Numbers 2:2-3 (ESV)
The people of Israel shall camp each by his own standard, with the banners of their fathers’ houses. They shall camp facing the tent of meeting on every side. Those to camp on the east side toward the sunrise shall be of the standard of the camp of Judah by their companies, the chief of the people of Judah being Nahshon the son of Amminadab,
The Midrash relates that during the Exodus, when the Israelites reached the Red Sea, it did not automatically part. The Israelites stood at the banks of the sea and wailed with despair, but Nahshon entered the waters. Once he was up to his nose in the water, the sea parted. This is the origin of his name “Nahshol”, that is, “stormy sea-waves”. It is in virtue of action that he was chosen to be the first to bring the dedicatory offering.
Nahshon was, through Boaz, the direct male ancestor of David, and thus almost all of the kings of both the Kingdoms of Israel and Judah. He was exactly halfway in the direct male line between Judah and King David.
So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him. (Isaiah 59:19 KJV)
Our Father in heaven,
We thank You for the Holy Spirit empowering Nahshon to lift a standard against the Red Sea waters. When the enemy comes in like a flood in the Diocese of Bath and Wells, empower Bishop Peter Hancock to lift up a standard against all of the powers of darkness. Amen.