Donning the Apron

Thursday, June 8, 2017

5 You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble (1 Peter 5).

The “egkooboma” was a white scarf or apron that was fastened to the girdle of a vest—and was worn only by slaves in order to distinguish themselves from freemen. Peter takes this noun and makes a verb from it (the only time this word is found in the Bible)—“to fasten or gird oneself” —and here translated “clothe yourselves.” Surely when Peter wrote these words his eyes looked down to his feet as his mind was taken back to that night when Jesus girded Himself and took a towel (John 13).

The word “opposed” means “to arrange in battle against”—not a good scenario for those to whom God Himself is doing so! I cannot think of anything worse than having the very hosts of Almighty God being arranged in battle against someone. Yet, I cannot think of anything better than having His grace given to someone, either. It’s all a matter of whether or not we will don the apron.

Lord, help us This Day to submit ourselves to those who teach us, and then to don the apron in service to everyone. Amen.