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August 13, 2020, 9:00 AM

Why did Jesus select twelve men as His inner-circle of disciples?

Many today would say it’s because the Bible is antiquated, outdated, and full of sexism and anti-female rhetoric.

The correct answer is that Jesus, the Creator and Sustainer of all (Heb 1:3), knew that men have the greatest impact-potential on families. Where the man goes, the family typically follows.

Because of Adam’s apathy and failure in Eden, sin entered the world (Rom 5:12). Therefore God promised Eve (mother of the living), that her desire would be for her husband (Gen 3:16). This isn’t a sexual thing, it’s a power/control thing that often surfaces out of simple necessity.

In the vacuum of strong, courageous, bold, confident, passionate, godly men obedient and abandon unto Yahweh... God foretold that women would be the leaders of their families as men constantly strive, struggle, worry and are utterly consumed with insecurities about ever being good enough, man-enough.

That’s why God told Adam the garden he would attempt to build apart from God would only ever “produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat... by the sweat of your brow.” The sweat of Adam's brow wasn't from gardening or physical exertion, but the sweat of worry, anxiety, unrest and inner turmoil. God was graciously telling Adam, telling all men, that pursuing anything other than God would be a self-defeating and self-destructive endeavor with tragic, and ultimately fatal, consequences.

The remedy?

Men, like Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, and Paul, men after God’s own heart! Men abandon unto Christ come what may! “Your will be done!”

Revelation 21:8 tells us we can be courageous unto everlasting life or cowards unto eternal torment. “But cowards... their fate is in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

"We were warriors

on the front lines

Standing, unafraid

But now

we're watchers

on the sidelines

While our families

slip away

Where are you,

men of courage?

You were made

for so much more

Let the pounding

of our hearts cry

'We will serve

the Lord!!!'

We were made to be courageous!"*





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*lyrics from Casting Crowns' song, “Courageous