shield of faith.
The constant flow of incoming fire has left not an instant of reprieve.
I am exhausted from the continual pounding, and my arms are tired.

Remember Moses?

If anyone ever felt the weight of heavy arms, it was Moses.

We find the specific part of the story I am speaking of in Exodus 17:10-13.
The battle was long.
His men were looking to him.
To be strong.
To stay focused.
To remain encouraged.
To continue to believe that the eventual outcome would be victory.
His job was to stand on top of the hill at Rephidim and hold the rod of God in his upraised hands.
Joshua and his mighty army were fighting the Amalekites down below the hill,
and Moses, along with two faithful companions, Aaron and Hur, had climbed the hill and were elevated to a point where Joshua and his men had a clear visual of them.

"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."

I think it is an amazing thing that God did not allow Moses to climb that hill alone.
He knew Moses was human.

"For He knoweth our frame; He remembereth that we are dust."
Psalm 103:14

"O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me.
Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, Thou understandest my thought afar off.
Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways."
Psalm 139:1-3

"Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labor.
For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: 
but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.
Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone?
And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken."
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Another thing that I find amazing is this...
God didn't send just one supporter for Moses....
He sent two.
Because Moses had two arms.
Both arms needed to be raised.
God knew that this situation would require a threefold cord...
three men who, together, would not give up until the victory was completely won.
The soldiers needed to have clear visibility.
It was imperative for Moses to be all in and to stay all in...to the end...with both arms raised.
God knew what...and who....and how many Moses needed.
To keep Him encouraged.
To provide necessary support.
To enable him to fulfill his mission.
To force him to persevere and to not allow him to give in to the temptation to quit.
To remind him of what God had told him to do.
To hold him accountable to his calling.
To help him see the battle through all the way to a victorious end.
So, God sent two men with Moses, as he climbed that hill.
One was his brother, Aaron, an obvious choice, for several reasons.

Aaron was dependable.
He was by Moses' side from minute one.
He was chosen by God to be Moses' mouthpiece when Moses complained to God that he 
wasn't able to speak eloquently.
Though Aaron was three years older than Moses,
you never detect a hint of sibling rivalry or jealousy or questioning why he wasn't "the chosen one", instead of his younger brother with the checkered past.
Aaron knew his role.
It was to support Moses.
He fulfilled his role faithfully, humbly, and without questioning.

That day on the hilltop, it made perfect sense for Aaron to be on one side of Moses.
What better choice could God have made than to pick Aaron to be the one who held up one of Moses' hands?

But, what about the guy on the other side?
What about Hur?
What do we know about him?

I spent a good deal of time trying to figure out who exactly Hur was.
The name "Hur" is mentioned in other Scriptural references,
such as in Exodus 24:14, when he and Aaron were left in charge of the people
while Moses went up Mt. Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments from God.
Josephus mentions that Hur was married to Moses' sister, Miriam,
which would have made him Moses' brother-in-law,
but I could find no Scriptural proof to support this.

Since I cannot give concrete Biblical proof, I dare not make assumptions,
and we will just have to omit speculation and accept what we do know as fact.

A man named Hur was chosen to go with Moses and Aaron up that hill,
and even if he is the same Hur that is mentioned in other places,
the other mentions do not make him a prominent figure in the Old Testament.

Either way, Hur is somewhat obscure.
As far as we know, his life was somewhat ordinary.

Thank God, He chooses to use the ordinary to do extraordinary things.

On this day, Hur's job could not have been more important.
Had he not been there, the man of God would not have had adequate support,
and the chosen people of God would have lost a major battle.

Have you ever wondered what Hur thought of his assignment?
Could he have yearned to have Joshua's job,
loyally and heroically leading his men on the battlefield below?
Was he wishing he were one of Joshua's soldiers,
facing the enemy head on, engaged in hand to hand combat?
Did he deem Aaron's role of much greater esteem and feel inadequate standing next to him on that hill?
Did he feel invisible?
Did he wish he were God's chosen leader...
did he long to be the man whose hands he supported?
Is it possible that he thought his job of making sure the prophet's hands remained held high
was of such insignificant, unimportant nature, it was hardly worth doing?

I can't say what Hur was thinking, because his thoughts are not recorded.
What I can say, is that he was faithful.
He absolutely fulfilled his mission.
He was available when God needed him, and he took his assignment seriously.
He didn't shirk his duty or refuse to do what was asked of him.

And, you and I are still reading about Hur all these thousands of years later.
We still peruse this story, and we remember him and his faithfulness.
And we wonder about him...his life, his family, his hopes, his dreams.

