Waving Your Banner

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries3 Minutes

“The LORD spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying, ‘The sons of Israel shall camp, each by his own standard, with the banners of their fathers’ households; they shall camp around the tent of meeting at a distance.’” Numbers 2:1-2 NASB

Flags “almost certainly” were invented by the Indians or the Chinese.

According to Encyclopedia Britannica, in history, Chinese flags “were carried on chariots and planted upon the walls of captured cities.” They became symbols for their people and armies. It was “a crime even to touch the flag-bearer” and “the fall of the flag meant defeat; and the king would rarely expose his flag and his person together, the flag being normally entrusted to a general.” Flags also were “carried on chariots and elephants” in ancient India.

Scholars believe that these uses of flags had their roots in “the standards of ancient Egypt and Assyria,” in which various objects were attached to poles.

But flags, banners, and other symbols also commonly were used throughout the Bible. For example, when Israel camped by Mount Sinai, God told them that each man was
to camp “by his own camp, and each man by his own standard” (Numbers 1:52). These standards, or banners, were to provide identification but also to provide guidance and communication.

In fact, the Bible tells us that one of God’s names was Yahweh-Nissi, which means “the Lord is my banner” (Exodus 17:15).

Today is Flag Day, a day in which Americans honor the flag of their country. But it also is a day to remember that our primary allegiance is to God and His Kingdom.

In your life, remember to pray for your nation, and its leaders. But never forget that your highest priority is to lift up the “banner” of your faith. Let the world know that you serve Almighty God, and that Jesus is your Lord. Wave your “flag” of commitment so that all can see.


Prayer: Father, thank You for our country. I pray that You would bless and direct our leaders. I declare that Jesus is my Lord, and dedicate my time, talent, and treasure to You. In His name. Amen.