“Ye and your wives have both spoken.”

biblical manhoodJeremiah 44:15-26 Then all the men which knew that their wives had burned incense unto other gods, and all the women that stood by, a great multitude, even all the people that dwelt in the land of Egypt, in Pathros, answered Jeremiah, saying, As for the word that thou hast spoken unto us in the name of the LORD, we will not hearken unto thee. But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem… Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, saying; Ye and your wives have both spoken with your mouths, and fulfilled with your hand, saying, We will surely perform our vows that we have vowed, to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her: ye will surely accomplish your vows, and surely perform your vows. Therefore hear ye the word of the LORD, all Judah that dwell in the land of Egypt; Behold, I have sworn by my great name, saith the LORD, that my name shall no more be named in the mouth of any man of Judah in all the land of Egypt, saying, The Lord GOD liveth.

As my uncle would say many times, “where are the men”? We find men here allowing their wives to be influenced, and then allowing their wives to influence them for wrong. And they went a step further. Their wives’ influence caused them to speak out against the preacher and the Word of God. There is a dearth of men in our country and yea, our world. Of course, I don’t mean a dearth of physical manhood, but biblical manhood. It’s so evident, and there are so many ways this is evident. Might we be men that are spiritual, and that walk with God. Might we not be thermometers, but thermostats, and set the spiritual temperature of our homes and our churches. I’ve seen in my life that, during the times Satan can’t get to me, he’ll go after my wife, as the weaker vessel. I don’t like it. It’s not fair. But he does.  My prayer this morning is that I’d be, that we as God’s men would be, the “saviour of the body”, as we are admonished in Scripture.

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