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Exodus 17:11-12 - As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning.  When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 - Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil.  For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!

Matthew 25:35-36,40 -  For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,  I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’  …The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

1 John 3:16 - This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.

       Backchecking - rushing back to the defensive zone in response to an opposing team's attack, usually done by a forward who is behind the play to stop an enemy’s attack or take away their advantage.  Backchecking can be exhausting, which is why many players don’t do it.  But a good forward will backcheck relentlessly – and it goes deeper than just being a good forward – you’re a good teammate if you backcheck.  It shows a dedication to the success of the team and support for your goalie and defensemen.    You have to exert your energy to come to the aid of your teammates.  Just as every goalie and defenseman wants a forward who backchecks, so every person wants a friend who will exert themselves to come to their aid when they are in need.   

       We have an enemy that is on the attack.  1 Peter 5:8 – Be of sober spirit, be on the alert.  Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.  We need to be personally prepared for these attacks (see Ephesians 6:10-18) – just like the defenseman who is back, or the goalie prepared for shots to come,  but I think most recognize that we need other people also – Just like Moses needed Aaron and Hur.  Moses was not alone – he had someone to pick him up when he fell - Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 - Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil.  For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! 

       Just as Backchecking takes exertion in hockey, so it can in life.  It’s not always easy to carry someone else’s burdens along with your own (Galatians 6:2), and yet at some point in life, we all need it.  Jesus laid down His life for us, and we are called to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters (1 John 3:16).   

        We need others to ‘have our back’ – or to ‘backcheck’ for us, and we are called to be our brother’s keeper, to backcheck for them.  It’s a wonderful dynamic how God created this, that when we serve others in His name He credits us as doing it unto Him, so strengthening both the relationship with our brother and with our Lord.  Matthew 25:40 - Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.

       And remember, Jesus backchecked for you, He ‘rushed back’ all the way from Heaven, exerted Himself to the point of sweating blood to come to your aid (Romans 5:8).  He still backchecks – are you on His team?

Who in your life has ‘backchecked’ for you when you’ve been under attack?  Do you know someone who needs you to backcheck for them right now?

For more reading see – James 2:14-18, 1 John 3:17-18, Acts 2:44-47

 

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