Show Yourself A Man
Show Yourself A Man
Following up some on yesterday’s thoughts...be strong and courageous, be strong and very courageous.
Let us continue to learn what it means to be strong.
David - the King of Israel, the shepherd of God, the Psalmist and worshipper of Yahweh - was about to die. He had something to say to his son Solomon - the heir, the next King of the people of the Lord. Thus the charge of the father to the son. Give attention to what was important to this servant as he neared his reward…
1 Kings 2:1-4
1 David's time to die drew near, he charged Solomon his son, saying,
2 "I am going the way of all the earth. Be strong, therefore, and show yourself a man.
3 "Keep the charge of the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, to keep His statutes, His commandments, His ordinances, and His testimonies, according to what is written in the Law of Moses, that you may succeed in all that you do and wherever you turn,
4 so that the Lord may carry out His promise which He spoke concerning me, saying, 'If your sons are careful of their way, to walk before Me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, you shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.'
David told his son, Solomon, to be strong!
He then told him to “show yourself a man.”
Often we hear the exhortation to “be a man” (women are included...come on now! )
But, how does one show himself a man?
It has nothing to do with that which attracts the world…
- power over others
- physical strength
- material goods
- etc. etc.
David lays it out.
One shows himself to be a man by:
- Keeping the charge of the Lord your God
- Keeping the statutes of God
- Keeping the commandments of God
- Keeping the ordinances of God
- Keeping the testimonies of God
- Walking in the ways of God
..all according to the Law of Moses - the Word of God!!
In this, one will succeed in all that is done and at every turn.
It is in this...keeping the charge of the Lord...that the next generation honors the previous generation.
If we are careful to walk before the Lord, then the promises of God given unto the previous generations will be fulfilled.
We must be careful to do so.
We are to walk before the Lord with all our heart, mind, soul and strength.
But, some would say, that is Old Testament, that is the Law. We are no longer under the law.
Yes, in a manner of speaking.
But, remember, the Law was fulfilled in the Lord Jesus. Not annihilated.
We “live the law” in the freedom of the Lord Jesus Christ and all that entails.
According to Jesus we are to...
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Therefore, be strong and very courageous in the Lord.
Therefore, keep the Word of the Lord.
Therefore, love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength.
Therefore, love one another!
Today’s reading from the “So That’s Why!” Bible consists of pp. 269-274, Joshua 4-7.
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