I searched, I looked, I flipped through book after book. None of my personal references showed me what the nugget in 1 Thessalonians 5:7 was. I was stumped.
Until I read it in the Greek/English Lexicon. Here is the King James Version, then we’ll dig in.
For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. 1 Thessalonians 5:7-8 (KJV)
The Greek Lexicon is the word for word translation. Here is verse 7 only.
“for they that sleep by night, sleep, and they that are drunken by night, get drunk;” 1 Thess. 5:7
Do you see that it makes more sense from the Greek. Just changing those words around is amazing. In the translation from Greek, you see an attitude of apathy. Those who sleep by night, sleep. They don’t care, they are going to sleep and not be watchful or sober. Those who are drunken by night, get drunk. These do not care either, what ever happens they are going to just go get drunk. They don’t care. See the apathy. Then God shows us what he expects from us, brethren, believers, those who walk in the light of his mighty love.
We put on the breastplate of faith and love and the hope of our salvation. When? At night or any time when others are stubbornly going out to get drunk and or sleep (be spiritually dulled or empty) because they don’t care. The first group could be hit by truth from every direction and they won’t budge. All they think about is themselves.
In contrast there were usually a group of soldiers who guard camp or the city in the middle of the night. They would take the first watch or the second watch at night. The hardest watch is the last watch of the night. It’s when our bodies slow down naturally and we yearn for our beds. Someone working that watch is a dedicated person. They need extra care for the group. Many times in camp the leaders would take the last watch. Why?
This was their family. They made it personal. They wanted to watch over their people and if disaster came, it would come during the last watch of the night. That time when everyone else is sleeping. We don’t fight flesh and blood but spiritual principalities. What then?
Jesus Christ Showed Us How
“And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.” Mark 1:35
Should a leader have apathy? Sure. A leader doesn’t care what it takes to succeed, they sacrifice so the people live in peace. Spiritual leaders pray. They learn when and where things are coming at them and their groups.
“I’m not a leader!” you may cry. I contest that you are! You are a leader of your own thoughts. You are a leader of your own home. Dear Leader arise!
“Arise, cry out in the night: in the beginning of the watches pour out thine heart like water before the face of the Lord:” Lamentations 2:19a
God has called you before the foundation of the world for this very moment.
Live the abundant life now. There is no better time to start.
God Bless You Today!