Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write this in a book as a memorial and recite it to Joshua, that I will utterly wipe out the memory of Amalek from under heaven.” – Exodus 17:14
Even though we may be familiar with the story of the Israelite exodus from Egypt (who hasn’t seen The Ten Commandments), some of the details have often been overlooked, such as the attack by and the defeat of the Amalekites.
These descendants of Esau (Jacob’s brother) saw a golden opportunity to rout their traveling cousins (the Israelites) as they headed to meet God at Mt. Sinai, and sought to destroy them. Of course, Israel, by God’s hand and Moses’ uplifted arms, was victorious and the entire event was recorded for later reference as a reminder for Joshua of God’s power. This memorial also came with a devastating promise, the Amalekites would one day be completely annihilated.
Hundreds of years later, the prophet Samuel directed King Saul to utterly destroy the Amalekites and though Saul failed, God did not. The lesson is this, God’s “paybacks” are assuredly complete upon those who oppose His people and His purposes. Yes, God is gracious and loving, but His enemies will all be ultimately wiped out.
If we desire to understand the power of Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross, then we must not ignore the wrath of an Almighty Father on His throne.
Jesus did not die just to give us peace and a purpose in life; he died to save us from the wrath of God. – Jerry Bridges