If we think of the type of warfare that occurred in the Greek and Roman times we might think that the shield one might carry is nice to have but it’s only a secondary piece of a soldier’s make up. The Greeks didn’t think so. Greek women would bestow shields to their sons heading off to war and would charge them with the words, “Come back with your shield – or upon it.” Greek war strategy existed in a team formation. The first line protected the group with their shields from frontal attacks like swords, spears, and arrows. The second line protected the group with their shields from ranged weapons like arrows, rocks, and boiling oil.

Each soldier had to maintain the strength to not only lift his shield but be able to hold it above their heads. A loss in strength from one man would put the whole group at risks. The Romans, likewise, knew the value of the shield and were able to subdue and control the know world.

Paul, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, knew the importance the shield was for a Christian. Christians are constantly under attack and are in need of lifting their shield of faith up. Pastor John Samuel Barnett gives God’s call to come back on His shield of faith.

(From 2016JUN19 – SWS-21 – Taking the Shield of Faith, Quenching the Fiery Darts & Standing for God – How Did the Battle Go This Week)