WHAT DOES IRON SHARPENS IRON MEAN

Do You Have the Eye of the Tiger?



Character that Counts

If you haven’t had a chance, go back and listen to our Men in the Arena Podcast interview with Rod Handley, Founder of Character that Counts. Both episodes will be well worth your time. We address each of the ten accountability questions Rod uses in his book, Character Counts: Who's Counting Yours?
          Our interview with Rod reminded me of Rocky III and Survivor’s hit song from the movie, Eye of the Tiger. I wondered why so many men have lost their edge on life, their heart for God, and the eye of the tiger. So many have hung their heads in defeat, but God has made us for His victorious purposes! If you have lost the eye of the tiger, then hang on! You are about to get it back!



What You Never Knew about Iron Sharpens Iron

Men don’t wake up one day with the will to win gone. It happens over time as they isolate themselves from God and his people. Oregon is now limiting church services to 25 people indoors. There is no more tempting time for men to excuse away gathering with men to spur each other on (Hebrews 10:23-24). They must fight for eye-of-the-tiger relationships. During these times I can relate to Rough Cut Men founder David Dusek, whose curriculum asks, “Who has Your Six?” At 2:00 AM, who has your six?
          Another friend, Brian Doyle, is the founder of Iron Sharpens Iron Men Conferences, taken from Proverbs 27:17, “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”
          I want to pull out two key points about this verse I bet you never knew. 



Neutered International Version

The New (Neutered) International Version should be ashamed of themselves for purposely watering down the original meanings to accommodate a deteriorating culture. Unless you have the NIV1984 version, I highly recommend you find a biblically accurate translation like Holman Christian Standard Version’s Life Essentials Bible by Gene Getz that we sell on our website with 15000 videos linked through QR Codes.
          This is a great Bible for men!
          The New (Neutered) International Version wrongly translates this verse, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another,” even though the actual Hebrew word is the gender-specific man, meaning men not women. Proverbs 27:17 uses the word picture of iron specifically for men!
          Guys, we need strong brolationships where one man sharpens another one day, and then swap roles on a different day. If one man is always the sharpening agent, then you are in a codependent friendship that is not healthy and needs to change.

Sharpen Your Face

Without wading too deep into the weeds, The King James and New King James Versions translate a certain Hebrew word into “countenance” where others simply use the word “another”. Why? I don’t know. The Hebrew word is so much better.
          The Hebrew word King Solomon used when he wrote this proverb is “pene” or “face”. The Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament explains that the root of pene occurs over 2100 times! Pene carries a multidimensional sense that this is not merely physical but can encompass behavior patterns and is revealing of emotions, moods, and dispositions.
          As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another man’s face.

I Don’t Like His Face

Abraham Lincoln was known as the ugliest man to ever hold a high political office in the United States, which makes this story so funny. Legend has it that when Lincoln was selecting his Cabinet members, one man’s name came up time and again only to have Lincoln repeatedly reject it. Exasperated, Lincolns’ Chief of Staff questioned him as to why.
          Lincoln’s short reply was simply, “I don’t like his face.”
          “But sir” The Chief of Staff replied, “No man can help the face he was born with.” (In other words, look at your ugly face!)
          To which Lincoln snapped back, “After 40, every man is responsible for his face!”

Boots on the Ground

Brother, you are responsible for your face. Your face is important. At some point you must stop blaming your past and take action—take responsibility for your face!
          Who is sharpening yours? Join a MITA small group. Engage in face sharpening friendships with iron men like yourself.
          Do it now.

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