The Lord is Our Banner
Topic: Expository Scripture: Exodus 17:8–17:16
The following study guide is to be used to discuss the Friday, December 21, 2018 sermon.
Introduction - God’s people have always lived in a constant state of warfare. To be a friend of God is to be an enemy of the world. This warfare has manifested itself differently throughout history. It began in the garden of Eden in a war of words with the serpent. In Israel it often took the shape of a physical war against the Canaanites upon whom God’s judgment had come. And believers today fight a spiritual battle. But regardless of how the battle looked, the secret to winning has always been the same: The Lord is our banner.
READ Exodus 17:8-16
1. In what ways was Israel at a disadvantage in the battle against the Amalekites?
Application: As Christians we face a spiritual battle against sin, the world and the devil. In what ways are we too at a disadvantage?
2. During the battle Moses’ staff played a key role. When it was raised high, Israel won. When it drooped, Amalek began to win. What do we know from our study so far about Moses’ staff? What did it symbolize? (see 17:15-16)
Application: Why are we so often slow to trust in God in tests of faith and battles against temptations?
3. This battle was just the beginning. The LORD promised that he would wage war against the Amalekites from generation to generation (17:16). How might God’s promise to continue battling against his enemies and the enemies of his people encourage us today?
READ Ephesians 6:10-20
4. What is similar between the battle Israel fought and the battle the church fights today? What is different?
Application: How are you doing in the battle against sin and Satan and the battle to proclaim the gospel? Take time in your Life Group to pray for one another (Eph 6:18).