PROPER DRESSING FOR WAR: COAT-1
1Samuel 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.”
1Samuel 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.”
As we’ve seen earlier, Saul clothed David with three (3) critical things; helmet of brass, coat of mail and his sword. We’ve considered the helmet of brass and what it means. Today, I want us to look at the coat of mail.
The coat of mail in the Hebrew is “shiryan” which is translated to mean breastplate. So, Saul put on him his own breastplate but David could not move. Saul’s coat did not work because:
Ephesians 6:12 “…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.”
You cannot use the breastplate of men against spiritual foes. The breastplate covers our hearts and other vital organs. It covers the most vulnerable areas of a warrior. Everything the devil does is against the heart or spirit of man. So, a proper covering must be in place for this region.
Saul’s coat of mail is usually what man tries to put on but Apostle Paul showed us the real coat we should put on:
Ephesians 6:14 “Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;”
He calls it the breastplate of righteousness. Righteousness talks about being in right standing with God. This is the area in which the devil defeats many people. The coat of mail is what has given birth to countless religions in the world.
Right after the fall, man has been trying to reconnect back to God and as a result have designed a coat of mail for himself.
To be continued…
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