Jesus Could Have Quoted 1 Chronicles 2, But He Didn’t

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In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God… Ephesians 6:16-17

The title to the sermon I preached last week was “111 Hebrew Names to Aid You in Sanctification” and I was dead serious that the 111 names listed in Ezra 10:18-44 could help you fight sin. I don’t always recommend a list of Hebrew names to help someone fight sin, but when I do, it’s usually Ezra 10. If you struggle with worldliness or improper relationships, then I might tell you to memorize a few names like Maaseiah, Eliezer, Jareb, and Gedaliah. I wouldn’t necessarily tell you to memorize a genealogy like 1 Chronicles 2 in order to fight sin, but I’d direct you to Ezra 10:18-44.

It isn’t that 1 Chronicles 2 is not worth memorizing, because verse 7 actually might help you fight sin. But all the names in 1 Chronicles might not necessarily help you battle lust. If you’re battling lust, I’d go with Colossians 3:5. If you struggle with worry, I’d suggest Matthew 6:25. My point is that we need to memorize specific verses that apply to how we are tempted. Even Jesus Himself quoted very specific verses out of Deuteronomy to battle very specific temptations (see Matthew 4). Jesus could have quoted 1 Chronicles 2 when Satan told Him to turn stones into bread, but instead He quoted a very specific verse to combat a very specific temptation.

So what do you struggle with? Where are you easily tempted? You know what it is- and so does the devil. Satan doesn’t know everything, but he knows where you struggle with temptation. And that’s why he shoots fiery darts at you. Hywel Jones says, “Our flesh and our connection with the world provide him {Satan} with combustible material.” That means that the devil’s fiery darts are tailor-made for you. So the weapons (verses) that you use to resist him need to suit the temptation. Your flesh and your connection to the world provide Satan with plenty of combustible material. And that’s why you need to extinguish his fiery darts with very specific verses and promises out of God’s word.

You know where you struggle. You know where you are often tempted. And so does the devil. So why not have a battle plan? Why not dig into God’s word and pull out a few very specific promises? You know the fiery darts are coming. And you know they are tailor-made just for you. Now go get a few very specific verses and do battle.

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