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"...and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace..."

  • Exodus 3:5 - In early Israel, shoes were removed as evidence of humiliation in the presence of kings.
  • Exodus 12:11- Shoes were not worn indoors, so that putting them on was a sign of readiness for activity.
  • Deuteronomy 29:5 - Just as God took care of the people of Israel, He takes care of us today.  Like the Israelites, often times we do not notice how He continues to take care of us daily.  (Colossians 1:17 - He not only created us, but He will sustain us as well).
  • Ruth 4:7 - In early Israel, legal contracts and oaths were often sealed with the removal and giving of a shoe by one party.
  • Isaiah 20:2 - Going barefoot was a sign of poverty and reproach.  Here, Isaiah walked barefoot to symbolize the impending poverty of Israel before the judgment of God.
  • Amos 2:6 - Shoes could be bought at a low price, yet the poor who are always a concern to God, were sold for a pair of sandals.
  • Mark 1:7 - John acknowledges that he is not worthy to do even the most menial of tasks for Jesus.
  • John 13:3-17 - The removal of the guest's sandals was the job of the lowliest servant who was also required to wash the dusty and soiled feet of the visitor.
  • Acts 7:33 - Shoes were removed in the presence of a king
  • Acts 12:8 - Shoes were worn inside as an act of readiness for activity
  • Philippians 2:8 - The sandal (shoe) was considered the humblest article of clothing.
  • Ephesians 6:15 - Shoes were worn for firm footing, for sure steps, and for protection.  Preparation indicated readiness.