What if you overheard this story being told when you were out to lunch one day—-
"Oh, yeah, he knew he was going to die. And his son came to see him at the hospital. He wanted him to come. And do you know what he said to that boy? Why, he told him, "Be strong! Act like a man…."
What if this was all the conversation that you heard? What if these people walked out of the restaurant just after they said these words?
What would you suppose "Be strong and act like a man" meant?
Go a step further and answer what being strong and acting like a man means to you personally.
In the book of 1 Kings, we find the account of David as he is nearing death.
His son, Solomon, is with him.
So, what words would the leader of a great nation have to say before he dies?
What words would a loving dad have to say to his son?
"So be strong, act like a man…."
He doesn’t stop there, however:
When the time drew near for David to die, he gave a charge to Solomon his son.
“I am about to go the way of all the earth,” he said. “So be strong, act like a man, and observe what the Lord your God requires: Walk in obedience to him, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and regulations, as written in the Law of Moses. Do this so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go and that the Lord may keep his promise to me: ‘If your descendants watch how they live, and if they walk faithfully before me with all their heart and soul, you will never fail to have a successor on the throne of Israel.’
–I Kings 2:1-4
1. Be strong.
2. Act like a man.
3. Observe what the LORD requires.
4. Walk in obedience to the LORD.
5. Keep the LORD’s decrees and commands.
6. Keep the laws and regulations in the Law of Moses
If I read this list in reverse, it would seem to suggest that keeping God’s commands and being obedient to Him is defined as being strong and acting like a man.
Is there any "strength" greater than devotion to God?
Along with other instructions, David chose to leave his son with these words.
What do you think you would say?
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