“Then said he unto Zebah and Zalmunna, What manner of men were they whom ye slew at Tabor? And they answered, As thou art, so were they; each one resembled the children of a king. And he said, They were my brethren, even the sons of my mother: as the LORD liveth, if ye had saved them alive, I would not slay you. And he said unto Jether his firstborn, Up, and slay them. But the youth drew not his sword: for he feared, because he was yet a youth. Then Zebah and Zalmunna said, Rise thou, and fall upon us: for as the man is, so is his strength. And Gideon arose, and slew Zebah and Zalmunna, and took away the ornaments that were on their camels’ necks.” (Judges 8:18-21)
Good morning. And how are you? For as the man is, so is his strength. And man should have been strong: he was created in God’s image…
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” (Genesis 1:26-27)
If we are created in God’s image, then when people look at us, they aught to see Jesus. Do they? As a man, Jesus is our example: our perfect example. He is obedient to the Father. He is truthful. He cares for and loves others, even His enemies. He is faithful and prayerful.
How do you stack up against a real man? You don’t have to answer, the Bible is clear: we all fall short of God’s glory. The best thing we can do is stop comparing ourselves to other, and use Jesus as our example on how to be a man. For as the man is, so is his strength.
Peace! (Judges 16:19-30)
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