Ephesians 6:13-15 (JDV)
Ephesians 6:13 For this reason take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having prepared everything, to take your stand.
Ephesians 6:14 Stand, then, with truth like a belt around your waist, righteousness like armor on your chest,
Ephesians 6:15 and your feet sandaled with readiness for the gospel of peace.
why we need the armor
Paul appears to be hinting a reference to Isaiah 11:1-10 – a description of the Messiah’s ultimate victory and the peace that will result from it. In that context, taking up the armor of God makes us part of his army, which means we will be part of the winning team.
Isaiah 11:1 And a shoot will sprout from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots will bear fruit.
Isaiah 11:2 And the breath of Yahveh will rest on him – a breath of what is wise and understands, a breath that encourages and makes strong, a breath that knows and fears Yahveh.
Isaiah 11:3 And he will inspire the fear of Yahveh. And he will judge not by what his eyes see, and he will correct not by the rumors his ears hear.
Isaiah 11:4 But he will judge the poor with righteousness, and he will decide for the needy of the land with integrity. And he will strike the land with the rod of his mouth, and he will kill the wicked person with the breath of his lips.
Isaiah 11:5 And righteousness will be the belt around his waist, and faithfulness the belt around his loins.
Isaiah 11:6 And a wolf will live as an alien along with a lamb, and a leopard will lie down with a kid, and a calf and a lion and a fatling together and a small boy will be tending them.
Isaiah 11:7 And a cow and a bear will graze; their young ones will lie down together. And a lion will eat straw like the cattle.
Isaiah 11:8 And one nursing will play over a cobra’s hole, and one who is weaned will put his hand on a viper’s hole.
Isaiah 11:9 They will not do harm and they will not destroy on all of my mountain of holiness because the land will be full of people who know Yahveh, like water covers the sea.
Isaiah 11:10 And this will happen on that day: Gentiles will seek the root of Jesse, who will be standing as a flag to a people, and his resting place will be glorious.
But bear in mind, that time of peace which the prophet proclaimed is yet in our future. Wolves and leopards and lions and bears and cobras and vipers will not lie down peacefully beside us and play with our infants and toddlers. The evil day is today. That is why we need the armor.
Lord, give us the strength to put on your truth and righteousness, because even though we are part of the winning team, the war is not yet over.