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PART THREE- BIBLE MEN WHO WERE MANLY
May I suggest you read these Bible accounts of manly noble men to your family and discuss them?
The only story we have about Abraham in his youth, during his Second Journey, is only found in Jewish traditional writings, not in the Bible.
The story goes that Abraham had moved from Ur with his father to Haran near Damascus. Terah, Abraham's father was a heathen, and he opened an idol shop in Damascus. Abraham had to work in the shop, and he hated the idols. One day, Terah left the shop on business, and left Abraham in charge. In the corner of the shop stood the god of war with a huge battle club in his hands. Abraham took the battle club and destroyed all the idols in the shop and put the club back into the hands of the god of war.
Tarah came home and, seeing all his god inventory destroyed, he raged at Abraham for busting up all his idols. Abraham defended himself by telling Terah that the god of war was the one who destroyed all the other idols with his club. Terah allegedly became ashamed of himself and closed the business. It is a nice story, and it fits well into my article here, but there is no way to prove it happened.
There is another tradition by the Arabs that Abraham was the sheik of Damascus before he moved to Bethel. Again, this is a nice thought, but not provable.
Among other accounts, the Bible tells us of a day when Abraham saved his family relatives, and the people of Sodom, from slavery. Does a manly man save the worthless hide of sodomites?
Genesis 14:1 And it came to pass in the days of Amraphel king of Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer king of Elam, and Tidal king of nations;
2 That these made war with Bera king of Sodom, and with Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, and Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela, which is Zoar.
3 All these were joined together in the vale of Siddim, which is the salt sea.
4 Twelve years they served Chedorlaomer, and in the thirteenth year they rebelled.
5 And in the fourteenth year came Chedorlaomer, and the kings that were with him, and smote the Rephaims in Ashteroth Karnaim, and the Zuzims in Ham, and the Emims in Shaveh Kiriathaim,
6 And the Horites in their mount Seir, unto Elparan, which is by the wilderness.
7 And they returned, and came to Enmishpat, which is Kadesh, and smote all the country of the Amalekites, and also the Amorites, that dwelt in Hazezontamar.
8 And there went out the king of Sodom, and the king of Gomorrah, and the king of Admah, and the king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (the same is Zoar;) and they joined battle with them in the vale of Siddim;
9 With Chedorlaomer the king of Elam, and with Tidal king of nations, and Amraphel king of Shinar, and Arioch king of Ellasar; four kings with five.
10 And the vale of Siddim was full of slimepits; and the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, and fell there; and they that remained fled to the mountain.
11 And they took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their victuals, and went their way.
12 And they took Lot, Abram's brother's son, who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed.
13 And there came one that had escaped, and told Abram the Hebrew; for he dwelt in the plain of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol, and brother of Aner: and these were confederate with Abram.
14 And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained servants, born in his own house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them unto Dan.
15 And he divided himself against them, he and his servants, by night, and smote them, and pursued them unto Hobah, which is on the left hand of Damascus.
16 And he brought back all the goods, and also brought again his brother Lot, and his goods, and the women also, and the people.
17 And the king of Sodom went out to meet him after his return from the slaughter of Chedorlaomer, and of the kings that were with him, at the valley of Shaveh, which is the king's dale.
18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.
19 And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth:
20 And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.
21 And the king of Sodom said unto Abram, Give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself.
22 And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the LORD, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth,
23 That I will not take from a thread even to a shoelatchet, and that I will not take any thing that is thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich:
24 Save only that which the young men have eaten, and the portion of the men which went with me, Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre; let them take their portion.
Abraham defended his family members, Lot and his own family. Lot was living in Sodom, the city of queers which later was destroyed by God with fire. But, the honor of Abraham was at stake. Abraham had brought Lot from Haran in the past, and Abraham would answer for what happened to Lot. You might not think so because Lot chose to live in Sodom. But, in old Middle Eastern custom, Abraham was the patriarch in residence, so he had to rescue Lot.
Why did Abraham rescue the queers from Sodom along with Lot?
Answer: Abraham was a merciful man.
Also, Abraham did not want any credit for his actions to go to the king of Sodom. When that king offered Abraham all the booty rescued, Abraham refused to take any. This was a moral issue. Abraham did not want the king of Sodom bragging that he made Abraham rich. Abraham was already a wealthy man, and he wanted all the credit for his wealth to go to God.
J. Frank Norris was a famous pastor of the First Baptist Church of Fort Worth, Texas. He did many noble things, including getting race track betting outlawed in Fort Worth. He also broke up a "speak easy" club in the area. Norris also made friends of all the car dealers in Fort Worth. He reported that he witnessed to all of them, but they declined the Gospel. However, they all liked Norris greatly. Also, all the car dealers were Roman Catholics.
Pastor Norris made a trip to Europe, and when in Rome, he went to the Vatican, bought a batch of huge crucifixes, and took them around to the Pope to be officially blessed. When Norris got back home, he gave a crucifix to each car dealer. From then on the car dealers gave huge sums of money to J. Frank Norris. He later explained that, since they refused the Gospel, he decided to find a way to get their money to use for his ministry.
J. Frank Norris did the opposite of what Abraham did. Norris gave way to greed and took money from the wicked. These car dealers could later claim that they made Norris rich, and it would be true. A real man never takes help from the Devil. I real man shows mercy, even on sodomites, when they have been abused. A real man also gave tithes to Melchizedek, king of Salem. This tithe was Abraham's way of giving back to God from his wealth. While tithing is not taught in the New Testament, being generous to the saints in need IS taught in I Corinthians 16. Manly men are generous to those who are in need and hurting.
Does your son see you making choices of high honor when you could get great wealth? Does he see you showing mercy on your extended family, and even the wicked when they have been abused? Feeding a poor queer is not sinful if the man is hungry. As long as he is still alive, he may repent, and your mercy on him could be the thing that moves him to look at Christ and the Gospel. I told you this would be rough. I would not be surprised if God allows you to meet a homeless hungry sodomite one day soon. We will see if there is any mercy in you then. Your son will see also.
Exodus 2:11 And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens: and he spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his brethren.
12 And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.
13 And when he went out the second day, behold, two men of the Hebrews strove together: and he said to him that did the wrong, Wherefore smitest thou thy fellow?
14 And he said, Who made thee a prince and a judge over us? intendest thou to kill me, as thou killedst the Egyptian? And Moses feared, and said, Surely this thing is known.
15 Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to slay Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midian: and he sat down by a well.
If this was the first thing, top of your resume, what chance would you have of being called to pastor any church anywhere? The question is, "How can God use such a violent man?" But, what you do not see in this text is God's opinion of Moses' zeal to defend his people. God clearly did not want you to know what he thought of Moses slaying the Egyptian. But, it is very clear that this manly prince of Egypt, though he was a Jew, was given to defend his people. A real man is instinctively a defender, and we have too many men in Christ's Church who stand by as offenses take place. This is often because their wives reject violent force to stop evil activity. They nag their husbands about using force with wicked people.
