Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Shield of Faith

above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.

The Roman shield was constructed so that its curved shape deflected blows, arrows, and darts. It was made of several layers of wood and covered with lacquered canvas and calf skin. It was a hand’s-width thick and reinforced with iron edging, and few weapons of that day could penetrate it.

When Paul tells the Ephesians that their faith will be their shield, he is not talking about mental assent or belief. In typical Hebraic fashion, he is referring to faithfulness: a life marked by constant commitment to godly living, which would create strong, thick shields with solid edges, able to deflect all that the enemy would fire.


1 comment:

  1. A life of faithfulness ... drop by precious drop of covenant living. The light shines more brightly! Charlene Taylor