The pursuit of Biblical Manhood can be very elusive. It can be like trying to excel at all the gifts of the Spirit. Pile on top of that leadership imploring that you need accountability and mentoring just to survive until next Sunday. Every proclivity is treated as an addiction and a week of spiritual rehab and repentance is needed, again, just to survive until next Sunday. As being a Heralder of Men’s Accountability, I have had to take a deep breathe and try to simplify this whole process.
The Bible paints an amazing picture of accountability with the example of two men on a roof. Recall King David alone on a roof when he should have been leading troops to war. Instead, he lusted after a woman, slept with her, murdered her husband, and then tried to cover it up. Another man lying on a mat, paralyzed, is carried onto a roof by four friends and lowered through the same roof to be healed by Jesus. Amazing opposites. Imagine how King David’s tale would have been different if he had four men advising him to be at war instead alone drooling over bathing women. An amazing portrait of accountability.
I scoured the Bible to locate a portrayal similar to the two men on a roof that portrayed an example of Biblical manhood. Over the years, I have noticed two camps in the church-a ‘gentle’ man and a ‘rough’ man. I’ve heard the Jacob and Esau example used and it did not sit well with me because God loathed Esau. Still I believe there are two kinds of men. Those that run toward danger and those that stay back and fortify the front. Both are needed and both fill our pews of our churches today. One is not better than the other. God’s Word gives two examples of two different men that God chose to write about. Both warriors entered a lion’s pit and lived to tell about it.
Many have heard about Daniel in the Lion’s Den. Daniel was a slave so favored by King Darius he was chosen to govern the government. Details mattered to him. He was submissive to the authority he was under but he obeyed God’s law. Daniel never lifted a spear or took a human life. But…Daniel was a prayer warrior on his knees. He abided in God’s laws, not eating the Babylonian food, and choosing to pray despite a law forbidding him. Daniel was thrown in to lion’s den as punishment for breaking that law but God protected him. God shut the lions mouth shut and Daniel survived a night in a lion’s pit.
The other example is Benaiah. In scripture, we read of a valiant warrior turning the tables and chasing a lion into a pit, and, then killing the large feline. This man is different from Daniel but needed. This man runs towards gunfire. He is a warrior in a different manner. He is a man of action with his physical nature. He is a man that seizes opportunity. His hands are calloused and a hard days work for him is the soreness in his muscles. This man is needed as a warrior. And our pews are filled with this type of man. He is a risk taker. Ironically, he was King David’s head of Security. Do you not think he knew David was on a roof by himself. Hmmmm.
So which man are you? Are you Benaiah or Daniel?
I think all of us have a traits of each. As I posted last week-I am no gentleman. You will tolerate a man like me because you sleep better at night knowing I hunt the lions you believe don’t exist. My life resonates with Benaiah’s. I hunt those lions. But when I find myself surrounded or thrown into a lion pit will I have lived my life like Daniel to be spared the tearing of my spirit?
Simplified? Maybe. I just prefer these two men as examples of Biblical Manhood instead of Jacob and Esau.