The Lord My Banner {Thankful Thursdays}

Moses had a great responsibility as leader of 2 million people during the years of the Exodus. With that many people, there were bound to be problems. The Bible talks of grumbling over food and water several times and while those are worthy things to be upset about, grumbling is never the proper thing to do. Sometimes the Israelites had to go to battle for their survival and to take the land God promised to them. During those years, God knew what He was doing, and He became The Lord My Banner for His people.
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(Jehovah - Nissi) The Lord My Banner


The Israelites found themselves up against Amalek. While Joshua led the battle, Moses was at the top of the hill with the rod of God in his hand. (Exodus 17:9) While the battle raged on, Moses held up his hands and Israel prevailed. When his hands lowered, Amalek prevailed. It is not possible for one to keep their arms up for long periods of time; Aaron and Hur helped by holding up the arms of Moses throughout the day. At sundown, Joshua and the Israelites won a great victory in this battle.

I can't help wondering if the people thought Joshua deserved a memorial in honor of his obedience and bravery; he deserved it, but none was built. Instead, Moses built an altar to honor the Lord, and he called it Jehovah-Nissi --The Lord My Banner.(Exodus 17:15)

Just like the Israelites, we face battles.  Some are God chosen while others are because we chose a different path than God's. Either kind of battle cannot be won in our own strength. We have to let the Lord - Jehovah-Nissi lead the way so we can trust on Him to win the victory.

Jesus Christ is our Banner. Let’s lift Him up daily because He will give us the perfect victory over every enemy.


20 comments

  1. I just finished reading a book about Moses -- how his objections to leadership were addressed by God at the burning bush. (shared in the linkup) And now reading your words -- what a turn around God makes when we open our hearts to His plan.

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  2. I love this particular name of God so much. (Not that any of His names are "bad," but this one just resonates in a special way for me.) I picture the idea of one of those college flags people attach to their cars on game days--declaring whose team they're on and their loyalty to it. To me, that's the idea behind Jehovah Nissi. God is declaring His love, devotion, and loyalty to us. And so, too, we fly our God banner and declare that we're on "Team God"! :) Thank you for hosting Thankful Thursdays, Lori!

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  3. As I read your words, I kept thinking, "his banner over me is love." what a blessing to know he goes before me, knows the future and the outcome. I can trust him and rest in his loving faithfulness. Blessings to you!

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  4. Lori, I hadn't thought about the people may have wanted to build a monument to their general, Joshua. That is what people do today. Moses gave God glory. What an important lesson for individuals, groups, and nations who fear the Lord.

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  5. What a great way to start the day Lori! A reminder that God is over us. Watching,protecting, loving and encouraging us.(so much more than we even realize) He gives us the strength and grace that we need for each day. May we always have the humility and thankfulness that Moses showed back then as we remember what our God does for us. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful name of God today. Blessings to you and yours my friend!

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  6. Your opening comments about complaining in the desert about food and drink remind me of Jesus’s words in the Sermon on the Mount. I’ve been memorizing Matthew 6 so I hear in my head: “Why are you anxious about what you will eat or what you will drink?” Same problems then as now. :) So grateful that we can still have the Lord as our banner too!

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  7. I enjoyed your post and am glad to have found your Thankful Thursday link up.

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  8. Thanks for visiting and linking up. I'm looking forward to getting to know you through your blog.

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  9. There is so much I wanted to share about this chapter, but I couldn't get the words to flow. Maybe one day, I'll be able to share what I had on my heart about these two situations. I'm so thankful the Lord is our banner.

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  10. Yes, yes, yes! Humility and thankfulness, I want those to be in my life at all times. Thank you Horace, for always leaving such encouraging comments. Have a great weekend!

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  11. I'm thankful Moses gave God the glory. It is a wonderful example for many to see and follow even when others do deserve some recognition.

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  12. Deb, I sang the little song several times after writing this. I'm thankful the Lord goes before me and knows what is ahead before I even take a step.

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  13. Elizabeth, for the life of me, I could not find a picture of a banner I liked enough to use. I kept finding war flags but nothing that would show loyalty without the threat of war. I have my banner flying! Have a great weekend.

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  14. I can't wait to read your link, Michele. You are right, when our hearts are open for the Lord, He does some amazing things. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  15. Lori, what a great reminder that the Lord is a banner over us, that He leads us into battle and deserves all the glory! Thanks, too, for hosting. Week-end blessings!

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  16. Thank you Lori, I always enjoy reading thankful Thursday. Love you.

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  17. Just like the Israelites, we face battles. Some are God chosen while others are because we chose a different path than God’s. Either kind of battle cannot be won in our own strength. We have to let the Lord – Jehovah-Nissi lead the way so we can trust on Him to win the victory.

    Amen! Love this post, Lori!

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  18. Thank you, Donna. I'm thankful the Lord is a banner over us and provides the leading and protection we need.

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  19. Thank you, Lori, have a wonderful weekend.

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