Thought for the Day – 27 January 2019

Thought for the Day

In the early days of the Bible, before a warrior went into battle he would put on his helmet, and his breastplate and take up his sword. But he would also do something known as “girding up the loins”. For example, the Lord commanded Job to “gird up your loins like a man”.

Job 38:3; 3Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.”

In modern English we use this phrase to mean “be strong” but what did it originally refer to?

Literally, “girding up the loins” refers to the practice of gathering the excess fabric from one’s long robe and tucking it into one’s belt so that one’s knees were left exposed. This was done so that the soldier could run efficiently without tripping over his robe. In Hebrew the verb “to gird” is azar  which does not just mean to fasten, but to encircle and make safe. It comes from the root asar that means to lock up, as in a city that is encircled by a wall. The biblical soldier, therefore, girds himself not just to be able to run faster but to lock up his very being. So:

Have you ever dreamed of putting on the whole armor of God? Then “Gird” yourself with the armor of knowledge! 

Ephesians 6:11; 11Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” 

In troubled times, people often turn to the Holy Scriptures for comfort. There is no better way of preparing yourself for spiritual battle than by reading, studying  and meditating  the Bible.  You will be amazed at how safe you feel once you are no longer dependent only on other’s words. Here is what you re guarding against:

1 Peter 5:8; 8Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 

Ephesians 6:12-18;12For 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 places13Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  14Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;  15And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;  16Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.  17And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:  18Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”

About Ephraim J. Stockwell

Ephraim J. Stockwell, Born 30 May 1926 in Howell, Michigan, USA; Grew up on a farm in Uniontown, Pennsylvania; Served in Army during WW2 in European Theater of Operations; College in West Virginia, majoring in Physics and Electronic Engineering; Employed by NASA Headquarters, Wash. D.C. as Head of Network Operations (Retired), Husband of Joan Morgan Stockwell, father of 3 sons; Jack, Mark and Rick; Family includes 17 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren.
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