Was the defense of the Hebrews in Egypt just a flash in the pan? We next see Moses living in the wilderness of Midian where he fled from Pharaoh.
Exodus 2:16 Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters: and they came and drew water, and filled the troughs to water their father's flock.
17 And the shepherds came and drove them away: but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock.
18 And when they came to Reuel their father, he said, How is it that ye are come so soon to day?
19 And they said, An Egyptian delivered us out of the hand of the shepherds, and also drew water enough for us, and watered the flock.
20 And he said unto his daughters, And where is he? why is it that ye have left the man? call him, that he may eat bread.
This man was rewarded with good company, and God gave him a wife, because he defended seven ladies.
Later, after Moses had been humbled and lived on the backside of nowhere for many years, God called him again. And, what did God ask Moses to do?
Exodus 3:7 And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows;
8 And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites.
9 Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them.
10 Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.
You know the rest of the story. Moses felt unfit for the task of delivering two million Hebrews. Defending one Jew in Egypt got him into enough trouble. But, God knew his man, and he gave him the power and words to deliver those two million Hebrews. The vastness of this deliverance was second only to the work of Christ on the Cross delivering many millions of all ages from the bondage of sin.
Now, where did Moses get the instinct to defend the down trodden?
Exodus 2:1 And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi. 2 And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months.
3 And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river's brink.
4 And his sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him.
5 And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river; and her maidens walked along by the river's side; and when she saw the ark among the flags, she sent her maid to fetch it.
6 And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews' children.
7 Then said his sister to Pharaoh's daughter, Shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee?
8 And Pharaoh's daughter said to her, Go. And the maid went and called the child's mother.
9 And Pharaoh's daughter said unto her, Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages. And the woman took the child, and nursed it.
10 And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh's daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of the water.
Years passed, and often the young boy Moses would come to his mother and ask, "Mother, tell me again the story of how you and my sister Miriam saved my life." Moses' back history was the foundation on which his character developed. Daddy, get your daughter over here, and tell her the story of Moses. Only, this time teach her about the smart big sister of Moses. Miriam had a quick mind, and she saved the day. Christian boys need more big sisters like Miriam.
God clearly approved of Miriam's participation in the Exodus of the Hebrews from Egypt, as follows:
Micah 6:4 For I brought thee up out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed thee out of the house of servants; and I sent before thee Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.
Moses later went toe to toe with the Pharaoh of Egypt. He never backed off, and when it was time to lead two million people our of Egypt into Sinai, he lead with confidence. Yet, here is what God said about Moses:
Numbers 12:3 (Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.)
There is a time to be tough and bold in the face of the wicked. But, when dealing with the people of God, the man of God knows when to be meek. Do you know when to be rough on rats, and when to be meek and tender? All too often today, in Fundamental Baptist churches, the pastor is rough and harsh on the sheep and a wimp downtown. I followed a preacher through the check out at a supermarket. As he left he threw a tract down on the bagging area and fled in a hurry. What a pansy. A real man will hand out a tract with a very personal word to try to build interest in the tract. Sissy preachers are a dime a dozen today, and their churches are filled mostly with woman.
You will stand one day with Moses in Heaven, and he will say, "Tell me a story of someone you defended from Satan and wicked men." Will you have a story to tell? Has your son ever seen you defend someone who was being attacked or abused?
We hear from the sissy preachers that the Christian man is supposed to be mild mannered and avoid violence.
Numbers 25:1 And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab.
2 And they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods: and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods.
3 And Israel joined himself unto Baalpeor: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel.
4 And the LORD said unto Moses, Take all the heads of the people, and hang them up before the LORD against the sun, that the fierce anger of the LORD may be turned away from Israel.
5 And Moses said unto the judges of Israel, Slay ye every one his men that were joined unto Baalpeor.
6 And, behold, one of the children of Israel came and brought unto his brethren a Midianitish woman in the sight of Moses, and in the sight of all the congregation of the children of Israel, who were weeping before the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.
7 And when Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he rose up from among the congregation, and took a javelin in his hand;
8 And he went after the man of Israel into the tent, and thrust both of them through, the man of Israel, and the woman through her belly. So the plague was stayed from the children of Israel.
9 And those that died in the plague were twenty and four thousand.
10 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
11 Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, hath turned my wrath away from the children of Israel, while he was zealous for my sake among them, that I consumed not the children of Israel in my jealousy.
12 Wherefore say, Behold, I give unto him my covenant of peace:
13 And he shall have it, and his seed after him, even the covenant of an everlasting priesthood; because he was zealous for his God, and made an atonement for the children of Israel.
You may wonder why Moses did not kill the sex perverts? Moses was busy administering, and so is your pastor possibly. Maybe you are the only one who has noticed something very wicked in your local church. Like Phinehas, will you step in and stop the wickedness? Or, will you go from person to person pointing out the wickedness and how slow the pastor is in dealing with it?
Phinehas knew the law, and he knew that the leaders of Israel had all just been hanged for leading the people to worship pagan gods. So, Phinehas took matters into his own hands, and the law was enforced, and the plague was ended by God.
But, you need to show your son this. God rewarded Phinehas with an everlasting priesthood and with peace in his home. If you want peace in your home after your son grows up, you MUST teach him to be manly now. Sissy girlie boys bring misery and sadness on their parents when they grow up. Some do this by simply never growing up.
Have you ever seen a forty year old man fill a bowl to heaping with corn flakes and then try to pour milk into the bowl. Corn flakes go all over the table. My mother had a cousin who threw away her husband, and raised a boy like that. He never finished growing up because his Mom made a girlie boy of him, and he was saturated with greed and self love. He hung around home until he was at least forty, and, the last I heard, he never did get a job, and he was still running the corn flakes all over the table.
Phinehas lived to exalt God and enforce his law. What are you teaching you boy to live for?
Judges 3:15 But when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD, the LORD raised them up a deliverer, Ehud the son of Gera, a Benjamite, a man lefthanded: and by him the children of Israel sent a present unto Eglon the king of Moab.
16 But Ehud made him a dagger which had two edges, of a cubit length; and he did gird it under his raiment upon his right thigh.
17 And he brought the present unto Eglon king of Moab: and Eglon was a very fat man.
18 And when he had made an end to offer the present, he sent away the people that bare the present.
19 But he himself turned again from the quarries that were by Gilgal, and said, I have a secret errand unto thee, O king: who said, Keep silence. And all that stood by him went out from him.
20 And Ehud came unto him; and he was sitting in a summer parlour, which he had for himself alone. And Ehud said, I have a message from God unto thee. And he arose out of his seat.
21 And Ehud put forth his left hand, and took the dagger from his right thigh, and thrust it into his belly:
22 And the haft also went in after the blade; and the fat closed upon the blade, so that he could not draw the dagger out of his belly; and the dirt came out.
