Now as a child on the basketball team when chosen to be the team captain you were assigned a similar task, that is to pick out from the remaining players who would be on your team, always it paid great winning dividends to know each player and choose from amongst the best. That is not to say that some were not considered, but merely to say that the first choice would be the notable best players, as it is we all want to win! So Joshua chose men fit for the task at hand as Moses had directed him. Next we see Moses and his commission as he has assigned this unto himself by God’s direction, and it may seem to some that Moses had the easier of the two tasks, but we will find this to be in error, as we see Moses grow weary.
So Moses chose elders to go to the hill top with him, and it was a very good decision that he should not go alone. Too often in our pride we will say or think that we are able to manage without anyone’s help. Moses commission along with the two chosen elders that accompanied him was to go up to the top of the hill and begin to pray and praise God with his arms lifted high, holding the rod of God up unto the Lord as a banner, as a symbol to all that God was being called upon to join in this battle against Amalek. Soon we will take focus on the power of prayer and praise! But for now take note, we see here Moses and the Israelites under attack from the Amalekites. We see Moses’ commission unto Joshua to choose out men for battle.
Now this battle, as with any battle, it requires suitable men, trained, skilled, and of Godly loyalty and courage, lest they should choose flight over fight when the time came to do battle. Every day we are asked by God to choose which side of the battle we will be on, as Joshua has said in times past unto all, “Choose you this day whom you will serve, as for me and my house we will serve the Lord!” Joshua 24:15 and also daily we are instructed to choose to be surrounded by like-minded brothers and sisters in Christ as we will be strengthened in our own life, as we read,
“Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.” Proverbs 27:17
So we see why Moses chose Joshua for this task and by this we can assume that the chosen men were skilled, loyal, brave, and faithful to take on these intruding bullies, the Amalekites.