The first time I ever read my Bible through, I distinctly remember coming to this passage of Scripture. The mighty men jumped off the page, and I remember thinking, “WOW, I wish I could be like these guys”! God had called me to preach just a year before, and youth camp was approaching. I was going to preach in the preaching contest, and I knew what sermon I was going to preach.
Having never written a sermon on my own (I always stole my dad’s), I did the best I could. I cringe now thinking back to those early sermons as a young teenager. That year I won the preaching contest, and got addicted to sharing God’s Word all at the same time. It was so exhilarating studying the Word and then sharing that truth with others. Since that time, this passage about the Mighty Men always gets me excited.
Where are all the men? Our culture has been progressively become more gender neutral, and it is much to our disadvantage. There are distinct differences between men and women… the same value and worth, but differences in physical, and emotional make up. Although feminism has taken a cultural hit, I have seen a far greater trend of men becoming lest masculine.
For a family to look like the Bible dictates is almost a novel sight any more. A man that is truly the head of the household, and leads his family with love and godliness. A woman who is a helpmeet and the spirit and soul of the home. The children, obedient knowing they are loved and cared for.
Too often homes are classified as “dysfunctional”. Children almost seem to run the house, and demand their “rights”. The woman by necessity must try to lead the home in spiritual and practical matters. The husband has abdicated his God given role has leader, and instead wants to lazily meet his own needs and desires.
The sad reality of a home like this is that the blame lies with the man. At least that is where God places the blame. Ephesians 5:23 says, “For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body.” Men have abdicated their responsibility to lead and guide their family spiritually, and they will give an account before God.
When I read about the mighty men of David, I can’t help by imagine masculine men. These 37 men among men were the epitome of being a warrior and leader. They were renowned for their prowess on the battlefield, but I don’t believe this alone is what made them mighty men. We don’t know a lot about each of these men, but we do get some insight into some of them. Abishai, Asahel, and others we get an more full picture of what kind of men they were. One character stands out, Uriah the Hittite.
Each of these men were not only impressive in battle, but showed great resolve in their character. Uriah when told to return home and be with his wife, refused and slept with the soldiers. He was honorable and trustworthy. We see Abishai over and over again willing to lay down his life and desires for his king. I don’t know about all 37 of these men, but I believe we can bet they all had some loyalty and faithfulness alongside their skill in battle.
Where are all the men? We need some mighty men today who are willing to follow the King of Kings no matter what personal loss it might mean. We need men who are willing to be loyal to their spouse, and family. We need men who are valiant enough to be trustworthy in society and the workforce. We need men, masculine men!
Men, I want to encourage you today, be a man! Not how the world says to be a man… but how the bible does. Love your wife, raise your kids in a godly way, be the spiritual leader in your house, and be a mighty man of valor.
Daily Scripture Reading
2 Samuel 22 - 24
2 Samuel 22:3
“The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.”