Whose Banner Are You Flying?

14 And the Lord said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven. 15 And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovah-nissi: 16 For he said, Because the Lord hath sworn that the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.

Exodus 17:14-16

 Israel was in another battle; this time against Amalek. Moses sent Joshua out to the battle while he stood on top of a hill. Moses still had his rod, and he lifted it up to the heavens. As long as he did that, Israel was winning. When he got tired and lowered his arms, Amalek prevailed. So Aaron and Hur held up Moses’ arms, and Israel won the battle.

To memorialize the victory, Moses built an altar. He named the altar “Jehovah-nissi” which is translated “the Lord is my banner.” This represented Moses holding up his arms as a banner. It can also be appropriately applied to Jesus Christ, who is both altar and sacrifice, and He is our priest who is lifted up as a banner, a standard, or ensign in the everlasting Gospel. It is Jesus who gathers souls unto Him, enlists them under Him to prepare for battle, and encourages them against this world’s spiritual enemies.

Standards, banners, or flags are used to represent many things. In the Queen’s palace in London, the Queen’s standard is flown to show that she is indeed in the palace. When a passer-by does not see her standard, it is known that the Queen is not in.

When someone sees or hears you, whose standard or banner are you “flying?” Can others see Jesus at “home in your heart” by the banner you lift up? Are you following Jesus into spiritual battle and showing others the way to go? The Lord must be the banner we raise that shows that we follow the one and only true God, and we are a part of His army.

One more point. Prior to 1964, Kenya was a colony of England. The British flag flew over Kenya. On December 12, 1964, the Republic of Kenya was recognized. The British flag came down, and the Kenyan flag was raised. Both flags could not fly over this new independent nation.

Similarly, we can’t raise up two different banners. We cannot raise up the Lord’s banner one day, and then the world’s banner the next. We either show one or the other. At one time or another, we all “flew” the fleshly banner of this world. But when Jesus touches our heart, that banner comes down, and His goes up!

So whose banner are you flying?

© 2015 Charles A. Kalkomey

October 4, 2015