23 Then Ehud went forth through the porch, and shut the doors of the parlour upon him, and locked them.
24 When he was gone out, his servants came; and when they saw that, behold, the doors of the parlour were locked, they said, Surely he covereth his feet in his summer chamber.
Ehud was a man who used weapons. In this age of terror and street rage a man who refuses to carry a weapon is a wimp. Jesus told his disciples to get a weapon.
Luke 22:35 And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing.
36 Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.
The Christian man is an asymmetrical warrior. He may come with a gift in order to gain access and use his weapon. He appears when least expected by the wicked, and he thrashes them verbally, and physically if the wicked get violent. A Christian man carries a weapon when there is any possibility of criminal behavior nearby. A Christian man shoots stray dogs, and other varmints, that endanger his family. If a Christian man is defending the down trodden, women, or children, and he is accused of being violent, he laughs at the accuser and walks off.
But, most of all, a Christian man is a destroyer. He destroys the works of Satan until "the dirt came out."
1 Samuel 14:1 Now it came to pass upon a day, that Jonathan the son of Saul said unto the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over to the Philistines' garrison, that is on the other side. But he told not his father.
2 And Saul tarried in the uttermost part of Gibeah under a pomegranate tree which is in Migron: and the people that were with him were about six hundred men;
3 And Ahiah, the son of Ahitub, Ichabod's brother, the son of Phinehas, the son of Eli, the LORD'S priest in Shiloh, wearing an ephod. And the people knew not that Jonathan was gone.
4 And between the passages, by which Jonathan sought to go over unto the Philistines' garrison, there was a sharp rock on the one side, and a sharp rock on the other side: and the name of the one was Bozez, and the name of the other Seneh.
5 The forefront of the one was situate northward over against Michmash, and the other southward over against Gibeah.
6 And Jonathan said to the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumcised: it may be that the LORD will work for us: for there is no restraint to the LORD to save by many or by few.
7 And his armourbearer said unto him, Do all that is in thine heart: turn thee; behold, I am with thee according to thy heart.
8 Then said Jonathan, Behold, we will pass over unto these men, and we will discover ourselves unto them.
9 If they say thus unto us, Tarry until we come to you; then we will stand still in our place, and will not go up unto them.
10 But if they say thus, Come up unto us; then we will go up: for the LORD hath delivered them into our hand: and this shall be a sign unto us.
11 And both of them discovered themselves unto the garrison of the Philistines: and the Philistines said, Behold, the Hebrews come forth out of the holes where they had hid themselves.
12 And the men of the garrison answered Jonathan and his armourbearer, and said, Come up to us, and we will shew you a thing. And Jonathan said unto his armourbearer, Come up after me: for the LORD hath delivered them into the hand of Israel.
13 And Jonathan climbed up upon his hands and upon his feet, and his armourbearer after him: and they fell before Jonathan; and his armourbearer slew after him.
14 And that first slaughter, which Jonathan and his armourbearer made, was about twenty men, within as it were an half acre of land, which a yoke of oxen might plow.
15 And there was trembling in the host, in the field, and among all the people: the garrison, and the spoilers, they also trembled, and the earth quaked: so it was a very great trembling.
A manly man of God does not ask for a majority opinion. Many preachers call church business meetings and seek to persuade the assembly to vote and give him a majority before launching out in a venture for the Lord. Then again, some men go into battle alone, or with one brother, to do battle with the wicked. The battle plan is, "God may choose to help us win. Let's go give it a try."
God did something special for Jonathan. He gave him victory over a host of the Philistines. But, something else happened. God sent a mighty earthquake. This moment coincided with Jonathan's attack, and it shook the gizzard of every Philistine, AND every Hebrew was in shock and awe. It was like God was saying, "Where were the rest of you when the battle was raging?"
A lady in the church in Michigan called one morning. She said, "Pastor, a man was hiding behind a snow sled as I drove into our garage this morning after taking my daughter to school. I ran into the house and locked the door to the garage. I pushed the button to shut the garage door. I don't know if he is in there or not. Could you come and help?" She told me they had had a problem with a peeping Tom in the neighborhood lately.
I at once called the sheriff and told him what was happening, and I told him I was going right over to the lady's home. The sheriff told me it was a bad idea, but especially not to take a gun. I told the sheriff I was going over because he had been so slow responding to calls lately, and I told him I was taking a gun. He told me not to do that again, and I told him that if he did not like my plan he better get to the home on the double so he was there ahead of me.
The sheriff never showed. I arrived, went into the house, and I borrowed the lady's husband's shot gun and loaded it with buck shot. I checked the garage. I then walked through the woods surrounding their home, and I was prepared to do business with the jerk playing games with the lady. By the grace of God, nothing went down, and the peeping Tom was arrested a couple of weeks later.
A man goes to work when he is called on, and he may have to do his work alone. Many law men I have been involved with in Michigan, California, and Tennessee are too timid. Now, Arizona and Texas, that is another story. A lady in our church in Arizona called for help from the sheriff because illegal immigrants had surrounded her home. The sheriff left Bisbee, drove forty five miles to the lady's home, and made it in under thirty minutes. He told her he had been doing well over 100 MPH much of the way. He also scolded her for not having a gun and using it.
For a man, when the test comes, decisions are made suddenly, and you cannot plan on what you will do. God gives a man like Jonathan the sudden instincts to attack without waffling around. But, this is something that comes from developing an attitude toward evil and the enemy that is correct. How is YOUR attitude toward Satan and his servants? When they attack, do they deserve mercy? If you think so, stay away from me please. I don't want a girlie sissy man watching my back.
Nathan the Prophet and David
King David was used by God to write many Psalms, and God said that David was a man after God's own heart. David was a manly man, and he trained 400 men who were mighty warriors and the very picture of masculinity.
Read about David's 400 hundred mighty men to your son in 2 Samuel 23-8-39. Note that Shammah, in defending a field of lentils, was protecting the protein source of hundreds of people.
David had built up a great manly heritage in his First through Fourth Journey of manhood. But David threw all of this away in one trick with a woman who was not his.
2 Samuel 11:1 And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem.
2 And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king's house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon.
3 And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?
4 And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned unto her house.
5 And the woman conceived, and sent and told David, and said, I am with child.
6 And David sent to Joab, saying, Send me Uriah the Hittite. And Joab sent Uriah to David.
7 And when Uriah was come unto him, David demanded of him how Joab did, and how the people did, and how the war prospered.
8 And David said to Uriah, Go down to thy house, and wash thy feet. And Uriah departed out of the king's house, and there followed him a mess of meat from the king.
9 But Uriah slept at the door of the king's house with all the servants of his lord, and went not down to his house.
10 And when they had told David, saying, Uriah went not down unto his house, David said unto Uriah, Camest thou not from thy journey? why then didst thou not go down unto thine house?
11 And Uriah said unto David, The ark, and Israel, and Judah, abide in tents; and my lord Joab, and the servants of my lord, are encamped in the open fields; shall I then go into mine house, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife? as thou livest, and as thy soul liveth, I will not do this thing.
