14 And the LORD said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven. 15 And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovah nissi: 16 For he said, Because the LORD hath sworn that the LORD will have war with Amalek from generation to generation. -Exodus 17:14-16
Where we read, the children of Israel had just had a victory over the Amelekites in Rephidim. This is where Moses, Aaron and Hur went on top of the hill as Joshua led the children of Israel in battle with the Amelekites. The Amalekites were descendants of Esau who sold his birth-right and lost his blessing.
And Timna was the concubine of Eliphaz Esau’s son; and she bore Amalek to Eliphaz: these were the sons of Adah Esau’s wife. -Genesis 36:12
The Amalekites lived in the Negev desert, that is the desert between Egypt and Canaan. They lived right in the path of the children of Israel as they journeyed from Egypt to the promised land. They had the bitterness of their ancestor Esau who sold his birth-right and lost his blessing. Because of this, they did not want the children of Israel to come into their destiny. So, they were determined to stand in the way of Israel and rob them of their destiny.
The Amalekites later joined with the Canaanites and attacked the Israelites at Hormah (Numbers 14:45). In Judges they banded with the Moabites (Judges 3:13) and the Midianites (Judges 6:3) to wage war on the Israelites.
They were responsible for the repeated destruction of the Israelites’ land and food supply. They were determined in their quest to rob Israel of their destiny.
“Thus says the Lord of hosts: I will punish the Amalekites for what they did to Israel when they waylaid them as they came up from Egypt. 3 Now go, attack the amalekites and totally destroy everything that belongs to them. Do not spare them, put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.” -1 Samuel 15:2–3
The Lord instructed Saul to destroy the Amalekites. In response, King Saul first warned the Kenites, friends of Israel, to leave the area. He then attacked the Amalekites but did not complete the task. He allowed the Amalekite King Agag to live, took plunder for himself and his army, and lied about the reason for doing so.
Saul’s rebellion against God and His commands was so serious that he was rejected by God as king (1 Samuel 15:23).
The escaped Amalekites continued to harass and plunder the Israelites in successive generations that spanned hundreds of years. 1 Samuel 30 reports an Amalekite raid on Ziklag, a village where David lived at one time. The Amalekites burned the village and took captive all the women and children, including two of David’s wives. David and his men defeated the Amalekites and rescued all the hostages. However, a few hundred Amalekites escaped once again.
Remember what the Amalekites did to you along the way when you came out of Egypt. When you were weary and worn out, they met you on your journey and attacked all who were lagging behind [typically women and children]: they had no fear of God. When the LORD your God gives you rest from all the enemies around you in the land he is giving you to possess as an inheritance, you shall blot out the name of Amalek from under heaven. Do not forget!” – Deuteronomy 25:17–19
Moses reminds the children of Israel what the Amalekites had done to them as they came out of captivity and what Israel should do to them. They were to blot out their name from under heaven.
After these things did king Ahasuerus promoted Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, and advanced him, and set his seat above all the princes that were with him. -Esther 3:1
Haman the Agagite, was a descendant of the Amalekite king Agag, who was spared by Saul when God had commanded him to utterly destroy the Amalekites. The Amalekites reared their ugly head again in an attempt to destroy the children of Israel. However this time they did not escape.
Thus the Jews defeated all their enemies with the stroke of the sword, with slaughter and destruction, and did what they pleased with those that hated them. -Esther 9:5,10 V10 The ten sons of Haman the son of Hammedatha, the enemy of the Jews, they killed; but they did not lay their hand on the plunder.
God saved the Jews in Persia, however, and Haman, his sons, and the rest of Israel’s enemies were destroyed instead. The Amalekites’ hatred of the Jews and their repeated attempts to destroy God’s people led to their ultimate doom. However, this spirit reared it’s ugly head again in our history when Adolf Hitler also tried to completely destroy Jews.
16 For he said, Because the LORD hath sworn that the LORD will have war with Amalek from generation to generation. -Exodus 17:16
This battle for inheritance will be in every generation because the Lord has sworn that He will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.
The Amalekites represent inheritance, birth-right and destiny robbers- the tares. They represent those spirits which are bent on making sure that you do not come into your destiny. They will hound you at every turn and will not tire.
Some of them are the things that God told you to utterly destroy in your life but you did not.
• That anger that you refuse to let go will come back to destroy you.
• That lust you are clinging to will be your downfall.
• That small house and Ben ten that you secretly have will be your undoing.
God said destroy all. If you don’t, you will never fulfil your destiny. These are ruthless spirits which will stop at nothing to rob you of your destiny.
The only way to defeat them is to Know the Name of God – Jehovah Nissi, the Lord our banner; our victory.
Pastor Gibson Ngulube
AFM Midrand Restoration Centre