Mhm Good morning and welcome. This is Pastor lucy painter with your daily insight. It's a New Week and we continue with our series, The battle's front line, wow their military times. We're talking about battles and we're talking about the art of war and today we continue with the series and there are several well known classical Manu Valls used in warfare which have proven effective for hundreds of years. We can talk about several of them. There is penetration of the center, attacking from a defensive position, feigning retreat, indirect approaches, single envelopment among others. Today are more interested in the last maneuver that I have mentioned, the single envelopment tactic and we'll see why when we start reading to these creatures.
This maneuver was used in the famous battle of Wroclaw. Oy, I'm calling it famous but maybe it's not our famous because until I read about it and that's when I heard about it, you know, he might be hearing about it today. Okay, so this maneuver uses a strong force to attack the opponent from the side. The attacking force uses what is called a holding attack and are holding attack is meant to hold the enemy on one position because they cannot tell where the main attack is going to come from. This means that they cannot reinforce the troops repelling the main attack because they don't even know which attack is the main one and which attack is meant to distract them. When they reinforced they end up committing their reserves prematurely and to the wrong location and this is how the battle of Wroclaw was one. So let me tell you a little bit about employ.
So Rachael, I was a fortified city and the Spaniard called it the gate of Champagne. It was one of the best fortresses in France, an attractive target for the Spaniards. So on May, on the 19th May nine, that is in 16 43 the Spaniard besieged the city after several, I failed attempts by the french army to stop the Spaniards louis, the Prince of court ordered a huge calvary and supplement and ran a sweeping attack behind the spanish army who are still trying to fight the reserves from the side. So the Spaniards were defeated and they fled, leaving their weapons behind. And this victory is considered to be the turning point of the perceived invisibility of the spanish war tactics. So that's how they lost. You know that envelopment.
All right, so let's go to override it because the bible tells us of a similar attack that was launched against the Israelites by the um Alex after they had crossed the red scene and sodas 17 8 to 16 says. Now, um along came and fought with Israel in refugee and moses said to Joshua choose us some men and go out fight with a melon. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the Rod of God in my hand. So Joshua did as moses said to him and fought with um Alex and moses are on a whole went up to the top of the hill. And so it was when moses held up his head that Israel prevailed and when he let down his head um alike prevailed. But moses hands became heavy So they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it and Aaron and who supported his hands on one side and the other on the other side and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.
So Joshua defeated um elect and his people with the edge of the sword. Then the Lord said to moses right this for a memorial in the book and recounted in the hearing of to Joshua and that I will actually block out the remembrance of a Matlock from under the sun and moses built an altar and called its name the Lord is my banner for he said because the Lord has soon the Lord will have war with a Matlock from generation to generation wow. So let's dig a little bit about this. And it is important to understand at this point that um Malek was a grandson of the south, the brother to Jacob and these were relatives. And if you read the rest of the old testament, you realize that the um like what their permanent enemy and given their common assessed ancestry, I believe these people knew that this land had been promised by God to the descendants of Jacob and it's no wonder that they are moving through these lands without any military formation because they didn't expect any attack from their keen who already knew they were coming to claim their inheritance.
And I imagine the Children of Israel, they are breathing a sign of relief after coming from bondage and finally being at home and they thought the battle was over and the moment they relaxed the malachite descendant on them. With this unprovoked attack, they attacked them in the most despicable and treacherous manner. They attacked them from the area where women, Children, the edged the sick and those who carried their luggage work and they smote them. They killed them and took their spoil. You know the trauma me 25 17-18 says remember what America did to you on the way as you were coming out of Egypt, how he met you on the way and attacked your real ranks or the strugglers at your rear. When you are tired and weary, he did not fear God.
