Recently we have seen more people using flags in our worship. Is this a good thing recapturing something biblical or another past-time for the over zealous?
“When I raise my flag I become totally immersed in worship. There is no one in my vision but the Lord my God. I am moved to give Him my all. Joy and love wash over me and I declare to ‘powers and principalities’ that my flag represents that we have the victory in and through our Saviour Jesus Christ.”
I wish that that was more people’s experience whatever they were doing!
- Flags honour a king
- Flags declare the establishment or presence of a Kingdom, and therefore a KIng
- Flags express allegiance to a king and his kingdom
- Flags express identity to a kingdom
Obviously we see flags used like this in ordinary life. The visit of the Queen or at the Olympics for example.
Here are a few biblical references to flags or banners.
- Exod 17: 15 Moses built an altar and called it ‘the lord is my banner’
- Num 2: 2 The Israelites are to camp … each man under his standard with the banners of his family
- Num 10: 14 Judah led the Israelites carrying the banner displaying The Lion of Judah. Rev 5: 5 Jesus is the Lion of Judah
- Ps 20: 5 Lift up your banners in the name of the our God
- Ps 60: 4 those who fear you have raised a banner
- Song 2: 4 His banner over me is love
- Song 6: 4 Majestic as troops with banners
- Isa 5: 26 he lifts up a banner for distant nations
- Isa 11: 10 the root of Jesse will stand as a banner
- Isa 13: 2 raise a banner on a bare hilltop
- Isa 18: 3 a banner raised on the mountains
- Isa 30: 17 like a banner on a hill
- Isa 49: 22 I will lift up my banner to the peoples
- Isa 62: 10 raise a banner for the nations
- Jer 50: 2 Lift up a banner and proclaim it
- Jer 51: 12 Lift up a banner against the walls
- Jer 51: 27 Lift up a banner in the land
- Ezek 27: 7 Embroidered linen….served as your banner