He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love. (SOS 2:4 NKJV)
In the Bible, many times when the word banner is used, it is referring to a flag. Armies carry flags and kingdoms display flags to identify and declare several things:
- The identity of the King who rules in a certain country and in whose name a particular army fights;
- The identity of the kingdom to whom an army has pledged its loyalty and steadfastness;
- The identity of the kingdom that has supplied (and will continue to supply) an army;
- The identity of the King and the kingdom which will protect an army or a country.
In the instance of the verse shown at the top of this article, the word banner has additional implications to those mentioned above:
- The King signified by this banner is King Jesus (the King of Kings and Lord of Lords), who has established His banner, authority, and might in LOVE;
- The Kingdom that displays this banner of love not only supplies food, armaments, and other supplies but it also supplies grace to its army and to its people;
- This banner represents a Kingdom of loveliness, security, unity, and loyalty;
- One of the seven names of God, Jehovah Nissi, means “The Lord our Banner.” (Exodus 17:14-15) The Bible reminds us that God is love. (1 Joh 4:8, 16b) Praise the Lord that His banner over us is love!
In John Gill’s Exposition on Song of Solomon 2:4, he says: “ . . . the covenant of grace and the Scriptures of truth may be thought of as a banqueting house, well stored with blessings, and promises, and rich provisions; which, to be led and let into, is a singular kindness . . .”
As the children of God, we are a blessed people and I recommend thinking about this at length.