Mhm So that's why I got that information. You know this was their fast experience of real mira. Italy battle. Even when they were slaves. God had fought their battles for them. He had defeated the Egyptians for them. He had avoided putting them in direct confrontation with their enemies. But here they were now faced with an enemy they had to engage directly with but moses had seen what the Lord could do. He remembered the Lord who had called him and he told Joshua go fight the America. I was turned on the top of the hill with the Rod of God in my hand. And the word of the Lord says that when the battle began and moss has raised his hands, the Israelites prevailed. When Joshua was physically engaged in battle, moses supported the battle. Behind the scenes. The fate of this battle depended on his intercession, you know, raised hands.
The raised hands mm was Israelites posture during prayer and the word of the Lord says as long as his hands were raised, the Israel had the upper hand and when he lowered his hands there are mullah kites had the upper head and this right here signifies the nature of prayers, passion, commitment and consistence moses had to start praying for them to win. He had to keep praying for them to keep winning. You know, this was the same muscles who had to engage the Egyptians in the physical confrontation. You know the miracles, the drowning of the Egyptians in the red sea, the same muscles who had to strike a rock for it to produce water. The same muscles who saw a real burning bush.
And here he was doing something totally out of habit, A man who had gotten used to a God who had preordained plants, a God who had declared that Israel would come out of bondage and they did a God who had declared that he would take them to the promised land and he did moses could have chosen to ride the wave of disaster until God's plan was fulfilled. Besides God was going to deliver them to cannon anyway. But he reconciled the God he knew with the current situation he prayed, he persisted in prayers like everything depended on it and this is something I want us to adopt as we talk about warfare and battles frontline. You know sometimes we can figure out how prayers are supposed to interact with God free your date plants.
Sometimes we can't tell what prayers are going to change in the situations we are in but that doesn't mean that we should stop praying. That doesn't mean that we should go back to the strategies we've been used to when situations calls for press pray like it matters because it does the times when the only way to win a battle is to fight and there are times when we have to fight and still pray for victims, Times when you have to go to rehab and still pray. Times when you have to get the lawyer is still praying. Times when you have to talk to that teenage child is still praying, time when you have to walk for your college free and study late into the night and still praying. You know sometimes we think that those fights we are talking about are the difficult part but the bible says that moses hands became heavy and are on and who had to find a stone for him to sit on And as they helped lift his hands up and it's true that sometimes prayer is sweet and easy.
Sometimes you pray and feel refreshed. Sometimes you pray and just trying this restored. But time oh let me say this. But sometimes praying can be as difficult as whatever else you have to do to help your situation. It can be exhausting to the point of needing help. And this is why Iran and who are there at the top of the hill with mosses to hold his hands up to stand by his side, to strengthen him in prayer to suffer with him for Israel to partner with him in intercession. And the batter was worn this way with prayer and available instrument. So prayer as you drew prayer violently but do not let aside the practical means that can promote the end you seek in prayer. The word of the Lord say that when the battle was over and moses built an altar and called its name. The Lord is my burner.
He knew that it was. It wasn't only because of their military might that they had worn. He knew the battle had been worn by God's power and their effort. He named that place list. They forgot what they had learned in that place at least they forgot how the victory came about. But we see God promising that this war with the family kites was not over, they were probably going to attack them again. But the Lord promised him forever they would forever be at war with him. I prayed that you do not forget to be vigilant even at times of peace because that's when the enemy attacks pray that even when things are going well for you pray, even when you have means to fight on your own prey, even when you think you have a solution at hand and even as you pray have somebody that can stand by your side, have somebody who can hold you up in prayer when your strength wanes, someone who can suffer with you in prayer, someone who can partner with you in intercession because we are in battle.
A battle with a treacherous enemy, an enemy who won't mind using every despicable whipped on and strategy at his disposal. So pray without ceasing and use the resources the Lord has put at your disposal to. And I pray that the Lord may give you the design meant to know what tactic the enemy is using against. You. May he help you to know where the enemy attack is from so that you may know how to respond so that you do not commit your resources where they they will not help in jesus mighty name Shall. Um this is faster lucy painter with your daily insight and this is battles frontline day six