Man or Mouse

Throughout history, the comparison of “a man or a mouse” has been used to differentiate between:

  • something or nothing
  • intelligent or ignorant
  • significant or worthless
  • trustworthy or unethical
  • bold or timid
  • courageous or coward
  • daring or fearful

In Scripture there is both a general call, and then also a very specifical calls, for every man to be a man, and not a mouse.

The general call comes without much explanation in 1 Corinthians 16:13, but with the idea of “courage” in Joshua 24:14-15.

The opposite of Biblical manhood, being the proverbial mouse, is illustrated very vividly in Ezekiel24-31 as those who, though men, are spineless amidst lawless ‘believers’ (26), partake in government corruption (27), enjoy spiritual deception (28), and relish in social injustice (29). The best all-encompasing description of such mouse-like men is what 1 Peter 3:1 calls ‘men who are “disobedient to the word”‘.

The specific calls to non-mouse-like manhood address all areas of a man’s life. Each one is worth individual attention, and not one is to be neglected.  Each is phrased in terms of changing from a mouse to a man.

Earth Walker to Earth Worker / Maximiser
Genesis 1:26-27 Use earth purposefully, don’t leech carelessly
Ecclesiastes 9:7-8, 10 Don’t waste your earthly capabilities

Marriage Mocker to Marriage Magnifier
All men: Hebrews 13:4
Married men: 1 Peter 3:7 You honour marriage my honouring a person – your wife

Wife Haver to Wife Lover
Ephesians 5:25-26 Love and spiritual guidance
Ecclesiastes 9:9 and Song of Solomon 8:7 Don’t be the stupid man who gives his wife excuses. Be the man that makes such a big deal of your marriage, that when somebody offers you something else, that all your friends will mock him for his naivety thinking he can pull you away from devotion to your wife. Be romantic; make time for her desire; make excuses to neglect the world to be with your wife.

Financial Plodder to Financial Planner
1 Timothy 5:8 financial schrewdness to maximise what little or much you might hate. Consider how much you will make, and how much of it will be spent in what way (even if your wife is better at the administration of it, you be the planner).
Proverbs 27:23 – knowledge is king – know where every cent comes from, and where it all goes

Children Delegater to Children Discipler
Proverbs 23:26 Intense input, Also 13-14 – discipline is part of the teaching package – disobedience is a teaching moment (wasted by countless fathers every day)
Deuteronomy 6:6-8 – in the daily run of life, Dads, you get up
May you receive the same commendation as Abraham in Genesis 18:19

Church Goer to Church Grower
Example of Paul and the men working with him in 1 Thessalonians 1:5b. These are men working for the spiritual “sake of others”. Specifically, be men known for 2:11-12.

Godliness Faker to Godliness Model
Titus 2:2, 6, 7 vs 1:12-13

Prayer Mumbler to Prayer Volunteer
1 Timothy 2:8

Men, act like men. Be strong. Raise your boys to be men, not mice, and raise your girls to know the difference.

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