Throughout military conflict the “banner” or “Standard” has played an important role in the act of warfare. Used to coordinate multiple units and ensure that each unit of men could identify its leaders and the centre of command. A rallying point in the chaos of battle the banner ensured each unit was able to fight and manoeuvre effectively. The loss of the banner usually indicated the unit’s leader had fallen and often resulted in eventual defeat.
The more visible banners an army displayed that more fighting units it had placed into the conflict, hence the expression “terrible as an army with banners”.
In the Roman army the standard bearer was also the man who administered the soldier’s future pensions, needless to say this made him a well defended individual.
The armies of Israel presented a fearsome sight to the people of the lands. Spread out across the land with the tribal banners aloft.
Numbers 2:2 “The sons of Israel shall camp, each by his own standard, with the banners of their fathers’ households; they shall camp around the tent of meeting at a distance.
The present reality is this … the church of Jesus is made up many individuals, each of whom has a banner held over them.
Song of Solomon 2:4 “He has brought me to his banquet hall, And his banner over me is love.
Therefore, we are “Awesome or terrible as an army with banners”
Do we see ourselves as grasshoppers? or an awesome body with a multiplicity of victorious battle banners of Love.