Man, the Male Leadership Role as Directed by God - Part 4
We ended our last Hub with “God has set the standard and ordained the man to the position of leadership.” Some may not agree; some may not like it; some may choose to go against it, but none, try as they might, can change what God has ordained.
On the next two Hubs we will take a convoluted sidetrack exploring “perfection” and some of the background to God’s standards. This will not be in depth but, hopefully, enough to cause thought and personal study of each topic.
God set standards of “perfection” for a moment in time and/or for all eternity. They are not willy-nilly, fickle standards such as man sets then continually changes to meet his wants. The Apostle Paul zeroes in on this human weakness in Galatians 1:6 and 3:1.
But such has man been from the beginning, setting and twisting standards to meet his wants. Adam and Eve apparently learned a hard lesson as there appears to have been a certain tranquility between them and God after leaving the Garden. But then came their sons and the well known story of Cain and Abel.
Cain murdered his brother Abel. That is the point of the story, at least in most peoples understanding. However, what followed the murder is an even greater story, but lesser advertised.
God gave Cain a chance to be redeemed, Genesis 4:9. He refused. God gave him another opportunity, Genesis 4:10. He refused. And last, Cain blames God for his impending misery, Genesis 4:14, when he could have confessed his sin and been forgiven, according to God’s plan. And even then, God protects him, giving him time to repent. Instead, he went his own way. The result is Genesis 6:5, some 1500 years later. And even the Flood did not change the direction of man.
Many times in scripture we find the word “remnant,” one of the most notable being 2 Kings 19:31. God has always had a remnant of believers to carry on His plan. So it was with Noah. So it is today with the true believer. But over the centuries man has continually tried to circumvent this plan.
One of the ways man has and continues to make his attempt at “freedom” is to assault God directly. With the help and knowledge of the devil, man has tried to put the Almighty God out of the picture, or at least “humanize” Him.
When we note the pantheon of gods such as Zeus, Jupiter, Diana, Aphrodite, these have man-like characteristics, including human failings.
Man has invented gods to minimize his own shortcomings; “Well, if the gods can’t do right always, why would ‘I’ be expected to?” These invented human-like gods were for a purpose, to justify man’s illicit activities in God’s world.
Then, of course, there are the stranger gods, the “freak-show” gods; the hawk-headed man Horus of Egypt, the elephant-headed Ganesha of India and the list goes on. Nor does it stop with the infusion of animal traits into man. There are also the gods invented by other confused and disturbed minds; tree gods, water gods, the hermaphrodites, the many breasted and limbed creatures, gods that demand living human sacrifice, including children.
Are these gods what one might want to emulate, to aspire to be? Perfection is being God-like. Though we never make, it is a goal. To aspire to be a hideous looking creature with an appetite for debauchery of all sorts, does not meet the definition of perfection.
One might find it interesting that the Bible addresses all these and more in Romans 1:18-25. God, then concludes Romans 1 with a list of reasons why man is as he is, but not before including homosexuality in the mix with its relationship to false worship and a standout of sin.
The conclusion of that chapter is Romans 1:26-32. It has a list if characteristics of the type of people that practice abominable religions and life styles. Sad to say, many of these characteristics are found in the more pious attendees of the church of Jesus Christ today, even the leadership.
God’s workings and standards are for a purpose, that we might . . .
“Be ye therefore perfect , even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect, Matthew 5:48,
This verse is the interlude to the Sermon on the Mount. We can be sure that the purpose is for the good of all; not just for one person and not just for an era.
God’s standards for perfection were in place before the machinations of man. And they continue today that the searching, believing man and woman can recognize that which is proper and that which is improper, not in the world, as it has its own course, but in the church whose precepts are the rule. The are found in the Bible. (We’ll deal more with man’s assault on the Bible in later pages.)
But let’s be clear here. The Bible is the “plan book.” And the original plan has always been salvation by faith in God through Jesus Christ.
In the past, God points his Words to Jesus Christ, Genesis 3:15. The later prophets told of they purposes of Jesus Christ, Isaiah 9:6. When Jesus walked the earth, they pointed to Jesus Christ, John 1:29. They point to Jesus Christ today, Acts 4:12. And they point to the future showing Jesus Christ will bring back that perfection that was lost in the Garden, Revelation 22:1-5. Jesus Christ is God’s standard and He is the subject of the Bible and that is why there is such a great assault on the Bible today.
God’s standards are unchanging. He missed nothing. He forgot nothing. When man sinned, God made no adjustments to the plan because the plan was already in place. Everything was finished. And everything was perfectly laid out in His plan.
We'll break and pick up here in the next Hub. . .