In the world but not of it

July 14, 2010

Our banner…

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Each clan and family set up camp and marched under their banners exactly as the LORD had instructed them. Numbers 2:34

A few years ago I had the privilege of attending one of the World Cup matches. The game of soccer (known as football in the rest of the world) was becoming quite popular and the event’s biggest tournament had come to the United States.

Growing up as a soccer fan I was very excited to get the opportunity to go to such a big game. We arrived at the stadium, got settled in our seats and after a few minutes I realized we were seated in a section that was filled with fans from the team I wasn’t interested in. These were not ordinary fans…

They had war paint on their faces, massive flags that they were waving and they would chant and sing these very loud songs. Whenever my team got the ball I was afraid to even look happy in the event that I might go missing.

Anyone watching the game in the stadium or on television would have had no problem identifying these fans with their team. They carried their banner proudly.

So it was with the children of Israel. God had them separated into the twelve tribes, each with their own banner to identify them and ensure they traveled safely together and were not lost.

As believers it is important that we too carry the banner visibly in our lives so that people can identify us with Christ. He is our banner. You remember when Aaron and Hur sat Moses on a stone and held up his arms as Joshua was victorious over the Amalekites. When it was over “Moses built an altar there and named it Yahweh-nissi (which means “the LORD is my banner”). Exodus 17:15

He is our banner, our victory…

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