“Is God with us or not?” I’m not the first one to repeat the question? The Jews with Moses in the desert had asked this many times or acted as if there were no God. They asked the question before the passage you heard in the Book of Exodus, Moses raising his hands high until the battle with Amalek was won. Had you not known this detail, how the Jews questioned God’s presence among them, then the reading you heard would be meaningless. (Exodus 17: 7-13).
What significance would it have had – had Moses not raised his hands during the battle? That would not have been an issue with the Apostle Paul in his Letter to Timothy we also heard today. Paul’s disciples had studied and understood Sacred Scripture:
what you have learned and believed . . . from infancy [he told them] . . . sacred Scriptures . . . are capable of giving you wisdom for salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. All Scripture [ he continued ] is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that one who belongs to God may be competent, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3: 14-4: 2).