October 25, 2014

“Man vs. Male”

Bible Study verses how to be a Man versus Male:

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Vitruvian Man (Leonardo Da Vinci)
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Where are all the men?

God took a look around and said to Himself …

In Ezekiel 22:30 “So I sought for a man among them who would stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land that I should not destroy it, but I found no one.”

Bible study verses how to be a Man versus Male
No one.

A no-man’s land.

God found NO MAN in the land.

God took a look around and observed …

I see a bunch of MALES but where are all the MEN?

So,
Bible study verses how to be a Man versus Male

What is the difference between a Male and a Man?

And what is God looking for in a man?

Bible study verses how to be a Man versus Male
A few details and definitions will help us.

Ever since we fell in the Garden of Eden, God has been looking for males who are men.

Perhaps we should go back to the beginning and see what we can learn.
Bible study verses how to be a Man versus Male

In Genesis 1:26-28 God said

“Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply.”

One of the first things we learn is that God made MALE & FEMALE when He made us.

Let’s get scientific!

A ‘MALE’ is a person with a ‘X’ & ‘Y’ chromosome pair in the cell nuclei.

A ‘FEMALE’ is a person with a ‘X’ & ‘X’ chromosome pair in the cell nuclei.

Male = X + Y.

Female = X + X.

In other words, if you came out of the womb with certain body parts (look down) … and with certain chemical hormones and a ‘X’ + ‘Y’ chromosome pair (look within) …

YOU ARE A MALE!

Your core composition is that of a male.

Now,

Another one of the first things we learn is that God made us (male & female) in the image and likeness of Him.

Pretty cool if that’s true!

Better than being the image and likeness of a gorilla, huh?

God or gorilla? Big God or big bang? … you’ll need to study science a little more if you’re confused.
Bible study verses how to be a Man versus Male

According to the Bible, as a MALE, God created you in the image and likeness of Him.

Bible study verses how to be a Man versus Male
God made you to be a MAN who is the image of WHO HE IS.

God made you a “living being” (body-soul-and-spirit) … like He is.

God made you a spiritual, intellectual, emotional, and physical being … like He is.

In the beginning,

We were in complete-agreement with our Creator.

We were a perfect-connection between Male-ness and Man-ness,

with God-given qualities in our body-soul-and-spirit.

We were made to be fruitful & multiply both spiritually-intellectually-emotionally-and-physically.

Perfect!

Complete agreement!

Then,

We fell.

And after the Fall,

We messed up the complete-agreement between us and our Creator.

We messed up the perfect connection between our Male-ness and Man-ness.

We kept our God-given qualities as a Male, but …

We lost our God-given qualities as a Man.
Bible study verses how to be a Man versus Male

Guys, we created a difference between being a Male and being a Man.

Bible study verses how to be a Man versus Male
So, what is the difference between a man and a male?

Man vs. Male.

You are ‘hard-wired’ to be a male.

You will have to ‘work-hard’ to be a man.

You have no choice of whether you are a male.

You have to make a choice to be a man.

You don’t have to give anything to be a male.

You have to give everything to be a man.
Bible study verses how to be a Man versus Male

Being a Man will take everything you’ve got … and EVERYTHING God gives.

Bible study verses how to be a Man versus Male
To be a man,

You will have to regain (receive) the God-given qualities He first gave us when He made us.

You will have to regain (receive) the complete-agreement and perfect-connection we once had with Him when He made us.

How?

Understand this …

Males live ONLY for themselves – aka self-fulfillment.

Men live ONLY for God – aka God-fulfillment.

Males can multiply BUT are not fruitful.

Men are fruitful AND multiply.

Males live for how they define fun or fame or fortune or all of those combined.

Men live for how God defines fun, fame, and fortune.

Males live for the ‘now’ and ‘fleeting’ things.

Men live for the ‘now’ AND for the ‘forever’ things.
Bible study verses how to be a Man versus Male

God said it this way in the Bible.

Bible study verses how to be a Man versus Male

Jeremiah 9:23-24

“Thus says the LORD: ‘Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches; but let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me that I am the LORD, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. for in these I delight,’ says the LORD.”

See the difference?

Fellow Males … how do we make sure we become Men?

Not by wisdom, not by might or strength or power, not by riches.

Rather,

ONE, by knowing and understanding that God is the LORD.

TWO, by exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in your life here on earth.

THREE, by glorifying and glorying in the LORD.
Bible study verses how to be a Man versus Male

God also said it this way in the Bible.

Bible study verses how to be a Man versus Male

Micah 6:8

“He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?”

See the difference?

Not by self-improvement and/or not by religion and religious activity.

Rather,

ONE, do justly.

TWO, love mercy.

THREE, walk humbly with your God (a personal relationship with God).

Listen, fellow Males!

Men have been calling on the Lord to help them carry out these ONE, TWO, THREEs ever since the beginning after the Fall.

It’s one of my favorite verses in the Bible …
Bible study verses how to be a Man versus Male

Genesis 4:26

“As for Seth to him a son was born; and he named him Enosh. Then men began to call on the name of the LORD.”

How ’bout you?

Have you began to call upon the name of the Lord?

You’re only a MALE until you do.

You can’t be a MAN until you begin to call on the name of the Lord and ask Him to help you live those ONE, TWO, THREEs.

You can’t be a man until God restores you to complete-agreement with Him.

You can’t be a man until God restores you to the perfect-connection He created in you.

Be a Man … not just a Male!
Bible study verses how to be a Man versus Male

Let God turn you from simply male to wonderfully man.

Bible study verses how to be a Man versus Male
Man vs. Male.

Listen for His call.
Bible study verses how to be a Man versus Male

Isaiah 6:8

“I heard the voice of the Lord saying: ‘Whom shall I send and who will go for Us?’  Then I said, ‘Here am I! Send me.'”

Be the Man God created you to be.

Start to “stand in the gap for God” on behalf of the land!

Be a Man!

Bible study on being a Man versus Male

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