12 And David said to Uriah, Tarry here to day also, and to morrow I will let thee depart. So Uriah abode in Jerusalem that day, and the morrow.
13 And when David had called him, he did eat and drink before him; and he made him drunk: and at even he went out to lie on his bed with the servants of his lord, but went not down to his house.
14 And it came to pass in the morning, that David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah.
15 And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die.
16 And it came to pass, when Joab observed the city, that he assigned Uriah unto a place where he knew that valiant men were.
17 And the men of the city went out, and fought with Joab: and there fell some of the people of the servants of David; and Uriah the Hittite died also.
18 Then Joab sent and told David all the things concerning the war;
19 And charged the messenger, saying, When thou hast made an end of telling the matters of the war unto the king,
20 And if so be that the king's wrath arise, and he say unto thee, Wherefore approached ye so nigh unto the city when ye did fight? knew ye not that they would shoot from the wall?
21 Who smote Abimelech the son of Jerubbesheth? did not a woman cast a piece of a millstone upon him from the wall, that he died in Thebez? why went ye nigh the wall? then say thou, Thy servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also.
22 So the messenger went, and came and shewed David all that Joab had sent him for.
23 And the messenger said unto David, Surely the men prevailed against us, and came out unto us into the field, and we were upon them even unto the entering of the gate.
24 And the shooters shot from off the wall upon thy servants; and some of the king's servants be dead, and thy servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also.
25 Then David said unto the messenger, Thus shalt thou say unto Joab, Let not this thing displease thee, for the sword devoureth one as well as another: make thy battle more strong against the city, and overthrow it: and encourage thou him.
26 And when the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she mourned for her husband.
27 And when the mourning was past, David sent and fetched her to his house, and she became his wife, and bare him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the LORD.
David should have been leading the battle against the enemy. Instead, he was hanging around home where he was idle and ready for temptation. A real man goes to work, or he goes to war. The result of David's sin was that, during King David's Fifth Journey of manhood, he had nothing but heartache and disaster in his life and family. God killed the baby from adultery, and David's son Absolom tried to do a coup against David. Also, one of his other sons sexually assaulted his own sister. David died a slow painful death, and to add insult, his court officials found a young virgin and "married" her to David. They hoped her sexy naked body in bed with him would fire him up and keep him alive.
Now, here is the manly man in this story:
2 Samuel 12:1 And the LORD sent Nathan unto David. And he came unto him, and said unto him, There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor.
2 The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds:
3 But the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished up: and it grew up together with him, and with his children; it did eat of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter.
4 And there came a traveller unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come unto him; but took the poor man's lamb, and dressed it for the man that was come to him.
5 And David's anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, As the LORD liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die:
6 And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.
7 And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul;
8 And I gave thee thy master's house, and thy master's wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things.
9 Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon.
10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife.
11 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun.
12 For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun.
13 And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.
Nathan was the real man here. If David would kill Uriah, one of his 400 mighty men, he might also kill Nathan. But, Nathan fearlessly delivered the message to King David. Nathan had been very close to David and had given David the order from God to prepare to build the temple. Also, please note that David at once admitted his guilt. Some of you preachers will highly commend David for this. God was not impressed. God still judged David severely. If you are a preacher in the Lord's Church, or in some Bible college, you have not salvaged your reputation and destiny after some wicked sin by admitting guilt. You may be forgiven, but you are a lousy excuse for a man. If you try to hang around some ministry and get your pulpit back, you are a dog. I do not care how noble people think you are in your admission of guilt.
Charles Stanley of the Southern Baptist Convention was divorced by his wife. He at once admitted that this disqualified him to serve as a minister in Christ's Church according to the Apostle Paul's teaching. But, a wail went up by the sissy slobs on his church board, and in his congregation, insisting that he continue as their pastor. So, he did. He is a dog for not being a man and staying with his first biblical response to his divorce.
Bill was a cop in a city in Michigan. He had a friend in that city who was a pastor. One day, on his way home from work, Bill was passing a bar, and he saw his friend the pastor walking into the bar with a lady on his arm who was not his wife. Bill later found the pastor and told him what he had seen. He told the man, "I thought I would ask you what it was that you were doing for the Lord with that lady in that place." The pastor broke down and admitted his sin. The pastor later told Bill that the affair had just started, and he thanked Bill for confronting him about it.
So, you want me to believe you are a real manly man, right? So, tell me, what sin, which you have seen in your pastor or another man, have you been overlooking? You wimp. God needed a man to confront King David, and Nathan did the tough thing. Nathan loved David, but he loved God more. So, he did the manly thing.
Women will often look the other way when they see or learn about a man sinning treacherously. This is because a woman is not to take authority over a man, and it is because women are more tender hearted. This means women almost never confront men who are deep in sin. That is YOUR job, sir, that is, if you are really a man.
Caleb- Give me this mountain
Joshua 14:6 Then the children of Judah came unto Joshua in Gilgal: and Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite said unto him, Thou knowest the thing that the LORD said unto Moses the man of God concerning me and thee in Kadeshbarnea.
7 Forty years old was I when Moses the servant of the LORD sent me from Kadeshbarnea to espy out the land; and I brought him word again as it was in mine heart.
8 Nevertheless my brethren that went up with me made the heart of the people melt: but I wholly followed the LORD my God.
9 And Moses sware on that day, saying, Surely the land whereon thy feet have trodden shall be thine inheritance, and thy children's for ever, because thou hast wholly followed the LORD my God.
10 And now, behold, the LORD hath kept me alive, as he said, these forty and five years, even since the LORD spake this word unto Moses, while the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness: and now, lo, I am this day fourscore and five years old.
11 As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me: as my strength was then, even so is my strength now, for war, both to go out, and to come in.
12 Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the LORD spake in that day; for thou heardest in that day how the Anakims were there, and that the cities were great and fenced: if so be the LORD will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the LORD said.
13 And Joshua blessed him, and gave unto Caleb the son of Jephunneh Hebron for an inheritance.
14 Hebron therefore became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite unto this day, because that he wholly followed the LORD God of Israel.
15 And the name of Hebron before was Kirjatharba; which Arba was a great man among the Anakims. And the land had rest from war.
Eighty five years old, and Caleb wanted to go to war fighting a battle uphill all the way.
I am reminded of Col. Teddy Roosevelt taking San Juan Hill in Cuba during the Spanish American war. Teddy was the only man on a horse. The rest of his Rough Riders were on foot, so every Spanish soldier at the top of the hill wanted to kill Teddy.
Caleb took that mountain, and what years he had left afterward were a peaceful Fifth Journey. God made sure of that. If you want your Fifth Journey of manhood to be peaceful, you better get you buns in motion and fight your battles now when you have your manly strength. Many a preacher has had a pathetic retirement because he was a wimp throughout his Fourth Journey.