Standing there on that hill with Moses may have seemed like an inconsequential event in the life of Hur.
Yet, it made the pages of God's Holy Word.
Nothing in God's Word is of little significance.
Every Word that proceeds out of His mouth is of utmost importance.
And every Word is relevant to our times.

Hur's story is pertinent to your story...and mine.

May I ask you a personal question?
Of all of the men involved in the story of the battle of Amalek,
to which do you most closely relate?

Is it the foot soldiers on the ground, 
who must have consistently lifted their eyes to see if Moses' hands were still upraised?
Is it Joshua, the fearless under-leader, who also looked diligently toward the hill?
Is it Aaron, the prominent, well-known first high priest and brother of Moses,
who stood holding up the hand of his brother, the man of God?
Is it Moses, the steadfast, faithful leader of God's chosen people,
who was fatigued, exhausted, and in dire need of support?
Or is it Hur, the nearly-unheard-of, quiet, unsung hero of this story,
who may have thought his job was of little importance, yet, without whose contribution to the equation would have changed the outcome.

Are you a foot soldier in God's army?
A spiritual leader of other foot soldiers?
The one who all eyes are upon,
the one upon whom so many depend for encouragement?
Are you the one who holds things together,
who valiantly remains, regardless how uncomfortable things get?
Do you feel invisible and insignificant?
Are you in the background lending support to and steadying the arms of the man of God?
Do you wish to have a different role?

God knows you...inside and out.
He sees your potential.
He instilled your personality.
He recognizes your strengths...and weaknesses.
He orchestrates your circumstances accordingly.

Whether He has you in a role similar to Joshua, Aaron, Hur, one of the unnamed fighting soldiers,
or even Moses,
He knows what He is doing.
He never makes a mistake or calls the wrong person to do a job.

You are beautiful in His eyes, my friend.
He cares about the smallest, most minute detail of your life.
He has called you, and He has endowed you with gifts that match your calling.

What you do may seem hugely important to you.
Or what you do may seem hardly worth the effort.

But, what you do is beyond precious to God.

He doesn't call us all to do the same thing.
This would create imbalance in His Kingdom.

"If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? 
If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be?
But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as He wanted them to be."
I Corinthians 12:17,18

He places us in our unique, individual mission fields based upon where we can most effectively use the gifts He has given us, and where we can shine for Him the brightest.

Whether your lot be to stand and preach to thousands, holding high the "rod of God",
persevering through your own pain and exhaustion for the sake of those who look to you for strength,
or whether your lot is to stand beside and support the one whom God has placed in that position,
your job is of equal significance in the eyes of God.
Whether you are on the front lines of battle or off in a place of seclusion,
you are where you are by His Divine design.
Whether the whole world knows your name or you are recognized only by the ones who call you "Mama", you are making an eternal, amazingly important difference.

Stand firm, and be encouraged, dear friend.
Don't give up the fight.
God esteems your post of duty, regardless what it is or where it is located, 
as an assignment that is worth the effort, and He will reward you for being faithful.

"The LORD recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the LORD God of Israel,
under Whose wings thou art come to trust."
Ruth 2:12

I want to encourage you to press on...wherever you are, whatever your circumstances.
You are important.
Your lot in life is significant.
God values you so much that He sent His only Son to bring to you a more abundant life.
(John 10:10)
All of Heaven is cheering for you.
You are the apple of God's eye.  
(Deuteronomy 32:10 & Zechariah 2:8)

Moses, the man of God....Hur, the unsung supporter....
both of them faithful to their post...
both of them equally loved by our Lord....
both of them now members of Heaven's hall of fame.

One day you will be inducted too, my friend.
Stay faithful to God.
Reward day is coming!

"And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not."
Galatians 6:9

32 comments:

  1. you are so inspiring, bless you.

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    1. To God be the glory, sweet friend. You are such a dear blessing and encouragement to me...one who has helped to hold up my hands many times. Sending you big hugs and lots of love and hoping you and Eddie are feeling better. Praying for you. :)

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  2. Wow. What an encouragement. I too have always wondered and pondered Hur. I didn't know that Josephus mentioned him either. Interesting. I'd never considered the fact that Moses was stronger with the people God surrounded him with, although it makes perfect sense in light of the scriptures you quoted. We're all better off together than alone.

    I also appreciate the perspective of which role we play in life's battle. I used to want to be the well known hero... now I believe that being a small role player is important in God's eyes and is likely one of the best gifts we could have received by His grace.

    Praying for you in your battle, sister. I know you'll be delivered.

