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Friday, December 26 2014

Psalm 35: Why Armor Is A Target

"Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil"

The English word "shield" originated from an Anglo-Saxon word, skild, that meant to protect. It came to refer to a sheet or plate of defensive armor that was carried on the arm i.e. arm-or. Another kind of shield, which was usually somewhat smaller than the arm-held shield, was called a "buckler" because it was fastened, or buckled, to the body to protect a particular area (the principle is still seen today with full-chest Kevlar body armor that has extra metal or ceramic plates that are fastened over the heart area). A smaller, round buckler was known as a "target," from an old Germanic word that meant a frame - not because it was intended to draw fire, but because it covered a vital organ area. Ironically, in those days, wearing a "target" may have invited more fire upon the vital area, perhaps causing more loss of life than if nothing was worn. Hence the origin of also using "target" to refer to the desired area to strike.

While some true Christians are willing and capable of defending against attack by criminals by any means necessary, they also have a greater armor that protects their coming spiritual life.

"6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 6:15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints" (Ephesians 6:10-18 KJV)

King David knew and experienced many battles - physical and spiritual. He knew from a young age however that the greatest armor was that of God. Goliath had a great shield and buckler, but the "Rock" that Goliath blasphemed found its "target" with perfect accuracy (see The Battle Of David And Goliath).

David and Goliath

"17:41 And the Philistine came on and drew near unto David; and the man that bare the shield went before him. 17:42 And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him: for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance. 17:43 And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 17:44 And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field.

17:45 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. 17:46 This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. 17:47 And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD'S, and he will give you into our hands.

17:48 And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine. 17:49 And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth. 17:50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David." (1 Samuel 17:41-50 KJV)

The spiritual armor of God also draws fire, from Satan, simply because it's there. Satan doesn't attack the evil; he targets the righteous.

"35:1 A Psalm of David.

Plead my cause, O LORD, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me. 35:2 Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for mine help. 35:3 Draw out also the spear, and stop the way against them that persecute me: say unto my soul, I am thy salvation.

35:4 Let them be confounded and put to shame that seek after my soul: let them be turned back and brought to confusion that devise my hurt. 35:5 Let them be as chaff before the wind: and let the angel of the LORD chase them. 35:6 Let their way be dark and slippery: and let the angel of the LORD persecute them. 35:7 For without cause have they hid for me their net in a pit, which without cause they have digged for my soul. 35:8 Let destruction come upon him at unawares; and let his net that he hath hid catch himself: into that very destruction let him fall. 35:9 And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD: it shall rejoice in his salvation. 35:10 All my bones shall say, LORD, who is like unto thee, which deliverest the poor from him that is too strong for him, yea, the poor and the needy from him that spoileth him?

35:11 False witnesses did rise up; they laid to my charge things that I knew not. 35:12 They rewarded me evil for good to the spoiling of my soul. 35:13 But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom. 35:14 I behaved myself as though he had been my friend or brother: I bowed down heavily, as one that mourneth for his mother. 35:15 But in mine adversity they rejoiced, and gathered themselves together: yea, the abjects gathered themselves together against me, and I knew it not; they did tear me, and ceased not: 35:16 With hypocritical mockers in feasts, they gnashed upon me with their teeth. 35:17 Lord, how long wilt thou look on? rescue my soul from their destructions, my darling from the lions. 35:18 I will give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people.

35:19 Let not them that are mine enemies wrongfully rejoice over me: neither let them wink with the eye that hate me without a cause. 35:20 For they speak not peace: but they devise deceitful matters against them that are quiet in the land. 35:21 Yea, they opened their mouth wide against me, and said, Aha, aha, our eye hath seen it.

35:22 This thou hast seen, O LORD: keep not silence: O Lord, be not far from me. 35:23 Stir up thyself, and awake to my judgment, even unto my cause, my God and my Lord. 35:24 Judge me, O LORD my God, according to thy righteousness; and let them not rejoice over me. 35:25 Let them not say in their hearts, Ah, so would we have it: let them not say, We have swallowed him up.

35:26 Let them be ashamed and brought to confusion together that rejoice at mine hurt: let them be clothed with shame and dishonour that magnify themselves against me. 35:27 Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant. 35:28 And my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness and of thy praise all the day long." (Psalm 35:1-28 KJV)

Fact Finder: Did King Saul's physical armor save him when he did evil? Did King Ahab's physical armor save him when he did evil?
See The Armour Of Goliath and Saul and The Dogs of Ahab and Jezebel

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This Day In History, December 26

1135: The coronation of French-born Stephen of Blois as king of England. Stephen's reign was consumed by the Anarchy, a war within England and Normandy from 1135 to 1153, characterized by a breakdown in law and order.

1492: Christopher Columbus established the first Spanish settlement in the New World - in the Caribbean (for a map of all 4 of the voyages of Christopher Columbus, see Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).

Marie and Pierre Curie 1620: Plymouth Colony was established by the England's Mayflower colonists (see also The Pilgrims).

1790: During the French Revolution, Louis XVI of France granted his assent to the Civil Constitution of the Clergy.

1805: Austria and France signed the Treaty of Pressburg (also known as the fourth Peace of Pressburg).

1806: Napoleon's army was stopped by Russian forces at the Battle of Pultusk.

1825: Liberal rebels in Russia revolted against Czar Nicholas I.

1846: While snowbound and starving in the Sierra Nevadas, members of the Donner Party resorted to cannibalism.

1852: The sailing ship Marco Polo, built in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, was declared the fastest ship in the world. The ship had sailed from Liverpool, England, to Melbourne, Australia, and back in 140 days. The trip usually took 240 days.

1862: The largest mass-hanging in U.S. history took place when 38 Santee Sioux were executed in Minnesota for attempting to defend their homeland from white settlers.

1870: The 12.8 kilometer (8.5 miles) Frejus Rail Tunnel through the European Alps was completed.

1898: Radium was discovered by Pierre and Marie Curie in their laboratory in France.

1932: An estimated 75,000 people were killed by a severe earthquake in China.

1943: British naval forces sank the German battleship Scharnhorst.

1962: 8 East Berliners escaped to West Berlin by crashing through border gates in an armor-plated bus.

1972: Former U.S. President Harry Truman died at age 88. Truman was (to date) the only man to order the use of nuclear weapons on another country - the bombing of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 in which hundreds of thousands of people were vaporized or severely burned.

1975: The Russian Tupolev-144 became the world's first supersonic aircraft to go into regular service, carrying mail from Moscow.

1979: The Soviet Union sent an additional 5,000 troops into the Afghanistan conflict.

1991: Jack Ruby's gun, that was used to murder Lee Harvey Oswald, sold for $220,000.00 in auction. Ruby's actual name was Jacob Rubenstein, a son of Polish-immigrant Jewish parents. He grew up in Chicago where, as a boy, he ran errands for the gangster Al Capone.

1991: The Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union formally dissolved the Soviet Union.

1998: Iraq announced that it would defend its airspace against U.S. and British warplanes that flew in their declared "northern and southern no-fly zones." Iraq's attempt to defend itself from foreign warplanes in its skies was declared an act of aggression against the U.S. and Britain and used as a further pretext to bomb and invade Iraq.



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