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Sunday, August 16 2015
Isaiah 59: How Does The Armour Of God Protect You?
"The Redeemer shall come to Zion ... For He put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon His head"
The apostle Paul's teaching of the ancient (as we will get to) "armour of God" principle in the epistle to the Ephesians (see also The Epistles: What Is An Epistle? and Ephesians: Put On The Whole Armour Of God) is one of the most-famous of the Holy Bible.
"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.
While actual body armour has been a useful and life-saving device since the earliest times, those who wore it also had far greater protection with the "armour of God," as in this example with David. While David declined to use Saul's armour for practical reasons (David was then still a shepherd-keeping youth with no experience in wearing military armour, plus the very-tall Saul's armour was simply too big for David), there was also a spiritual righteous reason that it "suited" David very well: "This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee."
"17:38 And Saul armed David with his armour, and he put an helmet of brass upon his head; also he armed him with a coat of mail. 17:39 And David girded his sword upon his armour, and he assayed to go; for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him. 17:40 And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd's bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine." (1 Samuel 17:38-40 KJV)
Goliath wore heavy armour, plus he even had a shield-bearer standing in front of him. Nevertheless, the "armour of God" enabled David to take down Goliath - after which, to top it off (pun intended), David beheaded Goliath with Goliath's own sword. But note also very carefully, the "armour of God" is not an offensive weapon; it's a defense against evil.
"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.
As mentioned, the "armour of God" principle existed long before Paul employed it in a teaching. Isaiah also wrote of it, in reference to the Messiah's first coming ("And the Redeemer shall come to Zion: and "therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him. For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke"), as well as by the followers of the Messiah who use it to stop the penetration of iniquity in their lives (see Iniquity In History And Prophecy and the Fact Finder question below).
"59:1 Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. 59:3 For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness. 59:4 None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity. 59:5 They hatch cockatrice' eggs, and weave the spider's web: he that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper. 59:6 Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works: their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands. 59:7 Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths. 59:8 The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.
Fact Finder: How does wearing the "armour of God" attract more fire from Satan?
This Day In History, August 16
30 BC: Marcus Atonius, more popularly known today as Mark Antony, died at age 52. He was a Roman military and political leader, an associate of Julius Caesar, and lover and ally of Cleopatra (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids).
1513: English and German forces under Henry VIII defeated the French at Guinegate, in what was called the Battle of the Spurs.
1777: France declared bankruptcy.
1812: During the War of 1812 (1812-1814), British General Isaac Brock, together with native allies, attacked and captured Detroit along with U.S. General William Hull and his army. Hull, with more than 2,000 men, had retired to Fort Detroit after a failed U.S. invasion of Upper Canada (today known as Ontario). Brock was knighted for the action, however news of the award did not reach Canada until after Brock's death at the Battle of Queenston Heights in October 1812.
1868: A magnitude 8.5 earthquake in the Peru-Chile Trench in the Pacific produced a tsunami that struck the coast of Peru and Chile, killing approximately 70,000 people.
1870: The Battle of Mars-la-Tour during the Franco-Prussian War ended with a Prussian victory.
1896: Gold was discovered in Rabbit Creek, a tributary of the Klondike River, near the present site of Dawson, Canada. It set off what is often described as the greatest gold rush in human history (see also The City Of Pure Gold).
1906: A powerful earthquake struck Valparaíso, Chile, killing nearly 4,000 people.
1914: During the First World War (1914-1918; listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), Liege fell to the Germans after fierce Belgian resistance and heavy German casualties. On the same day, the Austrian-born Adolf Hitler (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion), who a year earlier had been rejected by the Austrian army on medical grounds, volunteered for service in a German regiment and was accepted.
1929: The 1929 "Palestine" (an English rendering of the Biblical Hebrew word "Philistine"; see Where Is Palestine?) riots between Arabs and Jews erupted in the British Mandate (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate). Over 130 Jews and 115 Arabs were killed.
1930: The first British Empire Games were opened, in Hamilton, Ontario.
1945: At the end of the Second World War, Puyi, the last Chinese emperor and ruler of Manchukuo, was captured by Soviet troops.
1949: After 45 years of burial in Vienna, the body of Theodor Herzl was taken to Israel, according to his request that the Jewish people move him there after the creation of the State of Israel. He was buried on a ridge facing Jerusalem, bearing the name Mount Herzl (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Zion and Israel In History and Prophecy: Judaism; also Israel Never Knew Purim, Hanukkah Or Judaism).
1960: Cyprus became an independent republic, with Archbishop Makarios as its first president.
1964: During the Vietnam civil war (the Vietnamese people were divided into North and South by French colonial forces in the 1950s), a U.S. backed coup overthrew South Vietnam President Duong Van Minh and replaced him with General Nguyen Khanh.
1972: Morocco's King Hassan II escaped unhurt when an airliner carrying him to Rabat was fired on by Moroccan Air Force pilots.
1989: A geomagnetic storm produced by a solar flare affected computers on earth e.g. it caused a shutdown of all trading on Toronto's stock exchange.
2010: China surpassed Japan as the World's second-largest economy.