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    1. And, what you may not realize, my brother, is that you ARE a well known hero to many of us out here in blogland. God uses you time after time to bless and encourage and inspire so many...both at your blog and through the encouraging, hand-supporting comments you leave. God bless you and someday let you see all you have accomplished for Him. I cannot ever express how much my family and I appreciate your prayers and encouragement. Your last words here..."I know you'll be delivered" mean more than I could ever say. I shared them with Kevin and Zach, and we were all very comforted. Please keep us in your continued prayers, and I am surely praying for you and your family, too.

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  3. Such an incredible post dear Cheryl! Isn't it marvelous to know that we don't have to have our name in "bright lights", over a door, or on a plaque hanging on the wall to be precious, and treasured in the kingdom of God! We can be simply "Momma" supporting, loving and giving of ourselves to our families, and there is a blessing that comes with that... even as Hur supported and held up Moses' arms, and who he really was we may never know much about, it doesn't matter. His support for Moses was recorded in the Bible for all to see. Encouraging to know that we can faithfully do the job God has called us to do, and He is the rewarder of our efforts. I am praying for your dear family that this difficult place you are in right now, that the Lord will give you the strength, wisdom and peace you need to ride through this time! What a precious family you have, and I am confident that the Lord has you completely in the palm of His hand, and will keep you safe. Much love my dear friend, across the miles!

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    1. YES, dear friend, hearing Zach call me "Momma" means more to me than any sound I have ever heard or ever could hear. We waited so long to hear that, and it NEVER ceases to bless me and fill my heart with untold gratitude. There are so many hurting couples who long to hear a little voice addressing them that way...oh, my heart does go out to all of them so much! Your precious prayers mean so much more than I could ever put into words. How I praise God for our sweet friendship and the fellowship that accompanies it! Thank you for the reminder that God holds us in the palm of His hand. He is a faithful God, Who will never let us go. God bless you, my dear sweet sister, and bless you in a big way! Sending you many hugs and many hugs across the miles!

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  4. What a gorgeous post, my darling Cheryl, and the painting is so touching !
    To come here and read your words is a true relief for the soul, believe me, thank you with all my heart.
    Sending blessings for wishing you a most beautiful end of the week,
    wholeaheartedly
    Dany

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    1. Dear, sweet Daniela! Your dear words just mean more to me than I could ever express!! May the dear Lord in Heaven fill your heart with His many blessings for the many blessings you bring to me and so many others. I love and appreciate you and every comment you leave here..it is always such a dear encouragement to see that you have stopped by. Thank you ever so much, my dear friend!!!

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  5. Hi Cheryl! What an informative post today Cheryl! I guess I never thought about who the other man was who help up Moses' hand. And a great question too...who do I most relate to in the story? I have always thought of Moses, an old man by now, and still being used by God. Even though he needed so much help himself.

    I hope your trials will end soon. Do you see an end in sight? I'm so sorry that your arms are tired from the fight. I will pray that your armor becomes even more thick, and that you are safe in His arms.
    Blessings always,
    Ceil

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    1. Oh, dear friend...you asked if I see an end in sight. One minute I think I do, the next minute I am not so sure. You are such a dear blessing to stop by and leave such encouragement, and I appreciate you so much!! I loved your thoughts about how Moses was old, and God still used him. That is so encouraging!! Thank you for your dear comments and prayers for us!!! May the dear Lord richly and abundantly bless you!!!

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  6. Hey Cheryl, what an amazingly encouraging post. Our message on Sunday was about how much God loves us and whether we actually realise it. He has a plan for us and His ways are perfect. Thank you for the reminder to keep on doing what God has placed us to do. Thank you for sharing at Good Morning Mondays, you are such a blessing. Much love to you.

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    1. Praise the dear Lord, sweet friend!!! It was such a dear blessing to see that you had stopped by...I have missed your dear visits and am so thankful God is healing you and bringing you through your trials! May He just continue to lay His healing hand upon you and make you perfectly whole!! Sending you much love and many hugs across the miles!!!

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  7. Not everyone who does exploits will have their name in the Headlines. Hur from the tribe of Judah, was one of those. He was the grandfather of Bezalel, and a son of Caleb and Ephrath of Judah (1 Chronicles 2:19-20, 4:1, 4:4). When Moses goes up the mountain to meet God, he leaves the seventy behind and leaves the people in charge of Aaron and Hur (Exodus 24:14).

    For your future; cast your care on the Lord - - look to HIM for the answers, and then LISTEN to your husband and allow him to make the decisions ahead. Thank you for sharing with us here at Tell me a Story.

