SRPC/BS – 2022 Nov 25 : MALE ROLE – 2: Priest & Prophet. Provision & Protection. Good Steward. Preserve Image of God? Foster Love & Unity. Head – See, Hear, Speak. Weak Strongman!! Ephesians 4 perspective …

Friday 25 November 2022

Male Role in Society – 2

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Previously,

… as seen, we can come up with a good prayer for every male for women, whether

… for the woman that he desires for a wife

… for his daughters that will be the wives of others

… for the women that will be the wives of his sons

… indeed for the girls in society that will develop into women with their own household

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The prayer being for each of the women (in his life or society) to develop into

… wise, understanding and sensible women

… where they are developed into precious  virtuous women

… that will become wives that come with goodness and favor from the Lord

… able to build strong and stable houses and be the crowns of their husbands

…indeed a feat achievable by and in the Lord

… for God’s honor and glory!!

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Indeed it is for the man to be responsible and accountable for this development

… as the designated leader

… and especially if he desires submission and respect from the woman!

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A husband’s charge to his wife is to…

… love

… sanctify & cleanse

… present holy & without blemish

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FAILING TO LEAD

… IS LEADING IN FAILURE!!

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If the foundations be destroyed

… what can the righteous do?

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The question of distorted or corrupt foundations for the boy child arise.

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Rebuilding the male to biblical standards required??

… repair & restoration

… of the corrupt or distorted elements

… so that males may take their position & fulfill their divine mandate.

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We also saw examples of family leadership in …

> Abraham…

… Who led his family by example …

  • In the way of the Lord
  • To do righteousness and justice

… so that the blessing promised by the Lord to him would be received and sustained by the family for generations to come as a blessing to the world.

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Genesis 18:18-19 NKJV

– since Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?

– For I have known him, in order that he may command his children and his household after him, that they keep the way of the LORD, to do righteousness and justice, that the LORD may bring to Abraham what He has spoken to him.”

> Jacob

Genesis 35:2 NKJV

– And Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, “Put away the foreign gods that are among you, purify yourselves, and change your garments.

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Indeed we start to see the

… Priestly & Prophetic, Provision & Protective

… Leadership Roles of a male in a family and in the society.

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Males, having been given the honor & privilege of the leadership role in society

… need to be good stewards of the family, the women and children of society

… ensuring the proper care, nurture and development of each

so that divine purpose and destiny is achieved 

… both individually for each and corporately as a family unit

… so that the crowning of glory and honor is achieved for all (Psalms 8:5)

… and the Lord may indeed see and say of us again – it is good, indeed, very good!

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The image of God has to be developed and preserved in the family setting

… for God created man; male and female He created them in His own image… Genesis 1:27

… When the man (male and female) act in love & unity, in a family setting, the Image of God is displayed or preserved??

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The family has to operate in love and unity 

… receive and operate in the blessing given to them (Genesis 1)

… such as to have dominion, to be fruitful & multiply, to replenish the earth and subdue it,

for dwelling in love and unity comes with anointing, provision and sustenance of the blessing??

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Dwelling in love and particularly in unity (oneness) – in one language and as one people

… is a universal principle that attracts blessing (prosperity) from the Lord.

… for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust… Matthew 5:45b

… Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh… Genesis 2:24

… with an express charge for the man to love his wife… Ephesians 5; Colossians 3:19;

… or risk their prayers being hindered…1 Peter 3:7 ??

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Genesis 11:6 KJV

  • And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.

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Indeed according to Psalm 133  KJV

  • 1. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
  • 2. It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;
  • 3. As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.

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It is good to note here that 

… anointing & blessing (is designed to..) flow best from the top, indeed from the head

The kingdom of God is of order and protocol??

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Therefore the man as the head of the household has the responsibility 

to lead with a good eye, as the lamp that fills the body (members) with light (insight, guidance, revelation)

to ensure that love and unity is nurtured and prevails in the family

… for the goodness and pleasantness of family (spouse and children) to be nurtured and sustained

… and indeed so that all the blessing of the Lord, 

… designed or designated for the family,

… may be received, contained and flow accordingly to all members, and to society at large.

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Matthew 12:25 NKJV

  • But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.