The Apostle Paul
So, preacher, you want to build a fantastic resume. You plan to take a church of 25 and build it up to 3500 in three hours and twenty minutes, right? You intend to have the most Sunday School busses rolling in America. And, you have knocked on every door in Omaha, right?
Big whup! I want to hear that you had the right enemies. I want to learn that you have been thrashed for taking a stand for righteousness. And, so does God. I want no company with nice preachers. They tempt me to get lazy. Here is the resume of the Apostle Paul:
2 Corinthians 11:22 Are they Hebrews? so am I. Are they Israelites? so am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? so am I.
23 Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft.
24 Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one.
25 Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;
26 In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;
27 In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.
28 Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.
29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not?
30 If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities.
31 The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not.
32 In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king kept the city of the Damascenes with a garrison, desirous to apprehend me:
33 And through a window in a basket was I let down by the wall, and escaped his hands.
That is the resume of a manly man. Paul knew he would be persecuted the day he started out for Crete as a preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. But, he never looked back. And, how did Paul live out his Fifth Journey of manhood? Answer: Under house arrest, writing all the epistles you use to guide and teach the Church of Jesus Christ. And, he was finally executed for his faith. Paul's resume is written in blood. Is yours written in vanilla pudding?
Paul Stahl of South Dakota had a farm where he raised hogs and breeder cattle. He showed me his world grand champion Black Angus bull one day. If I tell you how big that beast was you would not believe me. Paul had to fly the bull to Australia to win the world championship. He showed me the "cup" he won in his den, and it was easily four feet high and three feet in diameter. That bull and "cup" told me a lot about Paul Stahl. They told me that he had done some very manly work, over many years, to finally come up with that prize winning bull. And, everyone in the Black Angus raising business in those days knew that Paul Stahl had earned the admiration of the cattlemen of America.
In other texts we learn that the Apostle Paul was not a "nice guy." Here are some examples:
Galatians 2:11 But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed.
12 For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision.
13 And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation.
14 But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?
15 We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles,
Paul is doing the manly thing. He confronted another Apostle who was being a hypocrite by leaving the Gentiles, possibly at a dinner, and he went across the room and joined the Jewish Christians from Jerusalem. Paul did the manly thing, and Peter took it in Christian love. Does your pastor do anything like this? When he is fellowshipping with ordinary people, and when some rich man, or a famous preacher, comes into the room, does your preacher flee from the ordinary sheep to bask in the shadow of the famous Amos? If so, you need to rebuke him openly. Does he, or some other leader, join in with some legalizer in some issue of Christian conduct in order to curry favor with the legalizer? Give your pastor an open and verbal rebuke at once.
In his letter to the church at Galatia, Paul is dealing with Jewish Christians who were demanding that Gentiles who were born again should be circumcised. The Church fathers in Jerusalem had settled this long before when they said circumcision should not be required of Gentile converts. Paul gets rough here:
Galatians 5:6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.
7 Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?
8 This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you.
9 A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.
10 I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be.
11 And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased.
12 I would they were even cut off which trouble you.
Commenting on verse 12, the early Church fathers, JEROME, AMBROSE, AUGUSTINE, and CHRYSOSTOM all believed Paul meant that these legalizers should castrate themselves. Paul is being very rough on these people. Today, some nanny nag would cry out that Paul should be removed from his ministry.
Paul talks about women:
2 Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
The implication is that if it were not for the silly women who follow heretics, the heretics would not have a "ministry." Now, consider the impact on the local church when these silly women get married and feminize their wimpy husbands. You have the perfect team to make trouble in the fellowship. Barnes Notes says:
"One of the tricks always played by the advocates of error, and one of the ways by which they seek to promote their purposes. Satan began his work of temptation with Eve rather than with Adam, and the advocates of error usually follow his example. There are always weak-minded women enough in any community to give an opportunity of practicing these arts, and often the aims of the impostor and deceiver can be best secured by appealing to them. Such women are easily flattered; they are charmed by the graceful manners of religious instructors; they lend a willing ear to anything that has the appearance of religion, and their hearts are open to anything that promises to advance the welfare of the world. At the same time, they are just such persons as the propagators of error can rely on. They have leisure; they have wealth; they are busy; they move about in society, and by their activity they obtain an influence, to which they are by no means entitled by their piety or talents. There are, indeed, very many women in the world who cannot be so easily led away as men; but it cannot be denied also that there are those who are just adapted to the purposes of such as seek to spread plausible error. The word rendered silly women, means properly little women, and then weak women."
Paul teaches his famous instruction on women in the Church:
1 Corinthians 14:34 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law.
35 And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.
Women who speak right up and make open observations must be stopped by speaking to their husbands. If these women whine or make a fuss, run that husband and wife team off at once. No mercy should be shown because what follows will quickly gain momentum from the ongoing spirit of feminism today. Paul has more to say on this:
1 Corinthians 7:1 Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.
2 Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.
Men who hug the ladies, and women who touch and hug men, other than their own spouse, need to be harshly rebuked. No exceptions. This is not a cultural thing. The morals of Corinth were just as filthy as our Western culture today. Enforce this, preacher, or you will be punished by God, AND you will have adultery soon in your church. Furthermore, as to the woman's role in the church:
1 Corinthians 11:7 For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.
8 For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man.
9 Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.
A married woman's role is to be the glory of her husband. In other words, everything she does in works, dress, and general behavior should make her husband look good as a manly man. If you don't like that, take a pair of scissors, and cut those verses out of your Bible. Don't send me email. I will delete it.
And, men, in case you just got a rush to become a tyrant with your wife:
1 Corinthians 11:11 Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord.
12 For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God.
The wife God gave you is part of you, and you have no business using Paul's instruction to become a tyrant and bully with your wife.
1 Peter 3:7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.
You cannot have Paul without Peter. A real man honors his wife openly and to her face. Do you teach your kids to honor their mother, that is, your wife, like this?
Proverbs 31:27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
Finally, Paul has this to say about women in the Church:
1 Timothy 2:12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.
13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve.
There is no place in the Apostolic teaching for a woman teaching as a pastor, or in any other capacity as a teacher, over men. None. Those churches which do this are in crass disobedience to the Word of God, and you are a sissy fool, sir, if you take your family to such a church.
Why is this a problem? Answer: Preaching the Word of God is only done under the power of the Holy Spirit when a male mind is the vehicle of the message. Jesus did not give the Great Commission to women to go into all the world. He gave it to men. I have grown up in Africa and worked as a missionary there. Wherever I have seen a work started by a woman, no matter how sincere and sound doctrinally, the church that resulted was a sissy church laden with sin and lousy male leadership. One director of an Assembly of God mission in Tanzania simply refused to accept single women as missionaries sent by the AOG mission leaders in the USA. He had none of the problems that I mentioned above.
If the Apostle Paul's (and Peter's) teachings were strictly enforced in local churches in America, we would soon see manly men leading, and women would not be stirring the pot of discord we so often see. Preacher, if you are one of these lunatics who believe that women are intrinsically more spiritual than men, that tells me you have caved in regarding the Apostolic teaching on women in the church. You are a pansy and sissy cur dog.