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    1. Thank you, sweet Hazel, for your precious words of encouragement. YES, praise God for a dear, Godly husband to lean on through our trials! God always knows what He is doing when He pairs us for life. :) We walk hand in hand facing the future together and trusting in God's almighty grace and direction. May Jesus bless you for the dear blessing you are to me and to so many others!

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  8. Cheryl, can't count the many times that you have been my *Hur* - helping to hold up my tired and weary arms as I fight the battle of faith. Thank you for this most encouraging post. Your words serve as uplifting forces in my life. Sometimes holding up the rod of faith is hard, as it can become a lightning rod for the enemy to aim at. Fortunately, the Lord never leaves us alone. He provides His strengthening Spirit, and also the surrounding Aaron and Hurs who come alongside us in the battle.

    It's my privilege and delight to stand with you in this thing called *life* - you help me fight stronger, dear friend.

    GOD BLESS!

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    1. Oh, sweet friend!! How precious and encouraging your dear words were to my heart tonight!!!!! So many times you have been my Hur, too....oh, so many times!! I loved your thoughts about the lightning rod. Oh, that was so inspired! Thank you a million times for your sweet visit and uplifting words. They were just what I needed!!! Much love to you across the miles!

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  9. Thank you, Cheryl, for this important teaching. Glad to know more about Hur; so much is referred to in scripture with the brothers--Moses and Aaron--Hur is often left out. I am more than willing to uphold you at your side in your present battle. May the Lord encourage you and strengthen you to stand and keep standing. You have been there so many times for me and my family.

    Love you, dear sister!
    Mary

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    1. And, you DO uphold me, precious friend! So very dear to my heart are your sweet visits and posts and encouragement. I love and appreciate you so much!!! Continuing to pray and hold on for dear Amy's miracle!! :)

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  10. One thing that struck me in your story telling - was that Hur was an ordinary man doing something easy. He wasn't wielding a sword - Hero work. He just simply held a man's arms up. I think sometimes we mistake the power of simple things - and simple things sometimes make the biggest difference of all. Your post is so encouraging!

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    1. Oh, yes, you are SO right! I love your words..."simple things sometimes make the biggest difference of all". So very true. I wonder how many simple things we do that we never even realize the greatness of their impact? We would probably be amazed. So thankful for your precious visit, my friend. May God bless you...I hope your week is going better than last week and trust your dear mom is feeling better. I love and appreciate you!

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  11. What a great post! Helps us to remember that God is working behind the scenes, and He uses us where we are if we are submitted to the Holy Spirit working in us. Many blessings to you ❤️

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    1. Yes, praise His name! I think sometimes God doesn't always allow us to see exactly what we are accomplishing for Him...perhaps it is to keep us humble before Him so He can continue to use us. Thank you ever so much for your sweet visit, my friend. I hope all is well with you. God bless you abundantly!! :)

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  12. Cheryl....Thank you for a wonderful post. I love that God is always working even when we don't see it especially when life is hard and we feel defeated. He is right there holding us up. I am so glad I wandered over today. God bless you my friend. :-)

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    1. I am so thankful you wandered over here, too!!! Such a dear blessing to see that you stopped by...you always bless and encourage me...both here and at your own sweet blog. Sending you big hugs and lots of love! :)

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  13. What an inspiring post! We need to always remember that the Lord knows what He is doing...even when we do not. Trust in Him...always.
    Sweet blessings,
    Laura

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    1. Yes, dear Lord, help us to learn to trust You better!!! So sweet to have you stop by for a visit, my friend!!! I trust the Lord will abundantly bless you for encouraging my heart!!! Please come by anytime. :)

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  14. Thanks for your helping place our eyes on Christ today. neighbors at 3-D Lessons

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    1. Thank you so much for your sweet visit, Sue! It is so wonderful to meet you. May our eyes always remain upon Him continually. Surely He is our Source of strength!!! Many blessings to you!

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  15. Sounds like to me you have the enemy on the run. Your knowledge of the word amazes me and you bring so much each time you post. Bless you my sister, even in the battle you are pouring out words of wisdom.

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    1. God bless you, dear Betty! What an encouragement you are to me during each and every visit! May the dear Lord bless you abundantly for being one who holds up my hands. :) Love you, sweet sister!

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  16. I've never heard this story made so personal before. Thank you for applications on so many levels!

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    1. Thank you, dear Michele, for your sweet visit and kind words. May the dear Lord bless you in a big way! Sending you much love and many blessings! :)

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