“Gird Up Your Loins…”: Girdle, don’t leave home without it!

Elisha raising the Shunammites Son

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Let your loins be girded and your lamps burning [Luke 12:35]!

Men wore and still wear a girdle or belt for support! Eliyah the Tishbite was described in 2 Kings 1:8 as “…a hairy man” who “…wore a leather girdle around his waist.” So also Yohanan John the Immerser who wore camel’s hair and a leather girdle around his waist [Matthew 3:4]!

PARABLE OF THE GIRDLE

Jeremiah was told by Yahweh to get a linen girdle, put it on his loins but not wash it! Then Yahweh told him to take it, arise & go to Perath to hide it in a hole in the rock. [Perath means to break forth , rushing, for example, the Euphrates, a river of the East.]  After so many days, he was commanded to arise, go back to Perath, dig and take the girdle , which was completely useless. The girdle became symbolic of Yahweh’s people , as in verses 9-11 of chapter 13:

Thus said Yahweh, ‘Thus I ruin the pride of Yahudah and the great pride of Yerushalayim…refuse to hear My Words, who walk in the stubbornness of their heart, and walk after other mighty ones to serve them and to bow, is like this girdle which is completely useless.

For as the girdle clings to the loins of a man, so I have caused all the house of Yisra’el…and Yahudah to cling to Me…to become Mine-for a people, and for a name, and for a praise, and for an adoring. But they did not listen!

The girdle was worn figuratively in Isaiah 11: 5 describing the Rod of Jesse/  Netzer of Yishai , our Messiah Y’shua: “…righteousness shall be the girdle of His loins, and trustworthiness the girdle of His waist“!

In Daniel’s vision , chapter 10, he saw “…a certain man dressed in linen, whose loins were girded with gold of Uphaz…his body was like beryl …his face like the appearance of lightning…his eyes like torches of fire…arms and feet like polished bronze…the sound of his words like the sound of a crowd [v. 5-6]”!

As in Ephesians 6: 10-18, we are to be strong in the Master and in the mightiest of His strength. However, we are to put on the complete armor of Elohim, so that we have the power to stand against the schemes of the devil:

Stand, then, having girded your waist with truth , and having put on the breastplate of righteousness…taken up the shield of belief…the helmet of deliverance, and the sword of the Ruach/ Spirit…!

As Nehemiah built the Jerusalem wall, the enemy arose, conspiring together to come to fight! “But we prayed to our Elohim, and stood a watch against them day and night, because of them [4:6-9]”! Nehemiah appointed people with bows, shields, spears, and swords to stand guard while the builders worked with one hand, the other hand holding a weapon [v.13, 17-18]! The sword as a weapon is the Word at our side, in our hearts and minds:

As for the builders, each one had his sword girded at his side as he built. And the one who sounded the ram’s horn/ shofar  was beside me!

Girding up the loins” means we must make “ready for action”! Eliyah/ Elijah ran ahead of the foretold rains and Ahab, who rode:

And the hand of Yahweh was on Eliyah. And he girded up his loins and ran ahead of Ahab to the entrance of Yizre’el [1 Kings 18:46]!

  • Elisha, in 2 Kings 4:29, sends his servant on ahead of him : “Gird up your loins, and take my staff in your hand, and go…and you shall lay my staff on the face of the child”!
  • “And Elisha the navi/ prophet called one of the sons of the nevi’im/prophets, and said to him, ‘Gird your loins and take this flask of oil in your hand, and go to Ramoth-Gil’ad‘ [2Kings 9:1]”!
  • Yahweh instructed Moshe and Aharon , in Exodus 12, about the Passover: “And this is how you eat it: your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand…[v.11]”!
  • Yahweh also instructed Jeremiah/Yirmeyahu: “Now gird up your loins and arise, and speak to them all that I command you. Do not break down before their faces, lest I break you before them. For look, I have made you this day…and they shall fight against you, but not prevail…for I AM with you…to deliver you [1: 17-19]”!

    Elisha (right) Refusing Gifts from Naaman

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The loins also are “the seat of strength” and generative power!  Deuteronomy 33: 11, Moshe prays, ‘ O Yahweh, bless his strength [ the tribe of Lewi, the Levites], and accept the work of his hands. Strike through the loins of those who rise against him…”.

The “capable wife” of Proverbs 31 girds her loins with strength and strengthens her arms [v.17]!

She shall make fine linen and sell them, and shall give girdles for the merchants [v.24]!

The loins also are the “seat of keen pain, due to grief or dread” ! Yahweh declared to Amos , chapter 8:9-10, how He would darken the sun at noon, turn their festivals into mourning and bring sackcloth on all loins.

Therefore my loins are filled with anguish; pangs have seized me, like the pangs of a woman in labor. I was distressed when I heart it; I was troubled when I saw it [Isaiah/ Yeshayahu 21:3].

Kepha/ Peter speaks to us who receive the Good News, of Salvation through the Messiah Y’shua,  by the Ruach ha’Qodesh/ the Holy Spirit:

Therefore, having girded up the loins of your mind, being sober, put your expectation perfectly upon the favor that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Y’shua ha’Mashiah, as obedient children…as the One who called you is qodesh/holy…[1 Peter/ Kepha 1: 12-16]”.

Y’shua had warned Kepha, saying ” Truly…when you were younger you girded yourself…when you are old…another shall gird you and bring where you do not want [Yohanan/ John 21:18]”, speaking of his death as a martyr.

And in the perfect words of the greatest rabbi/ teacher, Y’shua Je’sus the Messiah and our LORD,

Let your loins be girded and your lamps burning [Luke 12:35]!

Blessed are those servants who the Master, when He comes, shall find watching [praying]. Truly, I say to you that He shall gird Himself and make them sit down to eat, and shall come and serve them [v.37]!

May we let the Master gird us with His Righteousness and Truth and keep our lamps lit and burning bright! HalleluYah! Glory! Ahmein….shalom!

 

 

 

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3 thoughts on ““Gird Up Your Loins…”: Girdle, don’t leave home without it!

  1. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;Ephesians 6:14…….. Truth is beauty: — symmetry, proportion, and harmony–beauty is truth…be fruitful and multiply=protect your reproductive area,their in lies your strength,which is kept with the covering…very needed and timely message,Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces.TEHILLIM( Psalm) 122:7……………so thankful to know standing for truth has triumphed in liberty And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free

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