3.  JEHOVAH-NISSI: “Jehovah, my banner.”

And Joshua did as Moses told him and fought against Amalek, and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. So it came about when Moses held his hand up. So that Israel prevailed, and when he let his hand down, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands were heavy. Then they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it; Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side and one on the other. Thus his hands were steady until the sunset. So Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write this in a book as a memorial, and recite it to Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven.” And Moses built an altar and named it, The Lord Is My Banner; and he said, “The Lord has sworn; the Lord will have a war against Amalek from generation to generation” Exod. 17.10-16.

MEANING The Lord our Banner, a sign of deliverance and salvation, the standard of our victory in life’s conflicts.

A banner is translated: pole, ensign, standard; among the Jews, it is a word associated with the miracle.

It was a sign to God’s people to rally to Him. The banner stood for His cause, His battle.

The banner of Jehovah held aloft in Moses’ upraised hands brought victory to His people. This is always assured to the people of God-victory over the powers of evil, the enemy of our souls when His banner is over us.

Isaiah predicts a rod to come forth out of the stem of Jesse. This stem or root is also a sign, a banner to the people. The stem of Jesse is Jesus, born of the seed of David according to the flesh. Jesus is our banner of redemption, our banner of welfare.

With Jehovah-Jesus as our banner, we may go from strength to strength, giving thanks to God, “who always leads us in His triumph in Christ Jesus” 2 Cor 2:14.


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