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Thu, March 7, 2019

This Sunday, March 17, we continue in our message series Knowing God. The name Yahweh Nissi (or Jehovah Nissi) is given in the context of warfare. The Amalekites, who were distantly related to Israel (decedents of Jacob’s brother Esau), suddenly attacked while they were resting at an oasis. Again, Israel had to trust the Lord and depend on Him to defend them. Moses when up on a hill and held out his staff with his hands raised up to the Lord and prayed over the battle. As long as Moses’ hand were lifted up to the Lord, Israel prevailed, but when he lowered his hands, the Amalekites triumphed. So, Aaron and Hur held up Moses’ hands until the battle was won. Moses’s hands outstretched to the Lord raised represented his prayers and, therefore, dependence upon the God of Israel.

Later the Lord told Moses to remember this day. Exodus 17.15-16 says, “Moses built an altar and called it The LORD is my Banner. He said, “Because hands were lifted up against the throne of the Lord, the Lord will be at war against the Amalekites from generation to generation.”

When armies went to battle, the flag would go out in front of them, representing the power and spirit of the nation. Similarly, when Israel fought, God went before them. He led the way, he was their banner. This is not just true for Israel. It is true for us. Our God always goes before us. He makes our paths straight, and he fights our battles. Look at what Paul said to the Ephesians: “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” (Ephesians 6.10-11).

Like Moses keeping his hands up in dependence upon God, we must also depend on God daily. Isaiah 40.31 says, “But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Like Moses, we must wait on the Lord and rely on him. He will fight our battles. The Lord is our banner, and he goes before us to bring us victory.

The LORD is still our Banner! 

Grace and peace,
Jim