The Full Armor of God

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1 Kings 8:1-43

Psalm 84

Ephesians 6:10-20

John 6:56-69

 

After David conquered the city of Jebus and renamed it Jerusalem (Yerushalayim), he led the parade of worshipers up the hill as the Tabernacle was carried to its new home. When the Temple was completed, David’s son Solomon led the parade across the new City of David as the Ark of the Covenant and other items were carried from the Tabernacle to the Temple.

A number of Psalms were written for the two events, but Psalm 84 carries the central message of today’s lesson; whether we know it or not, we all long to be in the presence of God. I looked at many translations of the opening of the Psalm and chose this paraphrase to share:

What a beautiful home, God-of-the-Angel-Armies!
I’ve always longed to live in a place like this,
Always dreamed of a room in your house,
where I could sing for joy to God-alive! MSG

When Paul wrote to his friends at the church in Ephesus, he encouraged them to, Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. NLV

What is the full armor? We are quick to think of powerful warriors, but Paul lists the armor: Truth, Righteousness, Peace, Faith, Salvation, and the Holy Spirit.

When we look at the words of Jesus it is clear that the armor listed by Paul is the same thing that Jesus meant with: Unless you do eat the body of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you are not really living at all. The man who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life and I will raise him up when the last day comes. Phillips

We must take Jesus into ourselves so completely that Jesus can work through us to defeat the powers of evil. We all live in a world of spiritual warfare. We are all in a battle we cannot win. We are like the Texans at the Alamo, Custer at the Little Big Horn, or the Jewish rebels at Masada. We cannot win.

But Jesus changes that battle. I cannot win, but Jesus can.

 

Be righteous and do good.

Mike Lawrence

 

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