The Armor and the Battle
The Bible speaks of war and battles. The dictionary defines war as a state of armed conflict between different nations or states or different groups within a nation or state. It defines battle as a sustained fight between large, organized armed forces: this is the noun form. The verb is fight or struggle tenaciously to achieve or resist something. I find it interesting that the definition for battle uses the word tenaciously because most times you see the word battle in the old testament it says: The battle is the Lords. (Deuteronomy 1:30, (Deu 20:1-3), 1 Samuel 17:47, Psalm 18:39)Tenacious means tending to keep a firm hold of something; clinging or adhering closely. Some synonyms are powerful, forceful, and strong. Now where do we see these synonyms in scripture? Who is the glorious King? The Eternal who is powerful and mightily equipped for battle.(Psalms 24:8,10) 12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force. He is my True God, my stronghold in whom I take refuge, My strong shield, my horn that calls forth rescue, my tall-walled tower and strong refuge, My savior from violence. 2 Samuel 22:3 Psalm 18:2. I believe the lord is trying to tell us something. David told us that God taught him how to fight. Then 4 chapters before He said something I find really interesting. Psalm 140:7
O Lord, Eternal One, power of my deliverance, You are my helmet in the day of battle.
Psalm 144:1[ Psalm 144 ] [ A song of David. ] Blessed be the Eternal, my rock. He trains my hands for war, gives me the skills I need for battle. Do you see it? Where do I know that from? Let's go to Isaiah and find out. Isaiah 59:16-17The Voice (VOICE)
16 God looked long and hard, but there wasn’t a single person
who tried to put a stop to the injustice and lies.
So God took action. His own strong arm reached out and brought salvation.
His own righteousness—good and pure—sustained Him.
17 But God’s equipment was that of no ordinary warrior:
He strapped on righteousness as His breastplate,
And put on the helmet of salvation.
Wrapped in vengeance for clothing and passion as a cloak, God prepared for war.
Let's also look at Zechariah 12:8 When that day comes, the Eternal will protect her citizens as a shield does. He will make the weak who stumble become like David, brave in battle; the royal line of David will be like God, like the Special Messenger of the Eternal One who goes before them in travels and in battle. Revelation 19:11
I looked up and saw that heaven had opened. Suddenly, a white horse appeared. Its rider is called Faithful and True, and with righteousness He exercises judgment and wages war. What is this battle and war you may ask? See Galatians 5:17, 1Pet 2:11, Rom 7:23,
Rom 8:7, and 2 Cor 10:4. This brings us to our destination in Ephesians 6.