While the people of Israel were still at Rephidim, the warriors of Amalek attacked them.
~Exodus 17:8, NIrV
No good can come from a compromise with evil
The Amalekites were descendants of Esau we think. They were nomads who roamed the Negev, the very southern part of Israel. For the most part, the wilderness was their home. They were blood drinking scavengers. They did not work, they made their living stealing from others. They were human vultures, a people of prey, always looking for an opportunity to take advantage of the weak and helpless. Rarely did that attack head to head but Israel was camped at Rephidim and there was no water. The Israelites were exhausted and discouraged so the Amalekites swooped in for the kill but they got a shock. Due to the intercession of Moses, the Israelites withstood the vicious attack. The Amalekites disappear into the wilderness but follow the Israelites at a distance picking off the stragglers. Moses said in Deuteronomy 25…
17 “Never forget what the Amalekites did to you as you came from Egypt.
18 They attacked you when you were exhausted and weary, and they struck down those who were straggling behind. They had no fear of God.
19 Therefore, when the LORD your God has given you rest from all your enemies in the land he is giving you as a special possession, you must destroy the Amalekites and erase their memory from under heaven. Never forget this!
The Amalekites represent pure and unadulterated evil. They represent those who have given themselves over to the dark side of impurity. They had no fear of God, no moral restraint and no inclination to do good. They could not even be tempted to do evil because they have no concept of good. They were reprobates who did not know good from evil and were beyond redemption. Avoid them, shun them, have nothing to do with them because no good can come from it. Don’t cast your pearls before swine, give not that which is holy to the dogs. They have no discernment of the sacred and they with tear it to pieces. Make no compromise with evil.
On this day is 2000, I didn’t do that much. I did take mother to Greenbrier for supper on Daddy’s birthday which was yesterday. Keith and I were preparing for our trip to Venezuela. I can’t believe that was 17 years ago. That’s the trip were Ken tried to con Keith and I into eating a hog ear sandwich. The hair was still on the hog. Keith and I decided to fast, Ken ate the sandwich.
This cold damp weather has my knees aching but the good news is: I am taking June to the doctor today which means I will be inside. Hey, I got a project completed yesterday: I got my tag on my trailer. I almost got my lav installed in my man cave.. All I lack is the drain. The seven day forecast doesn’t look to good but the 14 day looks better. We have a couple of warm days next week and then we go down into the 50’s again. Of course, the weather folks are wrong more than 50% of time.
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