Exodus 17:15 – And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovah-nissi.
One of the major titles used in the Old Testament for God is “Jehovah.” Jehovah means ‘the Eternal, Unchangeable One, He who was, and is, and is to come.’
In Exodus 17, Moses offered an expanded title for God – “Jehovah-nissi.” This means ‘the Lord is our banner.’ Given at a time of great battle, it speaks of God’s promise of help in the Christian’s struggle with sin and Satan.
Immediately after the Israelites received the water at Rephidim, they were attacked by Amalek.
Amalek was the grandson of Esau, whose descendants all hated Israel. The Israelites, the people redeemed out of Egypt, faced their first enemy of their wilderness journey.
Amalek is a Biblical picture type of the old nature, the flesh and all of its works.
“For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary the one to the other, so that ye cannot do the things that ye would”(Ga5:17).
Victory over Amalek depended upon the intercession of Moses and the bravery of Joshua. Joshua was chosen as the leader of Israel’s army against Amalek. While Joshua was down on the battlefield, Moses, along with Aaron and Hur, was up on the top of the hill.
While Moses held up his hands in intercession for Israel, their army would win. But when Moses’ arms became weak and fell, Amalek would win. Finally, Aaron and Hur held up Moses hands until the sun went down, and Joshua and his army won the battle.
We have been given two helpers in our conflict with the old nature.
The Holy Spirit, pictured by Joshua, has been sent down from heaven to help us battle the enemy. He indwells us to comfort, and guide, and to assist us.
Jesus Christ is up above, like Moses was. Jesus is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. And “He ever liveth to make intercession for us”(Hb7:25).
We can be certain of victory because Jesus lives at the right hand of God, and because He has sent the Holy Spirit to give us spiritual power to overcome and conquer the enemy.
With Moses above and Joshua below, Jehovah’s banner waved over the triumphant host of Israel. Moses built an altar and called it ‘Jehovah-nissi’ – ‘the Lord is our banner.’
The hands of our Intercessor are always steady. He knows our needs as we face any conflict. He will continue His work for us “until the going down of the sun”(Ex17:12). What an encouragement!!
In our battle with the flesh, we must allow the Holy Spirit to use the sword of God’s Word to overcome the enemy. This is our secret to daily victory – dependence on our Intercessor Jesus Christ and obedience to God’s Word as revealed by the Holy Spirit, our Comforter.
When we claim them as our source of victory, we can march under the triumphant banner of our Lord Jehovah-nissi, for He is our banner!