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Summary: THERE IS NO NEED THEN FOR CHRISTIANS TO ACCOMPLISH WHAT HAS ALREADY BEEN DONE. INSTEAD WE MUST RESIST THE ATTEMPTS OF SATAN BOTH TO RETAKE TERRITORY NO LONGER HIS AND TO DEFAME CHRIST AND HIS KINGDOM BY CAUSING US TO FAIL.

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FEET SHOED WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE

TAKE ON THE SHIELD OF FAITH

THERE IS NO NEED THEN FOR CHRISTIANS TO ACCOMPLISH WHAT HAS ALREADY BEEN DONE. INSTEAD WE MUST RESIST THE ATTEMPTS OF SATAN BOTH TO RETAKE TERRITORY NO LONGER HIS AND TO DEFAME CHRIST AND HIS KINGDOM BY CAUSING US TO FAIL. TO “STAND IS NEITHER STATIC NOR PASSIVE, BUT THE ACTIVE ACCOMPLISHMENT OF OUR PRESENT TASK.

THE SANDALS OF PREPARATION

IT IS INTERESTING THAT ALTHOUGH ONE MIGHT EXPECT SOLDIER’S BOOTS TO BE AT THE END OF THE LIST OF EQUIPMENT, THAT PART OF THE EQUIPMENT COMES IN THE MIDDLE OF PAUL’S LIST.

WITH OUR FEET GIRDED PROPERLY REFERS TO THE “CALIGAE”, TOUGH BUT LIGHT SANDALS, BECAUSE THE TOES WERE OPEN, THAT WENT PARTLY UP THE LEG, WITH SOLES STUDDED WITH NAILS FOR A SECURE GRIP ON THE GROUND. SOLDIERS COULD WEAR THEM IN HAND-TO-HAND COMBAT, RATHER THAN THE HEAVY BOOTS USED IN LONG MARCHES.

THE PURPOSE WAS TWO-FOLD:p TO MAINTAIN A SOLID FOOTING, AS COMMANDED, AND BE ABLE TO READY FOR ACTION.

ISAIAH 52:7: HOW BEAUTIFUL ON THE MOUNTAINS ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS, WHO PROCLAIM PEACE, WHO BRING GOOD TIDINGS, WHO PROCLAIM SALVATION, WHO SAY TO ZION, “YOUR GOD REIGNS!”

ROMANS 10:15: AND HOW CAN ANYONE PREACH UNLESS THEY ARE SENT? AS IT IS WRITTEN: “HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS!”

THE EMPHASIS IS ON READINESS FOR ACTION, WHICH IS CONSISTENT WITH THE WARFARE THEME, BUT THE KEY TERM THAT IS COMMON TO ISAIAH, ROMANS AND EPHESIANS IS GOSPEL OR “GOOD NEWS.”

THIS IS THE ONLY PLACE IN THE NEW TESTAMENT WHERE THE WORD “PREPARATION” IS USED IN THIS FORM. THE ROMAN SOLDIER SUBSTITUTED FOR THE “GREAVES” OF THE GREEK (METAL PLATES COVERING THE LOWER PART OF THE LEG) THE CALLGAE OR SANDALS, BOUND BY THONGS OVER THE INSTEP AND ROUND THE ANKLE, AND HAVING THE SOLES THICKLY STUDDED WITH NAILS.

HAVING SHOD OR HAVING BOUND UNDER, MEANS TO MAKE READY, THE READINESS OF MIND THAT COMES FROM THE GOSPEL WHOSE MESSAGE IS PEACE.

BINDING SHOES UNDER YOUR FEET, RELIABLE FOOTWEAR WAS ESSENTIAL TO FOOT SOLDIERS IN WARFARE. IT ALLOWED THEM TO ADVANCE AND ENGAGE THE ENEMY WITHOUT BEIND DETERRED BY THE TERRAIN.

FEET SHOD – ENSURING AGILITY AND A FIRM FOOTHOLD. PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE. – PREPARATION MIGHT PERHAPS GIVE WAY TO PREPAREDNESS.

FEET FITTED WITH THE READINESS PICTURES THE HOBNAILED SHOES WHICH KEPT THE SOLDIERS FOOTING SURE IN THE BATTLE. TO PUT ON THESE SHOES COULD BE UNDERSTOOD AS BELIEVING THE PROMISES OF GOD IN THE GOSPEL AND COUNTING ON THEM TO BE TRUE FOR YOU. FAITH IN THESE PROMISES YIELDS PEACE IN THE CHRISTIAN’S LIFE.

MATTHEW HENRY WRITES:

“RESOLUTION MUST BE AS THE GREAVES TO OUR LEGS: AND THEIR FEET SHOD WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE. SHOES OR GREAVES OF BRASS, OR THE LIKE, WERE FORMERLY PART OF THE MILITARY ARMOUR.

1 SAMUEL 17:6: 6 ON HIS LEGS HE WORE BRONZE GREAVES, AND A BRONZE JAVELIN WAS SLUNG ON HIS BACK.

THE USE OF THEM WAS TO DEFEND THE FEET AGAINST THE GALL-TRAPS, AND SHARP STICKS, THAT WEW WANT TO BE LAID PRIVILY IN THE WAY, TO OBSTRUCT THE MARCHING OF THE ENEMY, THOSE WHO FELL UPON THEM BEING UNFIT TO MARCH.”


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