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Got a “Coat of Mail?”

“Coat of mail” appears one time in the Bible.  I’ll tell you where in a minute; but, first let’s define this piece of armour:

n., pl., coats of mail.
An armored coat made of chain mail, interlinked rings, or overlapping metal plates; a hauberk. Mail armour provided an effective defence against slashing blows by an edged weapon and penetration by thrusting and piercing weapons; in fact the Royal Armoury at Leeds concluded that “… it is almost impossible to penetrate using any conventional medieval weapon…”[16][17] Generally speaking, mail’s resistance to weapons is determined by four factors: linkage type (riveted, butted, or welded), material used (iron versus bronze or steel), weave density (a tighter weave needs a thinner weapon to surpass), and ring thickness (generally ranging from 18 to 14 gauge in most examples). Mail, if a warrior could afford it, could provide a significant advantage to a warrior when combined with competent fighting techniques. However, a good sword blow arriving in exactly perpendicular angle to the surface could cut through the links[citation needed]; when the mail was not riveted, a well placed thrust from a spear or thin sword could penetrate, and a poleaxe or halberd blow could break through the armour. In India, punching daggers known as katars were developed that could pierce the light mail used in the area.   Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/mail-armour#ixzz1IHgX9fsT

When you read the above again, let your mind bring portions of Scripture to the top of your thoughts.  Like: a lion that devours, full armour needed for praying, a soldier mentioned in Timothy, and such like.  So here’s the passage in the Bible:  Ps 91:1-7  – 

1, He that dwelleth in the secret place of the MOST HIGH Shall abide under the shadow of THE ALMIGHTY.
    2, I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress: My God; in Him will I confide.
    3, Surely He shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, And from the noisome pestilence.
    4, He shall cover thee with His feathers, And under His wings shalt thou flee for refuge: His truth shall be thy shield and coat of mail. 

    5, Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; Nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
    6, Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; Nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
    7, A thousand shall fall at thy side, And ten thousand at thy right hand; But it shall not come nigh thee.

Your coat of mail is made of TRUTH – HIS TRUTH!  Is yours of a dense weave?  What are its links?  Is it defending the onslaughts of the devil? 

 
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April 1, 2011 - Posted by | Reading the Psalms

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