Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | August 24, 2022

“Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble” – “holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, … in sound doctrine”

Today’s devotion comes from Exodus 17:8-13.

“Then Amalek came and fought against Israel at Rephidim.  So Moses said to Joshua, “Choose men for us and go out, fight against Amalek.  Tomorrow I will station myself on the top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand.”  Joshua did as Moses told him, and fought against Amalek; and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill.  So it came about when Moses held his hand up, that Israel prevailed, and when he let his hand down, Amalek prevailed.  But Moses’ hands were heavy.  Then they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it;  and Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side and one on the other.  Thus his hands were steady until the sun set.  So Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.”  Exodus 17:8-13.


The highlighted part of today’s Scripture leads us to meditate on the importance of strengthening and supporting fellow believers in their faith.

“3 Encourage the exhausted, and strengthen the feeble.
4 Say to those with anxious heart,
“Take courage, fear not.
Behold, your God will come with vengeance;
The recompense of God will come,
But He will save you.” Isaiah 35:3-4.

When people are alone in their own beliefs and fears, they are prone to be shaky and be subject to fall.  

But, when we teach Canons of Dordt, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation, we provide support to them. So to speak, we provide a brace for them which enables the weak and shaky one to stand.  

holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict.”  Titus 1:9.

It can be compared to what Aaron and Hur did for Moses.  Moses’ hands were weakening and when he let his hand down, the enemy prevailed.  But, when Aaron and Hur supported Moses’ hands, the enemy was defeated and everyone benefited.  

Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble, and make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed.”  Hebrews 12:12-13.

“So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us.” 2 Thessalonians 2:15.


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