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    “‘The Lord will have war with Amalek…from generation to generation.’  Do you know who Amalek is?” asked the teacher.

    “Someone at war with God,” I replied.

    “And at war with God’s nation, Israel,” he said.  “When the Israelites came out of Egypt, they were attacked by the Amalekites, the people of Amalek.  The Amalekites were the first to wage war against the children of Israel.  They were defeated.  But the war would go on.  Centuries later there arose a king named Agag, an evil man, whose sword had ended countless lives.  God decreed his end, a judgment that would be carried out by the prophet Samuel.  Agag was an Amalekite, a descendant of Amalek.  It was yet another battle in the war, but not the last.  Centuries later, the Jewish people would be scattered throughout the Persian Empire.  A Persian official named Haman rose to power… another man of evil.  Haman devised a plot to destroy the Jewish people throughout the empire, every man, woman, and child.  But he didn’t succeed.  God used the Jewish queen, Esther, and her relative, Mordecai, to thwart Haman’s plan.  In the end, Haman was destroyed, and the Jewish people were saved.”

    “And how does this…”

    “In the Book of Esther, Haman is called the Agagite.  Thus, the Scriptures connect Haman to Agag.  And King Agag was of Amalek.  Thus Haman was also of Amalek.  So the ancient war continued…in another setting, another language, and another land…and yet the same war.  It was Amalek, in Haman, raising again his sword against God and His people, and it was the Lord’s hand again warring against Amalek and protecting His people.  What does this reveal?  God’s Word is true.  And the darkness will always war against the light.  And the light must always war against the darkness.  In the end, there is no neutrality.  You either let the darkness overcome you, or you overcome the darkness.  There is no middle ground.  Either the darkness will destroy the light, or the light will destroy the darkness.”

    “Which will it be…in the end?”

    “Until the end, they war.  But know and always be assured, that in the end, only one can prevail…the light.”

    The Mission:  Whatever darkness, compromise, or ungodly thing still exists in your life, no matter how small, today, root it out.  There is no middle ground.

    Exodus 17:8-16; 1 Samuel 15:8-33; Esther 3:1; 2 Corinthians 2:14

    Cahn, Jonathan. “The Sword of Amalek.” The Book of Mysteries. Lake Mary, FL: FrontLine, 2016. Day 45. Print.
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    "Baruch haba ba'Shem Adonai !"
    "Blessed is He that comes in the Name of the LORD !"

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