When a bad man has a son who goes bad, how bad is that?
Genesis 36:15-16 When Esau gave birth to Amalek, Israel's enemies went from bad to worse.
These are the chiefs of the sons of Esau. The sons of Eliphaz, the firstborn of Esau, are chief Teman, chief Omar, chief Zepho, chief Kenaz, chief Korah, chief Gatam, chief Amalek. These are the chiefs descended from Eliphaz in the land of Edom; these are the sons of Adah.
Exodus 17:14-16 Amalek tried to stop Israel as they traveled from Egypt to Canaan.
Then the LORD said to Moses, "Write this in a book as a memorial and recite it to Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven." Moses built an altar and named it The LORD is My Banner; and he said, "The LORD has sworn; the LORD will have war against Amalek from generation to generation."
Numbers 13:27-29 The fear of Amalek kept Israel from entering Canaan for forty years.
Thus they [the ten unbelieving spies] told him, and said, "We went in to the land where you sent us; and it certainly does flow with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. Nevertheless, the people who live in the land are strong, and the cities are fortified and very large…. Amalek is living in the land of the Negev…"
Deuteronomy 25:17-19 17 Never forget make Amalek forgotten.
Remember what Amalek did to you along the way when you came out from Egypt, how he met you along the way and attacked among you all the stragglers at your rear when you were faint and weary; and he did not fear God. Therefore it shall come about when the LORD your God has given you rest from all your surrounding enemies, in the land which the LORD your God gives you as an inheritance to possess, you shall blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven; you must not forget.
Judges 3:12-13 Amalek stole the land of Israel after they entered the land.
Now the sons of Israel again did evil in the sight of the LORD. So the LORD strengthened Eglon the king of Moab against Israel, because they had done evil in the sight of the LORD. And he gathered to himself the sons of Ammon and Amalek; and he went and defeated Israel, and they possessed the city of the palm trees.
Judges 6:3-4 Amalek destroyed the fruit of the land of Israel during the Judges of Israel.
For it was when Israel had sown, that the Midianites would come up with the Amalekites and the sons of the east and go against them. So they would camp against them and destroy the produce of the earth as far as Gaza, and leave no sustenance in Israel as well as no sheep, ox, or donkey.
1 Samuel 15:32-33 Israel failed to destroy the Amalekites during the Kings of Israel.
Then Samuel said, "Bring me *Agag, the king of the Amalekites." And Agag came to him cheerfully. And Agag said, "Surely the bitterness of death is past." But Samuel said, "As your sword has made women childless, so shall your mother be childless among women." And Samuel hewed Agag to pieces before the LORD at Gilgal.
*Agag seems to be a royal title for the kings of Amalek, something like "pharaoh" is the royal title for the kings of Egypt.
1 Samuel 30:13-15 No freed servant of Amalek wants to return to the service of Amalek!
David said to him, "To whom do you belong? And where are you from?" And he said, "I am a young man of Egypt, a servant of an Amalekite; and my master left me behind when I fell sick three days ago. "We made a raid on the Negev of the Cherethites, and on that which belongs to Judah, and on the Negev of Caleb, and we burned Ziklag with fire." Then David said to him, "Will you bring me down to this band?" And he said, "Swear to me by God that you will not kill me or deliver me into the hands of my master, and I will bring you down to this band."
Esther 3:1 Agag-Amalek tried to destroy the people of Israel during the Exile.
After these events King Ahasuerus promoted *Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, and advanced him and established his authority over all the princes who were with him.
*Haman appears to be a descendant from the royal line of Amalek.
Psalm 83:13-18 A Prayer, A Psalm, A Song to God against Amalek
O my God, make them like the whirling dust,
Like chaff before the wind.
Like fire that burns the forest
And like a flame that sets the mountains on fire,
So pursue them with Your tempest
And terrify them with Your storm.
Fill their faces with dishonor,
That they may seek Your name, O LORD.
Let them be ashamed and dismayed forever,
And let them be humiliated and perish,
That they may know that You alone, whose name is the LORD,
Are the Most High over all the earth.
God's people have persistent enemies! Amalek was the enemy of Israel from the day of Esau to the end of the Old Testament and probably today also. He tried to keep them from entering their promised inheritance. When he failed to do that, he tried to rob them of fruit and enjoyment of their inheritance, and then tried to destroy Israel when they were again removed from the land. He attempted to turn the rod of God's discipline into a sword to destroy the people of God.
Saved men and women have persistent enemies today also. Even after we are delivered from sin by the blood of the Passover Lamb, the flesh (my own sin nature) tries to keep me from the blessing of my inheritance. It uses the same schemes as Amalek, and we have war with the flesh from generation to generation until the redemption of our body.
For those who wish to overcome, God grants them help and victories, and rewards for succeeding. Every generation of believers has men and women who have had victory over Amalek. Joshua, Caleb, David. In the New Testament Paul recognized that he was fighting a battle against an enemy like Amalek.
1 Co. 9:25-27 We are running to win a race against our own flesh.
Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.
1 Peter 2:11 We are warring to win a victory over our own sin nature.
Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul.
The battle is on. May the Lord give you a victory today! Your God is greater than the *baddest son of the baddest man in history! The worst enemy will soon be crushed beneath the feet of Jesus.
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* "Baddest" is bad English. We should say "worst." Therefore baddest is worse than the worst.
For me to live is Christ.