Flag Day is next Thursday, June 14 (it’s also the day the United State Army celebrates its birthday). Numbers 2:1-2 reminds me of the importance of flags and standards and banners: And the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying: “Everyone of the children of Israel shall camp by his own standard, beside the emblem of his father’s house; they shall camp some distance from the tabernacle of meeting.” (NKJV)
Although we don’t know exactly what each standard looked like, we do know that each one had a significant meaning for the family it represented. The design is mostly unimportant for us to know. What is important is that God’s command was meant to remind each tribe that they were children of promise.
We, too, are children of promise, a promise wrapped up in the faithfulness, justice, and advocacy of Jesus. Through Jesus, God promises to forgive us if we confess our sins (I John 1:9; 2:1-2). Because of Jesus, the Heavenly Father promises to give us the kingdom (Luke 12:32). From Jesus Himself comes the promise to wash us clean with His own blood and make us kings and priests to His God and Father, who is also our God and Father (Revelation 1:6).
We, therefore, camp beside a standard that has the design of His love stamped all over it, a banner which reminds us that we are children of the King, safe and secure under the banner of His love. And, indeed, the Bible says, “He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.” (Song of Solomon 2:4 NKJV)