I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback on last week’s post about men being the standard bearer. Men have shared with me their own personal struggles with bearing the standard for their families. Women have shared their conflict of desiring a man to be a strong leader and yet the fear of not liking the standard that’s been set. These conversations led me to these questions …
Would God create us and then leave us without a purpose? Would He not also give mankind a standard to govern their lives by? Men have an awesome responsibility when it comes to leadership. And, it goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden. Adam, the first man, was given the task and honor of being the first standard-bearer. He was to bear the standard for himself, his wife and the family that was yet to come. But, it was God who established the standard for Heaven and Earth, including Adam, from the very beginning of time.
GOD IS THE ULTIMATE STANDARD
“These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that Jehovah God made earth and heaven.” And no plant of the field was yet in the earth, and no herb of the field had yet sprung up; for Jehovah God had not caused it to rain upon the earth: and there was not a man to till the ground; but there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.
There have been many times in my life that I have asked myself the question, “What am I called to do?” Well, there is one thing that I know for sure … since I am a man, God called me to be just that – a man. I will never forget the day, that my wife, Amy, told me that I am the one that sets the pulse for our household. She asked me if I ever watched long distant running races and went on to explain about “the rabbit.” The rabbit is a runner who isn’t actually competing but runs out ahead and sets the pace for the runners. Amy said sometimes she feels like she’s out ahead of the family trying to pull the rest of us along. She told me that I should be like the rabbit for our family – out in front – setting the pace. Amy went on to say that when I’m in a funk, as she likes to call it, it can be felt by her and our girls. It affects the mood, or pace, of the whole family.
CALLED TO SET THE STANDARD
At first, this hit me like a ton of bricks. On the inside I was fuming. What about you, I thought, why should I have to bare such a heavy responsibility? Are you kidding me I thought? That’s when the Holy Spirit step in and said, “she’s right Adam”! Amy’s words, ” you are the one that sets the pulse for our household”, was really her way of admonishng me in a loving way. She was reminding me that God has called the men to set the standard for their household and to uphold it. Men who set the standards for their household protect him and his family. Initially I didn’t realize the depth of what my wife was sharing with me. I had mistakenly taken my wife’s comment as an assult upon my character, I was totally wrong.
So when I came across the follwing portion of scripture in the Bible, it all started to come together, the awesome responsibility that men are called to bear. God spoke to Moses and his brother Aaron on how men to assemble around the tribal standard.
WHAT IS A STANDARD
The Hebrew word for standard is degel, it means flag or banner and it speaks as to how Israelites were to organize themselves when encamp around the tabernacle of God. The Israel were made up of twelve tribes, each tribe came from the decedents of Jacob’s twelve sons. And each tribe had its own banner, there were four standards representing four divisions that three of each tribe fell under.
Biblical reference says that each tribe (family) were to pitched their tent some distance away from the tabernacle. At the sounding of a trumpet the community would assemble or break camp. At the sounding of both silver trumpets everyone must gather around the tabernacle. But when only one trumpets was sound then only the leaders – the heads of each tribe were to assemble before Moses. Only the priest were permitted to sound the trumpets, Aaron’s decendants.