God created both men and women in his image and likeness. Scripture portrays men in both their strengths and weaknesses, their successes and failures. While noting that they are incomplete without women, and share equally in the privileges and tasks entrusted to them by God, men have nevertheless been given specific responsibilities by God.
The place of men
The role of men
As leaders in the early church 1Ti 3:2 See also Ac 6:2-6; 1Ti 2:12 The role of teaching and exercising authority is here restricted to men. Interpretations vary as to whether Paul is reflecting cultural circumstance or establishing theological principle; 1Ti 3:8
The character requirements of men
To be good fathers to their children Eph 6:4 See also Ge 37:3-4 Jacob’s favouritism was the cause of resentment developing in the family; 1Sa 3:12-13 Eli is rebuked for having failed to father his sons properly; Col 3:21
To exercise proper sexual restraint 1Th 4:3-7 That Paul is particularly thinking of men here seems apparent from the NIV footnote at verse 4. See also Lev 18:1-22; Pr 6:23-29; Mt 5:27-28; 1Co 5:1-2; 1Co 7:2-5
Examples of godly men
Ge 6:9 Noah; Ge 22:1-12 Abraham; Ex 32:30-32 Moses; 1Sa 24:1-7 David; 2Ki 18:1-7 Hezekiah; Job 1:1-8 Job; Da 6:10 Daniel; Ac 4:13-20 Peter and John; Ac 7:54-60 Stephen; Heb 11:4-28 OT heroes of faith; Jas 5:17-18 Elijah
Examples of godly men who had moments of failure
Ge 20:1-3 Abraham was deceitful; Nu 20:2-12 Moses and Aaron showed unbelief; 2Sa 11:1-27 David committed adultery with Bathsheba and plotted Uriah’s death; 1Ki 19:1-5 Elijah became fearful and wanted to die; Jnh 1:1-3 Jonah ran from God’s call on his life; Mt 26:69-75 pp Mk 14:66-72 pp Lk 22:55-62 pp Jn 18:16-18 pp Jn 18:25-27 Peter denied Jesus Christ; Ac 16:36-40 Paul and Barnabas fell into sharp disagreement.
Examples of ungodly men
Ge 19:4-5 The ungodliness of the men of Sodom lay in sexual immorality; Ge 38:8-10 Onan’s ungodliness lay in failing to fulfil his obligations to his brother’s wife; Nu 16:1-35 Korah’s ungodliness lay in rebellion against God’s leaders; 1Sa 2:12 Eli’s sons’ungodliness lay in their abuse of the sacrifices; 1Ki 16:29-33 Ahab’s ungodliness lay in intermarriage and idolatry; 2Ki 21:1-9 pp 2Ch 33:1-9 Manasseh’s ungodliness lay in idolatry, divination and human sacrifice; Mt 2:16 Herod’s ungodliness lay in the wholesale slaughter of infants; Mt 14:3-11 pp Mk 6:17-28 Herod the tetrarch’s ungodliness lay in immorality and murder; Ac 8:9-23 Simon’s ungodliness lay in the practice of magic; Jude 4-19 The ungodliness of men in the church lay in their rejection of apostolic doctrine and lifestyle.
Examples of fearful men
Ge 26:7-9 Isaac’s fear of the Philistines led him to lie; Nu 13:26-33 The spies’fear led them to give a bad report; 1Sa 28:5-7 Saul’s fear of the Philistines led him to enquire of a medium when the
Examples of weak men
Lev 26:36-39 Men who are disobedient to God will be weak; 1Sa 3:12-13 Eli’s weakness lay in failing to restrain his sons; 1Ki 21:1-16 Ahab’s weakness lay in his allowing his wife to rule his life and his kingdom.
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