Summary: Manliness is a gift from God.
The Art of Biblical Manliness
1 Kings 2:1-4
Recently, there has been a revival of sorts regarding all kinds of things which one might call “manly”.
The “Art of Manliness” has come to regard anything which might be considered a manly pursuit.
It includes things like:
Grooming a beard.
Tying a necktie.
Giving a proper handshake.
Building a campfire.
Sharpening a pocketknife.
There are books, websites, videos and countless blog articles all devoted to this resurgence of all things “manly”.
This has come partly as a response to the attempt of some to radically feminize men.
For many years, “manly” pursuits have been considered almost evil by those who promote a radical form of feminism.
During the radical feminist movement which sprung up in the 60s and 70s, men were often portrayed as the enemy and masculinity was seen as something to be eliminated.
During the Clinton administration, Duke University law professor Madeline Morris, advised the military to eliminate its “masculinist attitudes” such as “dominance, assertiveness, aggressiveness, independence, self-sufficiency, and willingness to take risks.”
There has been an obvious attempt by some in society to suppress anything which might be described as “Manly”.
Manliness not something which should be stifled or eliminated.
Manliness is a gift from God.
God did not create men to be women, nor did He create women to be men.
God created us with natural differences which are meant to complement each other.
Back on Mother’s Day, I taught a message on biblical womanhood.
Today is Father’s Day and we are going to address the “Art of Manliness” from a biblical perspective.
We are going to address the question: What is Biblical Manliness?
There are many places in scripture wherein manliness - or being a man - is commended as virtuous and something worthy of pursuit.
1 Corinthians 13:11 “When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.”
1 Corinthians 16:13 “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.”
When the Lord was preparing Job to answer His questions, he admonished him to “Dress for action, like a man.” (Job 38:3)
So there is an inherent virtue in men behaving as men.
But Biblical manliness involves much more that what the world may see as virtues of manliness.
Worldly Manliness may be focused on things like handshakes and neckties... all of which can be good things... but these are all external things.
Biblical Manliness is concerned with the inner man, the true man, the heart of a man.
Biblical Manliness involves our Character
Biblical Manliness involves our Spiritual Maturity
Biblical Manliness involves our Sanctification
As we examine Biblical Manhood today, these will be the focuses of our attention.
We are going to begin our study at the deathbed of one of the greatest figures of the Old Testament, King David.