Many sermons on the Shield of Faith (Eph 6.16) spend most of the time talking about the physical description of a 2,000-yr-old Roman shield.
- How big was it?
- What color was it?
- Did everyone have the same kind of shield?
- Could they link them together for more protection?
- On and on the descriptions go…
While I’m a history buff who finds that kind of stuff interesting, I’m often left asking, “So what? Why does this matter to me?”
Paul seems convinced that we’re in the midst of a dangerous battle (cf. Eph 6.11-12), so I want to do more than just read about a shield and hear people talk about weapons.
I want to carry some myself. And, I want to know how to use them at a moment’s notice.