Scriptural Meditation- 1 Kings 2:1-3

The time came near for David to die; so he commissioned Shlomo his son as follows: “I am going the way of all the earth. Therefore, be strong; show yourself a man. Observe the charge of The LORD your G-d to go in his ways and keep his regulations, mitzvot, rulings and instructions in accordance with what is written in the Torah of Moshe; so that you will succeed in all you do and wherever you go.

As David is about to leave his son to rule over Israel, he admonishes him to live a life dedicated to The LORD. David advises Shlomo that he will have success wherever he goes if he has the strength to show that he is a man by following G-d. This advice is overlooked as far as I can tell. It is also a revolutionary paradigm. It offers an insight into what it means to be a man or prove manhood. The measure of a man is not in wealth, prestige, power, virility or any of the shallow measures of the world. The measure of a man is in restraint, dedication and self-discipline. What makes a godly man a man is as much what he holds himself back from doing as what he drives himself to do.

Published by MJ Muñoz

Husband. Father. Believer. Writer. Publishing weekly toku analysis while working on a series of children's books inspired by tokusatsu.

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