Mail Men: Guys That Deliver - Becoming Men of Steel

Friday, June 21, 2013 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Gen 49:22 Joseph is a fruitful tree, A fruitful tree by a well; His branches run over the wall.

Eze. 22:30, I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none. 

Men of steel are males who are transformed by God, the Holy Spirit, and the Word of God. Like the process that transforms raw iron into steel, God transforms males into men.

God created men to get things done. Guys that sit around doing nothing, or doing harmful things, is contrary to God's nature and to His purpose for men and boys. Remember that boys are just little men in development. A male or man is not only matter of physical attributes or outward appearance. There are also factors in the soul and heart that define a man.

Males and boys need to become "Men of Steel." No, not like "Superman," the imaginary superhero character, from an imaginary place, with imaginary powers. I'm thinking about real men of steel like my father and grandfathers who laid a firm foundation in my life!

In athletics, I thank about the retired NBA basketball player, Karl Malone, who became known as "The mailman", because "He delivered."

In the working world, I think about U.S. Postal Service mail carriers who are also called "mailmen." We've heard the motto,  "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” Mail carriers deliver regardless of the circumstances.

We are living in a day that is not unlike the days in which Joseph and Ezekiel lived. Because of fallen human nature, sin and corruption have plagued men, people and society in every generation.

God said, “I looked for a man.” This Hebrew word for "man" is not the word meaning "person," man or woman. It is the Hebrew word meaning “male.” Why did God say he looked for a man? Because men can often do the most harm or the most good.  Indifferent and irresponsible men can cause abuse and neglect that wreck havoc on our society. However, engaged and responsible men and can bring deliverance and healing to our society.

God said, “ I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land…”

The wall represents the moral and righteous structure or barrier that supports a blessed and fruitful life. The wall both sustains and protects inhabitants of the house.

The gap or breach is the space between unfinished or broken sections of a wall. Now, what happens to wall that is repeatedly broken in places? It weakens and falls. Today, because of the Lord Jesus Christ and his work of redemption, we have hope. We have men who can stand in the gap and make up the hedge.

Paul told his spiritual son Timothy, "Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. That good thing which was committed to you, keep by the Holy Spirit who dwells in us." (2 Tim. 1:13-14)

The Greek word for “pattern” is “typos." Typos is the mark of a stroke or blow, like old style printing.  It is a figure formed by a blow or impression. Boys need to see and hear a pattern, which are words and examples that are impressed upon their minds and hearts. Patterns of sound words cause boys to become men, and males to become men of steel.

Joseph became a man of steel in fulfillment of the words of his father Jacob: "Joseph is a fruitful tree, A fruitful tree by a well; His branches run over the wall." (Gen. 49:22)

Joseph was thirty when the promotion came (Genesis 41:46). He was seventeen when he was sold into slavery (Gen. 37:2). He had thirteen years of challenges, confusion, not knowing why he was going through situations he did not create for himself. From the Pit, to the Potiphar’s Place, to the Prison, and finally to Pharoah’s Palace.  Joseph proved God pattern in his life. He endured the tests, held to his character, and transformed into a man of steel. He became that "fruitful tree." He ultimately saved his whole family and nation in a time of famine.

Again, men of steel are males who are transformed by God, the Holy Spirit, and the Word of God. Like the process that transforms raw iron into steel, God transforms males into men.

Example of how iron becomes steel: "Steel is the most refined metal that can be made from iron.  In the blast furnace, where impurities are removed from the iron, and other key chemicals are added, the iron becomes a much stronger metal.” (Wikepedia)

Like Joseph, Peter, Paul, and even our Lord Jesus, God's Word, experiences that test and grow our faith, and the love of God because the furnace and additives that cause us to transform from corruptible to incorruptible.

We become men of steel through the grace of God!

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Water Touching the Sky

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Got away for a day of rest after many consecutive days of necessary work and ministry. Looking at water touching the sky (Lake Michigan @ St. Joseph, MI) always refreshes me. It has a timeless quality, a divine essense, and a largeness of scale that elevates my outlook on life.


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Letter to My Son on His Wedding Day

Monday, June 03, 2013 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

On Saturday, June 1, 2013 our first born child and oldest son became married to a lovely young woman. This was our first experience of Holy Matrimony among our four children and a new, joyous chapter in our lives. As a father and Bible teacher, the significance of the day was not lost on me.

On the morning of June 1 during my devotional time, I wrote a letter to my son. I wanted to share a few excerpts of that personal letter as an encouragement to my readers, to dads, and parents:

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To my son,

1 Corinthians 3:11 (NIV) For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

I wanted to write you a letter on your wedding day.

This is a great day and a milestone! This is one of the greatest experiences in life. Marrying your mother was the second greatest experience of my life. The first was receiving Christ as my Lord and Savior. My third greatest experience was the day you were born.

Ephesians 5:25 (NIV) Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her …31“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” 32 This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church.

Marriage does not only happen on earth in the ceremony. It happens in heaven in the presence of God. Marriage is an earthly representation of Christ and His church. It is a mystical union of unity in person and in purpose. How two can become one is a "profound" mystery.

For this reason, we call Christian marriage, "Holy Matrimony." Your whole life changes today in wonderful ways. Another person will take your name (and our name). She will become your wife today and the two of you will become one and one in Christ. The "In Christ" dimension is the most important. Since this marriage is being established on the foundation of Christ, you will want to honor Jesus Christ, lead your wife and family into the same life/lifestyle upon which your marriage is based.

Today, you will be married on the Firm Foundation of Christ. Now build and strengthen your union on that same foundation!

I love you son!
Dad

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