Israel and Amalek

1 02 2010

ISRAEL E-CARD Volume 4 Issue 3 February 1, 2010

Topic # 1   Purim and the Amalekites

Beginning with Moses, Israel has fought Amalekites. Ever since King Saul failed to kill Agag the Amalekite, their descendants have tried to destroy Israel. The story of Esther rose out of the plot of Haman who was an Agagite. Esther’s great victory story is celebrated at this month’s Purim holiday.

Moses defeated them in the famous battle where his hands were held up by Aaron and Hur as Joshua led the fight in Exodus 17. At the end of the chapter, God spoke two apparently contradictory prophesies. Yahweh would blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven, but also, that Israel would fight them in every generation. How can these be reconciled? Easy. Israel faces Amalek in every generation until the very last, and then God’s judgment will be meted out. The spirit of Amalek is now working in Islam.

Topic #2  Netanyahu and Amalek

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu labeled Iran as Amalek last year. Then on 1-27-10 he stood in Poland at Auschwitz and linked the Nazi’s with Amalek: Perhaps a few used their final breath to chant another age-old prayer: Remember what Amalek did to you.  Never forget! To those who were murdered here, and to those who survived the destruction, I come from Jerusalem today with this promise:  We will never forget!   We will never permit those who desecrated this monument to death to distort or wipe away your memory.

We will always remember what Amalek’s Nazi heirs did to you.  We will be prepared to defend ourselves when a new Amalek appears on the stage of history and threatens again to annihilate the Jews.

We will not delude ourselves into believing that the threats, vilifications and Holocaust denials are merely empty words.  We will never forget.  We will always be vigilant.

Amalek! So Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. Then Yahweh said to Moses, “Write this for a memorial in the book and recount it in the hearing of Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.” And Moses built an altar and called its name, Yahweh-Is-My-Banner; for he said, “Because Yahweh has sworn: Yahweh will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.” Exodus 17:13-16

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3 responses

8 02 2010
Wayne C Anderson

So, Les,
Would you say then that Amalek, or the Amalekites, are not a bloodline? Are they a type of people that are against Israel?
Thanks,
Wayne C

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9 02 2010
elishasees

The main characteristics of the spirit of Amalek are genocide and murder with no reasonable basis. Haman in the Esther account was clearly a descendant of Agag, whom Saul failed to kill in Samuel’s day. The spirit is obviously with us today, but not in a clear bloodline.
According to Jewish history, the last traceable Amalekite was Herod. Josephus mentions the connection here: http://books.google.com/books?id=-MSl0S4G03YC&pg=PA8&lpg=PA8&dq=Herod+and+Amalek&source=bl&ots=KI4epmOWM2&sig=_d5EqU6N5iQDZ8teno2u-d2Vq3M&hl=en&ei=XIZxS5OJKYmWtgeb0MXtCQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CAsQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=Herod%20and%20Amalek&f=false

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9 02 2010
Wayne C Anderson

That’s great stuff, Les. Keep it comin’!

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