Finally, Paul gets downright racist:
Titus 1:10 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision:
11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake.
12 One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.
13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;
There are tribes in Africa who are mostly all lazy. Others are filthy and live in a pile of dirt, never bathing if they can help it. There are Asians who hate to bathe, and use loads of rank nasty smelling perfume to cover their body odor. Americans are known as crude when they travel as tourists. The French are almost all insanely arrogant and snot nosed about the French language. Germans are generally crude and bawdy. I did substitute teaching in a school class where there was a well dressed German lady as teacher's aide. At one point she lifted her leg, farted with supreme force, and roared with laughter. Even the high school kids were not amused.
The British tend to simply know they are superior, and they will let you know it. The Dutch, my heritage, are sure they are the best of all humanity, but they will smile nicely when they tell you so. Black American men are largely unfaithful to their wives and abandon their homes easily. These are all facts that honest people will deal with maturely. The politically correct mob will whine and gripe when they hear these things said. That does not change the facts though.
Thus, Paul dealt with the Cretians exactly as they needed to be dealt with. They had some cultural sins which they needed to repent of before they became involved in church life.
The thing the world cannot understand is that, once any person of any culture is born again, they are changed. Whatever disgusting cultural traits they once had are changed by the Holy Spirit. When French people are born again, all the arrogance quickly disappears. I have seen this, and it is delightful to make a friendship with a Bible believer from France. Black American men who are truly born again are soon employed and at home being a manly example to their sons and loving their wives. What we were before Christ took possession of us is a rude fact of life. What we are after the Gospel enters better be new and God exalting.
Verse 13 above tells church leaders and pastors that anyone who has confessed faith in Christ, and they refuse to mature out of their cultural slop hog ways, must be rebuked sharply. If they will not come along in Christ, run them off.
So, how do you like the manly Apostle Paul? Would you welcome him into your church membership and onto the board of deacons or elders? Would you call him to pastor your church?
Stephen- A Manly Deacon
So, you are only a deacon, right? What manly thing can a deacon do?
Answer: Preach to heretics and die for Christ.
Acts 6:8 And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.
9 Then there arose certain of the synagogue, which is called the synagogue of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of them of Cilicia and of Asia, disputing with Stephen.
10 And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake.
11 Then they suborned men, which said, We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses, and against God.
12 And they stirred up the people, and the elders, and the scribes, and came upon him, and caught him, and brought him to the council,
13 And set up false witnesses, which said, This man ceaseth not to speak blasphemous words against this holy place, and the law:
14 For we have heard him say, that this Jesus of Nazareth shall destroy this place, and shall change the customs which Moses delivered us.
15 And all that sat in the council, looking stedfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel.
Then Stephen preached a sermon in Acts 7:1-50. It was a review of how God had rescued Israel and blessed them over the centuries, and Stephen also reminded them of the rebellious days of Israel. Up to verse 50 the mob of religious leaders were undoubtedly shouting Amen. But, then Stephen got up his testosterone in the Holy Ghost, and he put the hammer to those hypocrites.
Acts 7:51 Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.
52 Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers:
53 Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.
54 When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth.
55 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,
56 And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.
57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord,
58 And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man's feet, whose name was Saul.
59 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.
60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
A manly man of God will go toe to toe with heretics and the wicked and blast their heresy and wickedness. And, remember, Stephen was not the President of Crown College or Tennessee Temple or Biola University. Stephen was a deacon, a servant of the local church. But, that did not relieve him from speaking up in a manly way in defense of the truth.
Do you know a preacher you need to confront, and you have been sitting on your hands? Is there a kid in your church being attacked by a teacher in the public school? Is there a feminazi nag pushing her weight around in your local church? So, where is your God given testosterone, sir?
Oh yes, they may stone you, figuratively speaking. Or, the four flusher preacher may attack you openly and turn the assembly against you if you confront his sin. So, that means you will be inducted into the Deacon Stephen Hall of Fame in Heaven. Better to end your last journey that way than to be known as a big cream puff.
Modern Man who Was Like Jesus
There are thousands of stories from the past 2000 years about manly men who did what Jesus would do in a manly way. The following story is from Ethiopia where my wife and I served as missionaries:
Many years ago in Ethiopia Dr. Nathan Barlow, a missionary doctor with Sudan Interior Mission, was busy as usual in a bush hospital. It was not uncommon for a missionary doctor to see 80 patients in one day. Suddenly, a distraught Ethiopian family came rushing to the clinic. The missionary nurses quickly determined what was wrong-- A young child had severe pneumonia, and his chest was so congested with mucous that he was very close to suffocating.
The head nurse called for Dr. Barlow, who came at once. The doctor saw the grave condition of the child, and he asked for a suction device to suck the deadly phlegm and mucous out of the child's throat and chest. The head nurse groaned and told the doctor that they had not yet gotten one of these devices from the US.
Without hesitating an instant, Dr. Barlow bent right over the child, placed his mouth over the child's mouth, and he sucked mouthful after mouthful of that wretched and infectious fluid from the child's chest, spitting it into a bucket. The African parents watched in awe. Nurses broke down and wept at the picture of love before them. And, soon the child took a deep breath and was on the way to recovery.
In every man's life there are a few very special moments when he has the opportunity to do something that is life changing for those standing around. When your moment comes, will Jesus be so much in control of your life that you do just what he would do at that moment in time? This can only happen if we walk daily so close with Jesus that we don't even need to stop and think what is the right thing to do-- Because Jesus is doing it in us.
Doctor Barlow was not being feminine at that moment. He was taking charge like a boss, a real man..... a man with a solution to a problem, but a man with a tender heart.
Any one of the five journeys of manhood can become a disaster for various reasons. An over bearing mother can smother a boy in his early years and keep him from learning manly skills from his Daddy. A young man can become obsessed with sedentary activities like playing computer games all day. A man can fail to learn submission because his parents do not require him to pay his way and get out of the house until he is thirty five years old. A man can lose the victory of being a virtuous man because he marries a nagging feminazi who simply wants him for his money and to clean the bathroom. And, an older man can go out with a whimper because he misses that one last cause God offered him, and he ends up sitting at the American Legion telling old moldy war stories.
Samson was the baddest dude in Israel- "badder than old King Kong, meaner than a junk yard dog," at least if you looked at Samson from a Philistine point of view. But, Samson had a weakness for sexy women, and he married a Philistine woman. Samson's parents did not approve, but God was willing to use Samson and his new wife to arrange for Samson to do harm to the Philistines. (Judges, Chapter 14)
Samson also played a dirty trick on his parents. He found a beehive in the carcass of a dead lion. He took the honey, which the law of Moses forbade, and he gave the honey to his parents. He then played a trick on the Philistines at the wedding in the form of a riddle. His bride helped the Philistines solve the riddle, and Samson killed some other Philistines to pay off the wager on the riddle. In he end, his new bride was given to the best man at the wedding. When Samson learned of this offense against him, he played another trick using foxes whose tails he set on fire and burned up the grain fields of the Philistines.
