THE VISIBLE ARMOR OF SATAN VERSUS THE
INVISIBLE ARMOR OF GOD
OPPONENTS IN THE WAR (TYPES AND SHADOWS)
(1 Sam 17:1) Now the Philistines
[Heb: rolling, migratory] [vs. the Israelites who are stable farmers,
husbandmen married to the land: John 15:1] gathered together their
armies to battle, and were gathered together at Shochoh
[Heb: to entwine, shut in:--fenced], which belongeth to Judah
[hence, the Philistines were the aggressive invaders, and the Israelites
were the resistant defenders “standing” their ground: James 4:7 & Eph
6:11,13,14], and pitched between Shochoh and Azekah
[Heb: tilled] [i.e., farming country], in Ephesdammim [Heb:
boundary of blood-drops].
(1 Sam 17:2) And Saul and the men of Israel
[Heb: he will rule as God] were gathered together, and
pitched by the valley of Elah [Heb: an oak or other strong tree]
[ref: Judg 6:11 “an oak” Heb: elah, where it is there a symbol of the
cross], and set the battle in array against the Philistines.
ARENA, THE BATTLEFIELD
(1 Sam 17:3) And the Philistines stood on a
mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on a mountain on the
other side: and there was a valley between them.
VISIBLE CHAMPION OF SATAN ENTERS THE ARENA
(1 Sam 17:4-7) And there went out a champion
[ref: “a beast” Rev 13:1, the antichrist] out of the camp of the
Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits
and a span [physically huge at an 18” cubit = 9.3 feet tall, or, at
a 25”cubit = 12.8 feet tall]. And he had an helmet of brass
(1) upon his head [his thoughts were associated with/as brass],
and he was armed with a coat of mail (2) [Heb: jointed pieces of
overlapping brass like the scales of a fish]; and the weight of the
coat was five thousand shekels of brass [weighing 194 ˝ lbs].
And he had greaves of brass (3&4) [Heb: a shin-piece of armor]
upon his legs [two greaves, one greave upon each leg], and a
target (5) [Heb: something to strike with; a javelin] of
brass between his shoulders [“slung on his back” NIV]. And
the staff of his spear (6) was like a weaver's beam
[the thick heavy frame of a carpet loom]; and his spear's head
weighed six hundred shekels of iron [weighing 23 ˝
pounds] [iron is symbolic of judgment]: and one [ref:
the false prophet: Rev 13:11] bearing a shield went before
Goliath = Heb: exile /// to denude [Dict: to make naked
or bare, strip] (espec. in a disgraceful sense); by impl. to exile
(captives being usually stripped); fig. to reveal: uncover.
Gath = Heb: (in the sense of treading out grapes); a wine-press
(or vat for holding the grapes in pressing them):--(wine-) press.
brass = Heb: copper; hence, something made of that metal, i.e.
a coin, a fetter; fig. base (as compared with gold or
silver):--brasen, chain, copper, fetter (of brass), filthiness
/// copper:--brass, steel /// (perh. in the sense of ringing, i.e.
bell-metal; or from the red color of the throat of a serpent
when hissing); coppery, i.e. (fig.) hard:--of brass /// 5172. to
hiss, i.e. whisper a (magic) spell; gen. to prognosticate:-- X
certainly, divine, enchanter, (use) X enchantment.
[symbolic of sin]
a. base =
Dictionary: 1. morally low; without dignity of sentiment; mean-spirited,
selfish, cowardly. 2. characteristic of an inferior person or thing.
3:1) Now the serpent [Heb: 5172] was more subtle
[Heb: cunning (usually in a bad sense):--crafty, prudent] than any
beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the
woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
Commentary: “and one bearing a shield went before him”
= this apparently insignificant “one” is the false prophet
(Rev 13:11) bearing a large shield intending, as much as possible, to hide
the body of Goliath from visibility, excepting Goliath’s head (a talking
head) and his feet (walking feet). However, observant eyes (Judg
7:5-7; 1 Pet 5:8) can see where, in what direction, Goliath is
going, and where he has been from the evidence (debris, wreckage) left in