And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovahnissi: ~Exodus 17:15
One of the greatest symbols of a nation’s sovereignty is its flag. A flag is the identifier for a citizen of a country, an expression of patriotism, and a rallying symbol for conquest and victory. The flag of the United States has boldly proclaimed life, liberty, justice, and freedom. Its colors represent the greatness of its history. Red symbolizes the blood of patriots who shed their blood in dying for this country. White symbolizes justice and liberty for all. Blue is for honor and faithfulness. This morning, we are looking at a flag that is aptly called “Jehovah Nissi,” or “the Lord Our Banner.”
We see the SIGNIFICANCE of this banner.
Moses established an altar at the site where he and Joshua defeated Amalek. They overcame odds that were against them in this battle. The altar gave great prominence to the fact that Israel marched through that wilderness desert with God as their guide, helper, and Lord. It was prayer and the sword that empowered the victory. Moses wanted it to be known that all the honor and glory for their victory was from the Lord.
We see the SIGNAL in this banner.
The name Jehovah Nissi was to be a rallying cry for the people. First, it was to rally them to assembly. We meet together for the worship of God. Second, it was to rally them to unity. Our common cause is the Lord, and not our preferences. Third, it was to rally them to fight the enemy, and not one another. “Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah,” Ps. 60:4.
We see the SUPERNATURAL in this banner.
The very name of this altar represented the awesome, supernatural, and powerful works of God. It was there at Rephidim that God gave them water from a rock. It was there at Rephidim that they defeated Amalek. It was there at Rephidim that God fed them with manna from heaven. We take for granted the mighty power of God, but it is all around us. This banner is a reminder that “God has spoken once: twice have I heard, that power belongeth unto God.”
We see the SATISFACTION in this banner.
Notice it is “the Lord my banner.” It is special to us because there is a personal relationship implied. You can’t wave this banner if the Lord is not your God and Saviour. We sing, “What a fellowship, what a joy divine, leaning on the everlasting arms.” Jehovah Nissi is my personal testimony that I know the Lord. We lift this banner every time we witness and tell others about Him. We lift this banner every time the Word of God is opened and publicly shared.
We see the CITIZENSHIP in this banner.
Jehovah Nissi represents the fact that we are citizens of heaven. It boldly tells others that we are citizens of a country “whose builder and maker is God.” It happily represents that Jesus is my Saviour, and that heaven is my home. “For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ,” Phil. 3:20.
Fly the flag of faith! Lift up high the glory of Jehovah Nissi, the Lord our banner. Be passionate about the Lord and what He has done for you.
Have a passionate God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Deuteronomy 3-4