In Genesis 17 the Lord is introduced as the Rock of provision to the children of Israel. They didn’t learn their lesson of the Lord’s provision of manna. They complained against their leader.
Verse 1 says that there was no water. Verse 2 says that they contended with Moses. Moses answered, “…Why do you contend with me? Why do you tempt the Lord?”
Moses went right to the Lord. Verse 3 says, “…What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me!”
The Lord told Moses that He would stand before him on the rock. That he should strike the rock and the water would come out so the people could drink.
Footnote: we need to go to the Lord about our lack, and not contend with our leaders, since it tempts the Lord.
The next section of chapter 17 is another great application for us. They were fighting against Amalek. Verse 11 says, “And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.”
Verse 12 says, “But Moses’ hands became heavy; so 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 the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.”
Verse 15 says, “And Moses built an altar and called its name, The-Lord-Is-My-Banner!”
Verse 12 makes me wonder about our President’s strength and stamina through this pandemic. Are we effectively holding up his hands through prayer? The Lord set him in office for such a time as this. The Lord knew the pandemic would come. We didn’t.
Revelation 8:4 says, “And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel’s hand.”
Years ago as, I read verse 5, I had a radical thought. The verse says, “Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and threw it to the earth. And there were noises, thunderings, lightnings, and an earthquake.”
My thought was this: when the golden bowls of Revelation 5:8 are full of the prayers of the saints for a specific cause, the angel will add fire from the altar and cast it down upon the earth. It will create a cataclysmic result that will usher in the Lord’s deliverance for the need.
Galatians 6:9 says, “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we faint not.”
Let’s keep filling the bowls! Let the fire come and set hearts aflame with repentance to life! Let the fire from the altar consume the virus and set the world free from its tentacles!