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The Helmet of Salvation (2): Protection for the Senses

After riding his bike, Danny took off his helmet and scratched at his ears. They always itched after rubbing against his bike helmet.

“Did you have fun riding your bike?” His mom asked.

“Yes.” Danny plopped into a chair. “Did Roman helmets rub against their ears?”

“They might have.” His mom opened the library book to the picture of the Roman soldier’s helmet. “Roman helmets had these pieces of metal that protected the sides of the soldiers’ faces. The space over their ears was left open, but sometimes these pieces of metal would partially cover the soldiers’ ears. These pieces of metal would always restrict some of the soldiers’ vision, so he could only look forward and not get distracted by things to the side.”

“Sounds itchy and uncomfortable.” Danny itched at his ears again.

“Probably. But the helmet did its job. It protected the sides of the soldier’s face, but it left the ears open so that the soldier could still hear his captain’s orders. The helmet kept him focused on the battle ahead of him instead of the distractions around him.” His mom hugged him. “The salvation we’ve been given in Christ does the same thing for us. It protects our ears so that we can hear our captain’s orders, but we can’t listen to the world. Our salvation keeps us focused on the battle ahead of us instead of the distractions of the world.”

Question to think about:

  1. Read Ephesians 6:17, 2 Samuel 22:36, Isaiah 26:1–4, and Philippians 4:8 by yourself or with your parents. How does our salvation guard and protect our sight and hearing?
  2. What are we supposed to focus on? How does salvation help us focus on it?