The Israelite exodus is underway. The Lord has saved his people from slavery, oppressive government, and pursuing enemies. Frustration mounts as the parched Israelites again wonder if it wouldn’t have been better to die in Egypt. The people ask,
Is the LORD here with us or not? Exodus 17:7 (NLT)
The question gets asked, and in the next verse we find the Amalekites attacking the children of Israel. Is God here or not?
Joshua gathered the army, Moses raised the “staff of God” in the air, and as long as Moses’ arms were in the air the Israelite army had success. Reinforcements, Aaron and Hur, held Moses’ arms throughout the day until finally Joshua’s troops overwhelmed Amalek’s forces.
Yes, God is here. In the middle of the wilderness, despair and attack.
Moses built an altar there and named it Yahweh-Nissi (which means ‘the LORD is my banner’). Exodus 17: 15 (NLT)
The banners of nations, the colors, are found leading parades, rallying the people, and staking ground. The Noah Webster 1828 Dictionary defines a banner as “the principal standard of a prince or state.”
Commemorating the moment, Moses acknowledges that the battle belonged to the Lord, the people were His, and He was there.
Yes, God is here, and He is my banner.
In what ways do you experience God as your Yahweh-Nissi (your banner)?
I’d love to hear about it.