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Matthew 6:22-23 NKJV

  • 22. “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good (clear or healthy), your whole body will be full of light.
  • 23. But if your eye is bad (Evil, or unhealthy), your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

… Luke 11:35. Therefore take heed that the light which is in you is not darkness.

… especially when choosing a husband!!

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Any distortion or corruption, overcoming or defeat of the principle recipient or steward of the blessing…

negatively affects all other members of the unit (family or society)

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Man as the principle can also be equated to the strongman principle for his family..

… similar to that in the story of David & Goliath – 1 Samuel 17

… With the mandate to protect his house from plunder

… and should therefore ensure that he is not bound (redistricted) in any way

… that would prevent him from fulfilling his divine family mandate.

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1 Samuel 17:9 NKJV

  • If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants. But if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall be our servants and serve us.”

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Mark 3:27 NKJV

  • No one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. And then he will plunder his house.

… this being the unfortunate strategy that the enemy has used against males so as to plunder families and society!!

When the strongman is actually a weak man!!

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Therefore the man, as the principle and head of the family, especially needs to 

See – have clear vision & to guide the family accordingly

Hear – From God and about God to build faith & to fulfill divine destiny

Speak – come into agreement (declare and give direction) – Power of the tongue

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Indeed

… man needs the wisdom of God to

… and be an effective priest and prophet for the family

… and to successfully provide & protect his house

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He therefore needs to know and come into agreement with the Lord 

… especially with all that he has seen and heard from the Lord concerning his family

… utilising the Lord’s wisdom so as not to perish or go into exile or captivity 

… for lack of knowledge or understanding…(Hosea 4:6; Isaiah 5:13)

… and declaring his choice (on behalf of the family) of life over death, blessing over curse so that he and his descendants may live

… through the power of the tongue, for

  • Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit….(Proverbs 18:21)

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Deuteronomy 30:19-20 NKJV

  • I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;
  • that you may love the LORD your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.”

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Ephesians 4 (NIV) gives an insightful

perspective on living and operating in love and unity

… when applied to the family unit

… especially when led, indeed championed, by husbands and fathers

  • 1. As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.
  • 2. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
  • 3. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
  • 7. But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.
  • 13. until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature,attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
  • 15. Instead, speaking the truth in love,we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is,Christ.
  • 16. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

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Therefore, for men in particular as heads of their households (Ephesians 4:17-23 NIV)

  • 17. So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking.
  • 18. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.
  • 19. Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed.
  • 20. That, however, is not the way of life you learned
  • 21. when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus.
  • 22. You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;
  • 23. to be made new in the attitude of your minds;
  • 24. and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

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AMEN!!

– as a good prayer for males, especially husbands and fathers??

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ABSTRACT

Males have been given the honor and privilege of the leadership role in society.

We see the emergence of the leadership roles, that can basically be categorized  into the

  • Spiritual aspects >>  Priestly & prophetic 
  • Physical aspects >>  Provision & protection 

They therefore need to be good stewards of all in society

… so that 

… divine purpose and destiny is achieved 

… the image of God is preserved ( male & female He created them

… there is operation of love and unity.

The enemy has a strategy against the male (Weak Strongman!!)

… particularly at the boy child level??

… to ensure that there is no foundation or leadership in family and society.

To

… distort, corrupt, destabilize  the roots – foundations

  • If the foundations be destroyed…

… corrupt the head – leadership

So that the head is deaf, dumb & blind, unable to  

… See – have clear divine vision

… Hear – from God

… Speak – Agreement, power of the tongue

 in order to guide the family appropriately 

Indeed 

… if the foundations be destroyed

… and the strongman bound and blind

… what can society do?

 ( Strongman principle e.g. David vs Goliath)

One of the principle leadership roles and responsibilities of the male in family seems adequately captured in Deuteronomy 30:19-20 (NKJV)…

  • I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;
  • that you may love the LORD your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.”

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The Ephesians 4 gives us a perspective on the 

… male leading the family in love and unity

Where he can be urged to 

… live a life worthy of the calling received

… bearing with one another in love

… keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace

… ensure that all reach maturity in Christ

Therefore they should ( Ephesians 4:17-23)

… no longer live like the world

… but transform their mind and soften their hearts to the application of the Word of God

… and made new in Christ 

… in true righteousness and holiness

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