Normally this term of endearment is associated with men giving each other high fives and chest bumps, preceded by a guy doing something phenomenally, extraordinarily, awesomely great!
In other words, you are the man, is significantly congratulatory.
Am I right?
From a biblical point of view it’s exactly the opposite. It’s accusatory.
The book of 2 Samuel tells the story of King David watching Bathsheba bathing on the roof top. He has her brought to him and sleeps with her. Then David has Bathsheba’s husband, Uriah, killed so he can marry Bathsheba and cover his sin. The normally compassionate king becomes so obsessed with hiding what he’s done he becomes calloused to his own wrong doing.
God sends the prophet Nathan to David to reveal his deeds. He does so by telling him a story about a rich man who had a large number of cattle and a poor man who had only a little ewe lamb. The lamb was everything to the poor man.When a traveler came to visit the rich man, instead of using one of his own cattle for the traveler’s meal he takes the poor man’s only possession, the little ewe lamb.
David is outraged by the evil of the rich man in the story and tells Nathan the man should be put to death. At which time Nathan replies to King David,
“You are the man!” 2 Samuel 12:7 (NIV)
Now that ought to put the fear of God in you! (reference to last weeks phrase.
Plus, next time you hear the catchphrase, you are the man, you’ll have a whole new perspective because you’ll know what it really means.
Another phrase most of us would like to hear, especially after we’ve been on diet is,
“You’re nothing but skin and bones.”
But my boys hated it.
When they were young they were finicky eaters. When we’d get together with family inevitably somebody would tell one of them, if they didn’t learn to eat, they’d end up being nothing but skin and bones.
Nothing but skin and bones is word for word from Job 19:20.
God allowed Satan to test his servant Job to prove his faithfulness. When God withdrew his protection from Job, Satan caused a series of calamities to befall him. He lost his family, his home, his friends, and his health. In chapter 19, he calls out to God for help. He recounts all that has happened to him and tells God what he as become, nothing but skin and bones.
Job thinks that God has done this to him.
The Israelites believed God caused the evil in the world as well as the good. Job didn’t know of the conversation God had with Satan giving Satan permission to test Job knowing that he would remain faithful. (Job 1:12).
And that’s what we see in Job 19:25-27, Job does remain faithful in spite of his troubles.
“I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on this earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God. I myself will see him with my own eyes I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me.”
God does not cause the evil in this world but sometimes allows things to occur in order to test us. But we can be confident in God’s promise to us in Romans 8:28 that “He will make all things work together for the good of those who love the Lord and are called according to his purpose.”
The phrases, You are the man, and I’m nothing but skin and bones are,
Just a drop in the bucket.
And that’s the phrase we’ll explore next week as we continue in the series, The Word of God is alive and active and shows up in the oddest places!
Looking forward, pressing on, seeking God with you.