- Old Testament Armor Bearer
All Old Testament references to armor refer to actual armor as worn by soldiers in battle. Here are are some typical references. Judges 9:54-56 Abimelech – his armor -bearer.
1 Samuel 14:6 Jonathan- his young armor -bearer.
1 Samuel 16:21 Saul – David became one of his armor -bearers.
1 Samuel 15:5-7 Goliaths Armor – 5 He had a bronze helmet on his head and wore a coat of scale armor of bronze weighing five thousand shekels (about 57 kilograms); 6 on his legs he wore bronze greaves, and a bronze javelin was slung on his back. 7 His spear shaft was like a weaver’s rod, and its iron point weighed six hundred shekels. (about 7 kilograms) His shield bearer went ahead of him.
1 Samuel 17 38 Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head.
1 Samuel 31:4 Saul – his armor bearer refused to execute him.
1 Samuel 31: 10 They (the Philistines) put his (Saul) armor in the temple of the Ashtoreths…………..
- Metaphorical Armor – Armor of God
The New Testament references to God’s armor are all metaphorical, where the item of armor represents some tool or weapon used by a spiritual warrior in God’s kingdom, and becomes part of the armor of God. In Romans 13:12 12 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. 14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature. Paul likens the “light” to armor and further suggests we “clothe ourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ“.
In 2 Corinthians 6, Paul is listing the characteristics of ministers of God and he refers to righteousness as armour* – 7 By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left….
Then in Ephesians 6 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints Paul is likening the separate items of armor to each of the main characteristics of a spiritual warrior. The full set represents the whole armor of God.
- Spiritual Armor
It is from the Ephesians chapter about God armor that we get the concept of a spiritual armor, where a spiritual warrior is clad in the breastplate of righteousness, the helmet of salvation, the belt of truth, bears the sword of truth, which is the Word of God, and goes forth with feet shod with the gospel of peace.
- Spiritual Armor Bearer
A spiritual Armor Bearer therefore is one who carries such armor, and is ready to come to the aid of a spiritual warrior as required and when needed.
* English spelling of armor = armour. (as used in KGV Translations above)