Summary: In Parts I and II of "The Attack of Male Seed", we look at the seven issues that men need to examine to determine if they are men according to God’s standard. In Part III of this message, we will look at why God wants men to walk in the kingly priestho
After reviewing these several areas on manhood according to God’s standard, how do you measure up? God wants you to be all that you can be according to His will and purposes for your life. All is not doom and gloom for men! God also wants us to walk in one area that He has predestinated for us and that is "to rule in our kingly and priestly positons" He has purposed for us.
ON BEING A KING
The bible says you’re a king and a priest;
You’re the head and not the tail;
You’re above and not beneath.
You’re more than a conqueror.
Let’s talk about you as a king.
Being a king means: Ruling – making decisions on behalf of others; being the head on behalf of others; being responsible/accountable for and to others; protecting others; and serving others.
In return, a king can/should be able to expect to be respected, served, and honored.
There are all kinds of kings. Some kings are good and some not so good. A good king isn’t a dictator, a user, abusive, negligent, or selfish. Might does not make right. Saul started out a good man and king. Then, pride, rebellion and insecurity got hold of him
and turned him into a king God had to get rid of.
David was a good king but he had a deadly flaw – lust. It caused him to lose the ability to rule at the level he started at. Yet, God still said David was a man after His own heart. God said this after David fell by stealing Bathsheba, Uriah’s wife. God said this because David knew how to repent and take responsibility for what he did. A man knows how to repent and take responsibility. David didn’t make excuses for himself. He didn’t blame others for his failure. He told God he had sinned and presented himself to God to be judged. Do you accept responsibility for your own actions?
Solomon, David’s son, was blessed with more wisdom than any man before, during or after him. Solomon had the same problem his father had. He allowed his lust for women and disobedience to God to bring him lower than any other king. The word says to whom you yield yourself to becomes you master. Who’s your master? When all was said and done, Solomon concluded that the whole duty of man was to fear God and keep His commandments.
Then, there was Rehoboam, Solomon’s son and successor to the throne. Rehoboam was unable to decide for himself. He rejected the counsel of the elders of the kingdom and listened to his running buddies instead. The result was that he ended up splitting the kingdom
and destroying all that his predecessors had worked so hard to achieve.
These men are in the bible to give us examples of the different kinds of kings we can be. We have to make sure that we pattern our lives after the right kind of king.
Mephibosheth was the son of Jonathan, Saul’s son and David’s best friend. Mephibosheth was a prince, but he lived in Lodebar, when he belonged in the palace. He was hiding from David because he thought David wanted to kill him. Lodebar is a desolate place; a pastureless waste, with little provision: not the place for royalty. Do you find yourself in Lodebar today? Are you hiding from God, like Mephibosheth hid from David? This isn’t the place God wants you. David had to go get him so he could take his rightful place at the King’s table. Today, God has come for you, so that you might take your rightful place.
THE FAMILY MAN
In today’s world, with both spouses working, it’s not for the male to expect his wife to work all day, like he does, and come home and do all the domestic chores as well, without his helping. Years ago, when only the man went to work and the woman stayed home, this may have been acceptable. But, not today. We need to help out.
The man is a leader, a guide. He’s not a dictator. He doesn’t rule with an iron hand. He treats his wife with respect and honors her. He shouldn’t talk negatively about her. He doesn’t treat her as though she were a hired servant. Too many men want to dominate their wives. “I wear the pants in this house.”
I give my wife only what I want her to have. You’re do what I say, and don’t give me any lip. These are some of the kinds of things some of us say to and about our wives and the attitudes we have towards them and then we wonder why they’re so rebellious. That’s not rebellion. That’s resisting slavery.
Paul didn’t say, “Do as I say, and don’t ask any questions, because God put me in charge.” No, Paul said, “Follow me as I follow Christ.” That’s how we are to lead. We have to give the women something to follow. We have to show them we have their best interests at heart. Stop trying to lord over your wife. Stop trying to dominate her. God presented the woman to Adam. He accepted her. You accepted yours. You’ve got a long way to go if you’re treating your wife like this.