Hello and welcome to season 2 episode 30 of The Berean Manifesto, brought to you by The Ekklesian House.  This is Pastor Bill and catching up, in season 2 episode 26 we kicked off our three-part look at Ephesians 6:11, “Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the schemes of the devil.”  We broke that up into “Put on” being dressing up to send a message and asked, “Why are you putting on the armor of God.” We examined if we fall into one of the three categories where our motivation is a fake one or do we fall into the camp where we want to bring honor to God?

 

In episode 27 we continued our look at Ephesians 6:11 with “full armor” and talked about this being the word Panopoly meaning a complete and impressive collection.  Paul could have chosen to just say armor here, but he chose a word that communicates a long and in-depth process to attain.

 

In episode 28 we completed out look at Ephesians 6:11 and looked at the schemes of the Devil and talked about how he uses partial truth and salting of the truth to lead us astray.  The Devil doesn’t even need to lie if we won’t champion the truth and send him packing.

 

In episode 29 we talked about Ephesians 6:12, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this darkness, against evil, spiritual forces in the heavens.”  We examined how labels we apply to others and ourselves create enemies of flesh and blood, and while facts may support some of this, the truth is something different. The truth is that you and I are fully known and fully loved by God and we should love ourselves and others the way God does.

 

So, over the next 7 1/2 minutes or so we are going to continue our time in Ephesians 6 moving on to verse 13, “For this reason take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having prepared everything, to take your stand.”

 

For this, we actually need to jump back about 1100 years before Ephesians 6 was written to 1 Samuel 17.  King Saul is the tallest man in all of Israel standing at an estimated 6 feet tall, a head and shoulders above everyone else.  The armies of the Israelites and the Philistines are lined up on either side of the Valley of Elah. Out comes Goliath from within the Philistine army standing at nine feet, nine inches tall and built like a Buick.  Or a dromedary, in this case, I don’t know? He’s 3 ½ feet taller than anyone in the Israelite army has ever seen. He’s got this massive shiny armor and weaponry to match. Goliath challenges the Israelites to send out a champion to defeat him.  A winner takes all battle with the winners taking the losers as servants. Nobody in all of Israel’s army could measure up to Goliath and this terrified the armies of Israel and King Saul and they lost their courage.

 

This goes on twice a day for forty days before David comes onto the “battlefield” to take food to his brothers and their field commander.  Goliath comes out for one of his bidaily taunts and David witnesses the fear of the Israelite army and overhears the soldiers talking about the rewards that the man who takes down Goliath will earn.  Saul gets word of David saying, “Just who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?” and Saul sends for David to be brought to him.

 

David says to Saul, “Don’t let anyone be discouraged by (Goliath); your servant will go and fight this Philistine!”  Saul understandably replies to the, at best, early teen who has been playing the lyre for him in the throne room for quite a while now, “You can’t go fight this Philistine. You’re just a youth, and he’s been a warrior since he was young.”  David goes on to extol his own deeds protecting his father’s sheep against lions and bears. Saul gives David his blessing and this is the part that pertains to this episode, starting in verse 38, “38 Then Saul had his own military clothes put on David. He put a bronze helmet on David’s head and had him put on armor. 39 David strapped his sword on over the military clothes and tried to walk, but he was not used to them. “I can’t walk in these,” David said to Saul, “I’m not used to them.””  This phrase, “not used to them,” is the word:

H5254 נָסָה nâsâh naw-saw' A primitive root; to test; by implication to attempt: - adventure, assay, prove, tempt, try.

This isn’t David’s armor, it’s Saul’s armor, it doesn’t fit right and David isn’t used to it.  This armor will technically protect David from a glancing attack. He could crouch down and shrink into the armor like a turtle and be protected, but at the same time, he would be completely ineffective in responding to the enemy around him.

 

We face this same issue with the armor of God.  In episode 26 we looked at the words, “put on” as the word:

G1746 ἐνδύω enduō en-doo'-o From G1722 and G1416 (in the sense of sinking into a garment); to invest with clothing (literally or figuratively): - array, clothe (with), endue, have (put) on.

It’s dressing up to send a message and we talked about the four reasons why people dress up; to lie, by requirement, to feel good, or to bring honor.  Here in 1 Samuel 17 we see David “dressing up” in a soldiers armor by the requirement of Saul. But it isn’t David’s armor, it’s Sauls. This armor isn’t actually going to help David overcome the enemy.  David in turn took off Saul’s armor, picked up his staff, chose five smooth stones placing them in his pouch, and headed out to the front line.

 

The armor in question here is the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the sandals of the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, the sword of the Spirit, and the one that is left off of almost every list, the one that makes you the biggest threat to our enemy; praying in the Spirit with perseverance.  In the four reasons we gave as to why one dresses up, in order to wear this armor in honor, like David, it has to be YOUR armor. Someone elses truth, someone elses righteousness, someone elses gospel, someone elses faith, somone elses salvation, someone elses infilling of the Spirit, someone elses prayers of perseverance will do you no good.

 

Over the next 7 weeks we will be digging into the pieces of the armor in Ephesians 6, and hopefully this is will empower you to own the armor for yourself so you can effectively stand against the wiles of the devil.

 

This is Pastor Bill saying, “Until next time…”

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