From the Well - 5/23/2019

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Ephesians 6:10-17 (MSG) 
And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong.  So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way.  This is no afternoon athletic contest that we'll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.  Be prepared. You're up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it's all over but the shouting you'll still be on your feet.  Truth, righteousness,  peace,  faith,  and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You'll need them throughout your life. God's Word is an indispensableweapon.

The Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem houses the first seven scrolls discovered at Qumran in 1947. The white dome embodies the lids of the jars in which the first scrolls were found. There is also a black wall alongside the dome that alludes to the tension (battle) between the spiritual world of the "Sons of Light" (as the sectarian residents of Qumran called themselves) and the "Sons of Darkness" (The enemy). The idea was that there was a cosmic battle of sorts going on between good and evil and that we are all participants.

Paul, writing from prison, urges his followers to arm themselves for battle, to defend themselves in a hostile world. While we may not be under persecution for our faith like Paul and his followers, we still live in an environment that seems to destroy faith. So, like Paul we need to prepare ourselves through worship, study of the scriptures, and support through the Body of Christ. We also need to remember that our hope is always in God. Martin Luther, one of the fathers of the reformation reminds us:

And though this world with devils filled,

Should threaten to undo us,

We will not fear for God has willed,

His truth to triumph through us.

The prince of darkness grim, we tremble not for him.

His rage we can endure, for lo his doom is sure.

Our little world shall fell him.

Thomas Merton put it like this, "Our real hope is not in something we think we can do, but in God, who is making something good out of it in some ways we cannot see." Think about it.

Matthew