All of Samson's attacks on the Philistines were done alone. Unlike other judges in Israel, Samson did not raise an army of men from Israel. He was too arrogant to share the glory. He was a one man show.
After twenty years of judging Israel, Samson saw a harlot in Gaza and went in unto her. He had no restraint governing his conscience based on the Law of Moses. This harlot, Delilah, suckered Samson into telling her how his strength could be taken from him. In the end, the Philistines captured Samson, and they put him in the Philistine prison grinding grain like an ox. They also put his eyes out.
The pathetic thing about Samson was that he totally failed to learn submission during his Third Journey of manhood. He went straight to his Fourth Journey and roared into the classic image of a heroic mighty man. God was not impressed, even though God allowed Samson a degree of success. God allowed Samson to be captured and humiliated by the Philistines so that he could go back and learn submission. Samson had plenty of time to contemplate his deadly short cut to his Fourth Journey greatness.
But, God had mercy on Samson. The Philistines had a celebration in their huge palace, and they chained Samson to the two central pillars of the palace in order to mock him and torment him. Samson begged God to allow him to have back his original strength. God did so, and Samson was able to pull down the two pillars and the whole palace crashed down, killing 3000 Philistines, more than he had slain in his whole life previously. But, Samson was killed during his last mighty act. (Judges Chapter 16)
So, you want to be a mighty man for God, young man on your Second Journey to manhood, do you? Well, there is NO way you are going to escape that Third Journey through submission, first to God, and then to your parents and employers and college teachers. If you try to go straight to your Fourth Journey of manhood and become a famous Amos around Campus, the Casa Nova of the office where you work, or a great preacher without being discipled by an older preacher, God will catch up with you sooner of later. And, when he does, you will grind corn for the enemy, or worse. Witness all the former pastors in America now selling insurance or Amway.
Hebrews 13:7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.
Hebrews 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.
YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE RICH TO MAKE GOOD THINGS HAPPEN
But, you will have to give up something and get under the authority of God to be sure it happens his way.
The children of Israel demanded that the Prophet Samuel give them a king just like the nearby pagan nations. Samuel warned them that life would change under a king, what with taxes and enlistment of their youth into the military and government service. Samuel asked God what to do, and God told Samuel to give them a king. God sent Samuel to anoint Saul king over Israel.
Samuel went to anoint the new king. God lead Samuel to this man:
1 Samuel 9:1 Now there was a man of Benjamin, whose name was Kish, the son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Bechorath, the son of Aphiah, a Benjamite, a mighty man of power.
2 And he had a son, whose name was Saul, a choice young man, and a goodly: and there was not among the children of Israel a goodlier person than he: from his shoulders and upward he was higher than any of the people.
What a great candidate for the first king of Israel.
Saul and his servant went looking for some lost donkeys one day, and not finding them, they determined to find Samuel and ask him if he could learn from God where the donkeys were. God had prepared Samuel to change Saul's life forever. Samuel was to anoint Saul when he arrived in town.
1 Samuel 9:18 Then Saul drew near to Samuel in the gate, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, where the seer's house is.
19 And Samuel answered Saul, and said, I am the seer: go up before me unto the high place; for ye shall eat with me to day, and to morrow I will let thee go, and will tell thee all that is in thine heart.
20 And as for thine asses that were lost three days ago, set not thy mind on them; for they are found. And on whom is all the desire of Israel? Is it not on thee, and on all thy father's house?
21 And Saul answered and said, Am not I a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel? and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? wherefore then speakest thou so to me?
Saul shows the kind of humility that we hope a young man learns during his Third Journey in manhood. He felt that he was not qualified to lead the nation of Israel.
Samuel then arranged for the anointing and coronation of King Saul in Gilgal. But, when Samuel had all things ready, and the people were told to gather, Saul was missing.
1 Samuel 10:22 Therefore they enquired of the LORD further, if the man should yet come thither. And the LORD answered, Behold, he hath hid himself among the stuff.
23 And they ran and fetched him thence: and when he stood among the people, he was higher than any of the people from his shoulders and upward.
24 And Samuel said to all the people, See ye him whom the LORD hath chosen, that there is none like him among all the people? And all the people shouted, and said, God save the king.
Saul was not a wimp. He simply did not yet believe he was qualified to be king of Israel. But, God had chosen his man, and Saul went on to make war on the Philistines. So, the Philistines launched a massive war against Israel, and King Saul asked the prophet Samuel to make sacrifice to God for him and Israel so that they could defeat the Philistines. Samuel told Saul to gather the people, which he did. Samuel said he would be there in seven days. But, when everyone was gathered, Samuel was late. So Saul decided to do the sacrifice himself. He was a Benjamite, and only a Levite could make such a sacrifice. Saul broke the law of Moses in doing this:
1 Samuel 13:9 And Saul said, Bring hither a burnt offering to me, and peace offerings. And he offered the burnt offering.
10 And it came to pass, that as soon as he had made an end of offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came; and Saul went out to meet him, that he might salute him.
11 And Samuel said, What hast thou done? And Saul said, Because I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that thou camest not within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered themselves together at Michmash;
12 Therefore said I, The Philistines will come down now upon me to Gilgal, and I have not made supplication unto the LORD: I forced myself therefore, and offered a burnt offering.
13 And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the LORD thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the LORD have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever.
14 But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the LORD commanded thee.
Soon after this, the Prophet Samuel was told by God to anoint a new king over Israel. Samuel wept because he loved Saul, but Samuel knew that Saul had arrogantly offended the Law of God, and he was to be set aside soon. King Saul lost the kingdom for his family because, during his Fourth Journey of manhood, he disqualified himself before God.
But, Saul did not learn his lesson. God had allowed Saul to remain king after his first offense, and he might have lived out his life as king. David was chosen to follow Saul, but God showed Saul mercy letting him keep reigning. Then, God Sent Samuel to Saul with an assignment- destroy the Amalekites completely. Notice verse 3. Saul was to completely destroy the Amalekites so that not one soul would be left alive, including all the Amalekites' cattle and animals.
1 Samuel 15:1 Samuel also said unto Saul, The LORD sent me to anoint thee to be king over his people, over Israel: now therefore hearken thou unto the voice of the words of the LORD.
2 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt.
3 Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.
4 And Saul gathered the people together, and numbered them in Telaim, two hundred thousand footmen, and ten thousand men of Judah.
5 And Saul came to a city of Amalek, and laid wait in the valley.
6 And Saul said unto the Kenites, Go, depart, get you down from among the Amalekites, lest I destroy you with them: for ye shewed kindness to all the children of Israel, when they came up out of Egypt. So the Kenites departed from among the Amalekites.
