Thursday, February 28, 2013

I Need A Man!

"Won't you take-it-easy? I need your help. Today I had the chance of a lifetime, but first, I need a man."
"Get off me!" 
But the servant said, “I’ve just thought of something! There is a man of God who lives here in this town. He is held in high honor by all the people because everything he says comes true. Let’s go find him. Perhaps he can tell us which way to go.”  1 Samuel 9.6 NLT

The Quote

Ignacio launches his hair-brained idea to become a famous luchador by stalking Esqueleto, the one who stole The Lord's Chips. Once he baited his trap, Ignacio pounced on Esqueleto (alternatively known as Esteven). As they struggled with each other, Ignacio implored Esteven for his help, only to be turned down.

The Scripture

ContextThe first mention of King Saul in the Bible was actually a very positive one. He was on a mission to please his father, when it was suggested that he see the man of God. At first, Saul resisted the suggestion on the grounds that he had nothing to give to Samuel (the man of God) which may be seen as a sign of humility and respect for the godly man. After a while, he relents and seeks counsel.

A Godly Man

English: Amasias was the king of Judah, the so...
English: Amasias was the king of Judah, the son and successor of Joash. Русский: Амасия — царь Иудеи (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Scripture is littered with godly men and women. These are people who step up in response to God's goodness and lead lives of faith according to His word. Samuel is clearly presented in scripture as one of these men.

While there are a lot of men who are fantastic examples of faith, there are surprisingly few men who are literally called "men of God" in scripture. There are up to twelve individuals who are called men of god (see Man of God for references):

  • Moses
  • The Angel who announced Samson's birth
  • The man who chastised the priest Eli
  • Samuel
  • David
  • Shemaiah
  • Man from Judah who cried out against King Jeroboam
  • Elijah
  • Man who prophesies to King Ahab
  • Elisha
  • Hanan, son of Igdaliah
  • Man who prophesied to King Amaziah
Even more surprising are the anonymous men who show up in this list. They rub shoulders with the likes of Moses, David and Elijah! Scripture does not necessarily assign a name to them, but they certainly have a high honor in being called Men of God. 

The Application

We all could use more men of god in our lives. A wise brother could help when we are faced with important decisions. Just as Saul sought the counsel of Samuel, so should we seek the counsel of a godly man.

Ignacio saw someone and recognized Esteven's talents ("tall and fast like a gazelle") and knew that they would benefit him. In the same way, we should take note of those godly men and strive to incorporate their wisdom into our lives.

But it doesn't stop there, you could be that godly man in someone else's life journey. Be aware of those who may look to you for guidance, and be ready to be that man for their sake.

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