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(The Lord My Banner)
Jehovah Nissi / The Banner of the Cross / Jehovah Nissi - The God of Victory / Jehovah-Nissi (Exd 17:15) Jehovah Nisi / JehovahNissi
"to become" or "to become known" — this denotes a God who reveals Himself unceasingly. Nes (nês), from which Nissi derived, means "banner" in Hebrew. In Exd 17:15, Moses, recognizing that the Lord was
The children of Israel during their wilderness wanderings encountered the Amalekites. The Israelites were strangers to conflict or warfare. They had lived in Egyptian bondage for 400 years, and because they were slaves they had no experience with open conflict. Exodus 17 gives the account of conflict with the Amalekites at Rephidim. The Amalekites, a numerous and powerful people, were descendants of Esau; furthermore, they were the persistent and hereditary enemies of Israel. The battle was fierce, long and severe. Of course, Israel was ill-equipped, ill-disciplined and inexperienced in hand to hand combat, whereas the Amalekites were a formidable foe. The fortunes of battle swayed back and forth. Joshua, Moses’ captain, led the forces of Israel. Moses stood on the top of the mountain and held the rod of God in his hand. As long as Moses held his hand high with the rod of God the Israelites prevailed, but Moses became tired and weary. When his hands came to his side, the forces of Amalek prevailed. So Aaron and Hur, one on one side of Moses and the other on the other side, set Moses on a rock with the rod in his hand lifted toward heaven and the battle was won by the Israelites. The armies of Amalek were completely vanquished. 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” (Exodus 17:14). Verses 15, 16 read, “And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it J ehovah-nissi: for he said, ‘Because the LORD hath sworn that the LORD will have war with Amalek from generation to generation’. ” The Hebrew word from which nissi comes is nes meaning standard, banner or ensign; it could mean rod. Jehovah-nissi means “the LORD is my banner or rod.” The battle is the Lord’s; however, “blood, sweat and tears” are demanded of God’s people.
Israel's banner under which they defeated the Amalekites, builds an altar named Jehovah-Nissi (the Lord our Banner). Nes is sometimes translated as a pole with an insignia attached. In battle opposing nations would fly their own flag on a pole at each of their respective front lines. This was to give their soldiers a feeling of hope and a focal point.
In America we understand what the banner or flag means to us in terms of loyalty and dedication. The standard, banner or flag of a country is a symbol of honor and dedication, and the “white flag” means surrender. There have been many times that soldiers have rallied to the flag when battle-weary and almost defeated. Countless of the military have perished to keep their flag flying victoriously. David, the Psalmist, wrote (Psalm 20:5; 60:4), “We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banner s; the LORD fulfill all thy petitions...Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth.”
FOCUS THOUGHT - Jehovah Nissi , through the BLOOD OF JESUS - God is our banner of encouragement to give us hope, forgiveness and a focal point to gather and stand against satan - at the sight of Jesus on the Cross! The Roman soldier pierces His side with the spear, and out comes the "last drop of blood" - It IS Finished!
But how did He get to that "place of the skull" , GOLGATHA? Let's go backward and see "the blood trail" left for you and me.