November 24th, 2013: Names of God Series "Jehovah Nissi"

1. Jehovah Nissi: “The LORD is my Banner”

  • Pronounced: juh-HO-vah NEE-see
  • Name of the altar built by Moses after defeating the Amalekites                              (Ex. 17:1-16)
  • The God who is powerful to overcome any enemy
  • Isaiah prophesies that the ”Root of Jesse” (Jesus) will stand as a banner for the peoples      (Is. 11:10-12)

 

Historical) Purpose of the Banner: 

  • Marks of Identification, symbols of ideals
  • Carried the ideals of the army;
  • Aroused devotion to nation or leader
  • Banners first used in Egypt, Babylonia, Persia
  • Carried at the head of an army
  • Planted on a hill so it could be seen from afar
  • Rally point for troops before battle or announcement of a battle already won

 

Banners:

Historical) In Bible times, armies fought under a banner or battle flag that identified their tribe or nation.  Jehovah-Nissi was Moses way of saying that the Israelites in the wilderness did not need such a flag.  The LORD was the banner under which they fought and He had given the victory.

 

First Battle after leaving Egypt; the Amalekites:

  • Amalek was a grandson of Esau     (Gen. 36:12)
  • First nation to oppose Israel        (Num. 24:20)
  • Were numerous and powerful
  • Moved by suspicion and fear, they tried to prevent the passage of Israel to the Promised Land

2. Partner with God for a great victory

  • Joshua courageously led the soldiers to fight the battle
  • Moses stood on top of the hill with uplifted arms to God (interceding for God’s people)
  • He held the “rod of God”, which was used to inflict the 10 plagues and open a path through the Red Sea
  • The rod was a symbol and pledge of God’s presence, power and working
  • When his hands were raised, Israel was winning
  • When his hands were lowered, Israel was loosing
  • After victory, built an altar named Jehovah-Nissi

 

3. Lift Holy hands in intercession

“Hands” are mentioned 7 times in text     (Ex 17:8-16)

Aaron – the older brother of Moses         

Hur – the brother-in-law of Moses / husband of Miriam

  • Standing by their leader’s (Moses’) side
  • Uplifting his arms
  • Shouldering some responsibility
  • Lending words of encouragement
  • Offering prayers of refreshment

Q) Which leaders do you intercede for? __________________

 

4. Look up and live                                (Numbers 21:4-9)

  • Israel wandering; complaining, impatient
  • God sends venomous snakes; people were bitten & died
  • God told Moses to make a bronze snake & put on a pole
  • Those who were bitten and looked…lived

 

“Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life.”      (John 3:14-15)

 

5. Announce your Christ team to others

  • “Raise the flag” pole at school, work, home
  • Raise the banner for Christ
  • God is at work here
  • I am on His team
  • Intercede for others on His team