In Exodus 17:8 the Amalekites attack the children of Israel. The Amalekites were a tribe of wanderers that lived in the region. Moses instructed Joshua to get together a group of men to go fight back in the morning. Moses’ job is going to be to watch from the hill above and hold up the rod that God has had Moses use to perform so many miracles.
So the next morning Joshua sets out with his men and they begin to fight the Amalekites. Meanwhile, Moses is on the hill holding up the staff (or rod). As long as Moses holds up the staff, the Israelites are winning, but when he lets his hands down they start to lose. Now can you imagine how tired his arms must be getting? They have probably been at this for hours! But Moses’ helpers, Aaron and Hur, helped him out. They got him a stone to sit on and then they each got on one side and held up his arms. The Bible tells us that they stayed that way till the sun went down!
But what happened with Joshua? Well he and his men defeated the Amalekites! Each man had a job to do and they did it so they were able to gain victory! If Aaron and Hur hadn’t done their job as helpers, Moses would not have been able to do his job and Joshua would have lost the battle. Every job is important, no matter how big or small. Remember, just because you aren’t the leader, does not mean you are not important. Do your best at everything you do because it is all necessary!
Time each person in the family holding up a heavy object (like a gallon of milk) for as long as they can. Then have the person who did it the longest hold it again with the help of others. Can you double your time? Working together makes the job easier!