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Men and Banners

Posted on 7 March, 2016 by David Stanfield

For many years, the Western church has seen movement and banners as ‘feminine’ or for ‘women only’.

While I believe women have an important role to play in the use of banners in worship, warfare and ministry - it breaks my heart to see so few men participate. When we look at the Bible and even our culture, we see men using banners with enthusiasm. Why should it be any different in the church?

Most of the Bible references to banners imply that men were the leaders when banners were used. In Scripture, if there is a gender associated with the banner holder, the gender is male. The first direct reference to banners in Numbers 1:52 refers to “…each man …under his own standard”. I’m certain women helped in making the first banners in the Bible, but it was the men with whom banners were most often associated.

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In Western culture, we also see men freely using banners. One of the most common places is at the football. Or in the Armed Forces. At yard lots or car sales. At sporting events such as the Olympics. Men marching proud and free, waving banners and flags.

In my opinion, it is the men in our Christian society who have suffered most from lack of freedom in worship. Cultural pressure in western societies - to be restrained and live up to standards of ‘normal’ - seem to impact men the most. And it has also been my experience that those who receive the greatest release and sense of freedom from using banners are men.

The biblical precedent is set - men and banners are powerfully and inextricably linked. Extracted from “Wielding Banners for Worship and Warfare” available as an ebook or paperback›

Posted on 7 March, 2016 by David Stanfield

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Banners in the Bible

Numbers 2:1-34
(also Numbers 10:11-27) The Lord said to Moses and Aaron: "The Israelites are to camp around the Tent of Meeting… each man under his standard with the banners of his family."On the east… Judah are to encamp under their standard.
On the south… Reuben under their standard.
Then the Tent of Meeting and the camp of the Levites will set out in the middle of the camps. They will set out in the same order as they encamp, each in his own place under his standard.
On the west… Ephraim under their standard.
On the north… Dan, under their standard. They will set out last, under their standards.
So the Israelites did everything the Lord commanded Moses; that is the way they encamped under their standards, and that is the way they set out, each with his clan and family.

Isaiah 49:22
This is what the Sovereign LORD says: 'See, I will beckon to the Gentiles, I will lift up my banner to the peoples; they will bring your sons in their arms and carry your daughters on their shoulders'.

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