Hands Up

Date

Sep 15, 2018

Sermon Series

In Israel’s battle with the Amalekites, (Exodus 17) every person had a role. Moses had his role, Aaron and Hur had their roles, and the soldiers had their roles. Some might have wondered why Moses, Aaron and Hur were not on the battlefield. But for Israel to win the battle, they needed to be on the mountaintop. Could this be an example to our families and church families on working within the roles and supporting others with different roles?

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Dear Downers Church Family:

Twelve wins versus four losses. That is a really good season for an NFL team. A 12-4 team would usually be considered one of the favorites to go far into the playoffs and maybe even to the Super Bowl. This was the record of the 2015 Cincinnati Bengals. Actually, on December 13, 2015 the Bengals were 10-2 and would have been the top seed in the AFC playoffs if they started that day. They were a powerhouse defensively and offensively. All of this changed in the first quarter of the Bengals’ week 14 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Bengals had 2nd and Goal on the 4 yard line. Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton was hiked the ball and attempted a short screen pass to his running back Giovani Bernard when Pittsburgh’s defensive end Stephon Tuitt stepped past Bernard and intercepted the pass. The natural instinct of QB Andy Dalton was to go for the tackle so save a touchdown the other direction. In the process, the star QB broke his thumb and was out for the rest of the season and playoffs. The end result was that Pittsburgh won the game and Cincinnati, once a Super Bowl hopeful, would lose the first game of the playoffs.

A small debate arose in the football world: Should a quarterback risk his health for the season just to prevent some yards or even a touchdown? This became a debate because another team’s QB went out of his game a few weeks prior doing the same thing and getting injured on the play. Ultimately, everyone on the team is paid to play a specific role. The quarterback leads the offense with plays, handoffs and passes.  His job is NOT to run the defense. If he tries doing the defense’s job, he will get hurt and they will probably lose.

In Israel’s battle with the Amalekites, (Exodus 17) every person had a role. Moses had his role, Aaron and Hur had their roles, and the soldiers had their roles. Some might have wondered why Moses, Aaron and Hur were not on the battlefield. But for Israel to win the battle, they needed to be on the mountaintop. Could this be an example to our families and church families on working within the roles and supporting others with different roles?

Pastor Kent

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