Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Jehovah Nissi – The Lord our Banner
Exodus 17:8-16 – Now Amalek came and fought with Israel in Rephidim. And Moses said to Joshua, “Choose us some men and go out, fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand.” So Joshua did as Moses said to him, and fought with Amalek. And Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands became heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. So Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write this for a memorial in the book and recount it in the hearing of Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.” And Moses built an altar and called its name, The-Lord-Is-My-Banner; for he said, “Because the Lord has sworn: the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.”
- Rod of God – Moses stood on top of the hill with the rod of God. This was a simple shepherd’s crook. This was the one that in Egypt Moses threw on the ground and it became a snake. It was a symbol of the cross on top of the hill Calvary.
- Three men – Moses, Aaron, Hur – symbolic of Christ and the two thieves on the cross.
- When Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed in battle. When we lift up the Lord in prayer, we will prevail. John 12:32 – And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. When we slack off in prayer, the enemy begins to prevail.
- Moses’ hands became heavy so he sat down. Aaron and Hur supported his hands. In the garden, Jesus was weary in prayer. James, John and Peter could not watch even one hour. Sometimes we need to have help and support in prayer by others when we become weary with care. Sometimes we need to help and support others when they become weary with care.
- Jehovah Nissi – The Lord is Our Banner – Isaiah 59:19 says “When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.” That standard is Jehovah Nissi – The Lord is Our Banner. USA has a standard – we pledge allegiance to it. Jesus is our standard – Jehovah Nissi.
- Moses built an altar – praised and worshipped God. When we are victorious, we should want to praise and worship the Lord also.
- The enemy in this passage was Amalek – symbolic of Satan, of Satan’s hostility toward God and every Christian who walks with God.
- God declared “I will utterly destroy – blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.” In the meantime, Amalek was a thorn in the flesh of Israel. This constant battle with Amalek also represents the spiritual war we fight with Satan even today. Satan is hostile toward you if you belong to Jesus. But remember – Jehovah Nissi – the Lord’s Banner will prevail. Satan will ultimately be destroyed.
Amalek was the grandson of Esau, Jacob’s brother. Esau was a despiser of holy things. He sold his birthright (Genesis 25).
- God despised Esau because of his wickedness.
Malachi 1:3-4 – But Esau I have hated, and laid waste his mountains and his heritage for the jackals of the wilderness. Even though Edom has said, “We have been impoverished, but we will return and build the desolate places,” thus says the Lord of hosts: “They may build, but I will throw down; they shall be called the Territory of Wickedness, and the people against whom the Lord will have indignation forever.”
- Why did Amalek constantly come against Israel? To destroy the seed that would produce Christ. Satan is against things holy. But the Lord – Jehovah Nissi – our banner over us, our standard bearer, is with us.
- We see conflict again with Amalek when God pronounced judgment on Israel for not wanting to enter the Promised Land (Numbers 14). This was a spiritual low for Israel, a time of doubt, not claiming God’s promises. When we turn our faces from God, Satan comes after us too. No more banner of protection. We have turned our backs on God; we do not have His protection. You need to walk under the banner and protection of the Lord. He is your only hope.
Next time we see Amalek is when Saul refused to kill Agag, the Amalekite’s king (1 Samuel 15). Samuel took a sword and killing Agag himself saying,
1 Samuel 15:22 – to obey is better than sacrifice.
Later David battled the Amalekites. Still later, Hezekiah also battled them. You see, Satan never gives up, but God’s standard is lifted high for those who choose to follow the Lord in obedience.
Haman, in Queen Esther’s day, was a descendent of Agag. What was his role? He wanted to destroy all the Jews, all of Israel. Again, an attempt to destroy the “seed” Christ Jesus. Did he succeed?
NO! The banner, the standard of God prevailed. Queen Esther made the statement, “Who knows if I have come to the throne for such a time as this?” She lifted the standard high and God prevailed.
1 Peter 5: 8 – Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
Why did Israel have constant problems with Amalek? Because they continued to sin, to do their own thing.
1 Corinthians 10:11 – Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.
Paul is telling us “all the wars, the battles, the conflicts happened to Israel for our instruction. In other words, follow the standard, swear allegiance to the banner – Jehovah Nissi (Christ Jesus). Make up your mind to serve and trust God. God will win the battle for you. You have no need to fight – the battle is not yours, but the Lord’s.
Ephesians 6:12 – For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Stay rallied around the banner, the cross, the standard that will prevail. He is faithful that promised.
Zechariah 3:7 – Thus says the Lord of hosts: “If you will walk in My ways, and if you will keep My command,
then you shall also judge My house, and likewise have charge of My courts; I will give you places to walk
among these who stand here.”