7 And Saul smote the Amalekites from Havilah until thou comest to Shur, that is over against Egypt.
8 And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword.
9 But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them: but every thing that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly.
10 Then came the word of the LORD unto Samuel, saying,
11 It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the LORD all night.
12 And when Samuel rose early to meet Saul in the morning, it was told Samuel, saying, Saul came to Carmel, and, behold, he set him up a place, and is gone about, and passed on, and gone down to Gilgal.
13 And Samuel came to Saul: and Saul said unto him, Blessed be thou of the LORD: I have performed the commandment of the LORD.
14 And Samuel said, What meaneth then this bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?
15 And Saul said, They have brought them from the Amalekites: for the people spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen, to sacrifice unto the LORD thy God; and the rest we have utterly destroyed.
16 Then Samuel said unto Saul, Stay, and I will tell thee what the LORD hath said to me this night. And he said unto him, Say on.
17 And Samuel said, When thou wast little in thine own sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the LORD anointed thee king over Israel?
18 And the LORD sent thee on a journey, and said, Go and utterly destroy the sinners the Amalekites, and fight against them until they be consumed.
19 Wherefore then didst thou not obey the voice of the LORD, but didst fly upon the spoil, and didst evil in the sight of the LORD?
20 And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have obeyed the voice of the LORD, and have gone the way which the LORD sent me, and have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites.
21 But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the LORD thy God in Gilgal.
22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.
24 And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice.
25 Now therefore, I pray thee, pardon my sin, and turn again with me, that I may worship the LORD.
26 And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with thee: for thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD hath rejected thee from being king over Israel.
27 And as Samuel turned about to go away, he laid hold upon the skirt of his mantle, and it rent.
28 And Samuel said unto him, The LORD hath rent the kingdom of Israel from thee this day, and hath given it to a neighbour of thine, that is better than thou.
29 And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent.
30 Then he said, I have sinned: yet honour me now, I pray thee, before the elders of my people, and before Israel, and turn again with me, that I may worship the LORD thy God.
31 So Samuel turned again after Saul; and Saul worshipped the LORD.
32 Then said Samuel, Bring ye hither to me Agag the king of the Amalekites. And Agag came unto him delicately. And Agag said, Surely the bitterness of death is past.
33 And Samuel said, As thy sword hath made women childless, so shall thy mother be childless among women. And Samuel hewed Agag in pieces before the LORD in Gilgal.
34 Then Samuel went to Ramah; and Saul went up to his house to Gibeah of Saul.
35 And Samuel came no more to see Saul until the day of his death: nevertheless Samuel mourned for Saul: and the LORD repented that he had made Saul king over Israel.
King Saul decided he would do God a big service and have a huge sacrifice of Amalekite animals. Saul also observed the ethics of the culture in the Middle East and let the defeated enemy king live. He then lied when Samuel came to question Saul.
13 And Samuel came to Saul: and Saul said unto him, Blessed be thou of the LORD: I have performed the commandment of the LORD.
14 And Samuel said, What meaneth then this bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?
15 And Saul said, They have brought them from the Amalekites: for the people spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen, to sacrifice unto the LORD thy God; and the rest we have utterly destroyed.
Samuel had the horrible experience of firing the first king of Israel, a man Samuel had come to love.
But, Saul soon became a tyrant. He lost the ability to self-examine himself and see who he was in the overall scheme of God's work in Israel. He spent months chasing David around Israel trying to kill him. In the end Saul ended up going to a Satanic witch to get help because God had stopped talking to Saul. Samuel, who had been dead for some time, came back to life and gave Saul the message that he would die in a coming battle along with his sons.
This was a bit of a long story, but it is your warning, man of God, preacher, Daddy. You are now in your Fourth Journey of manhood. You are now ready to do the work God has prepared you to do. You are experiencing victory, and God is blessing your home, your marriage, and your church. The most deadly snare of Satan for you right now is for you to get the idea you will do something in your own strength, playing by your rules, not God's. I can tell you what is at the root of this moment of temptation..... Pride, sexual lust, or greed for power and wealth.
This is why many preachers end up leaving the ministry during their days of the greatest blessing. This is why Christian fathers sometimes lose everything of value, and their kids turn bad.
King Saul was terminated by God, lost his last battle, and he committed suicide. He never got to know the joy of his Fifth Journey as a man of God.
Do you have an Agag you need to slaughter? So, what are you waiting for?
If you will not kill your Agag, here is your funeral hymn: I DID IT MY WAY.
At the end of your Firth Journey of manhood, they may sing- HAVE THINE OWN WAY, LORD
Read again the discussion above about Nathan, the prophet who confronted King David. The Fifth Journey of King David's life was a miserable Hell of endless wickedness by his children.
CONCLUSION TO PART THREE
There are many more men in the Bible who destroyed their life journey in manhood for many reasons. Being strong and manly, but living your life in vanity and self-will, is the most certain way you also can destroy your journey in manhood.
Luke 2:52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.
He can show YOU the way.
Success is about dedication. You may not be where you want to be or do what you want to do when you're on the journey. But you've got to be willing to have vision and foresight that leads you to an incredible end.
It behooves every man to remember that the work of the critic is of altogether secondary importance, and that, in the end, progress is accomplished by the man who does things.
Most of us end up with no more than five or six people who remember us. Teachers have thousands of people who remember them for the rest of their lives.
Who are YOU teaching?
ON TO PART FOUR JESUS, THE MAN AMONG MEN
DAVID MURROW- PASTOR, YOU MUST WATCH THIS
Caveat: This man is an evangelical, but the principles he discusses work in any church.
THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER- By Slim Dusty
Australian song about the Second Journey that ended well
Do you play heroic songs for your son, sir?
Does anyone tell the story of your ride?
YOU ARE AT WAR WITH THE SOCIAL ORDER
Are you winning, or have they castrated you?
TO HELL WITH THE HANDLERS AND HERDERS
A call to fight back against political correctness. This is what I have been promoting for years.
PC will collapse instantly after a national disaster.
WHINING THAT LIFE IS NOT FAIR IS ANIMAL BEHAVIOR
When you whine about fairness, you are no better than an ape. Life is never fair. A manly man learns to walk on and leave the unfair moments behind.
THIS INDIA SCENE IS A HARBINGER OF AMERICAN MEN'S DESTINY
This is why American men are ignoring women and walking away from them.
The following pastor is spot on regarding masculinity issues, but we disclaim his association with the Patriarch Movement.
NUMBER OF MARRIAGES IS FALLING
This has been going on since the feminist movement launched war on men. Men are frightened of marriage and the horror of divorce in which the courts destroy husbands. The day will soon come when couples sign hold harmless contracts when they get married.
SWEDEN EMASCULATES BOYS - CAUTION - Rough language
If men in America do not openly blast this PC insanity, we will soon be like Sweden. If you wimp out and go sissy in public, do not complain about what happens to your grand kids.
ON TO PART FOUR- JESUS, THE MAN AMONG MEN
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