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Larry Makinson

To Rule Over, What does in mean?

  • To Rule Over, what does it mean?

    This is a question I ask to many people.

    The 2 most common answers I get are along the lines of;


    1:  I am in charge; I ask, are you really in charge?  As a Shepard of a Flock, if one was to get injured is it not you responsibility to help?  Is your helping not a reaction to what has happened?  If you are in a reactive position is it not the Flock that determines what you need to do?  How can you be in charge if what you do is determined by what happens to the Flock?


    2:  I am at the top and all that I rule over is beneath me; I ask, are you really at the top? As a Shepard of a Flock, is the well being of the Flock not your responsibility?  Are you not to tend to the needs of the Flock?  If the Flock needs water is it not your responsibility to get them water?  Should the Flock not drink first before you to insure that your responsibilities have been fulfilled?  Are you not a servant for the needs of the Flock?  How can you be at the top if you are a servant?


    I also see that when people are placed in a position of "Ruling Over" many will beam with pride.

    We must caution against pride and nurture a spirit of humility to insure pride does not cloud that which is important.  We must also remember what the bible teaches us.

    Proverbs 8:13 - The fear of the LORD [is] to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.

    Proverbs 11:2 - [When] pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly [is] wisdom.

    Proverbs 16:5 - Every one [that is] proud in heart [is] an abomination to the LORD: [though] hand [join] in hand, he shall not be unpunished.

    Proverbs 16:18 - Pride [goeth] before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

    Proverbs 26:12 - Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? [there is] more hope of a fool than of him.

    Proverbs 27:2 - Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.

    Proverbs 29:23 - A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.

    Jeremiah 9:23 - Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise [man] glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty [man] glory in his might, let not the rich [man] glory in his riches:

    Romans 12:16 - [Be] of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.

    Galatians 6:3 - For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.

    Philippians 2:3 - [Let] nothing [be done] through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

    James 4:6 - But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

    1 John 2:16 - For all that [is] in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

    I understand that some of what is posted above is from the Old Testament and I have had it said to me that only the New Testament matters.  For anyone that may feel that way I ask that they read this.

    Matthew 5

    17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

    18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

    19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.


    I ask, does it not mean that to "Rule Over" places one in a position of humble servant?


    I kindly and humbly thank all that take the time to read this and encourage all your responses to what I have wrote to be posted.

    May all in the world be blessed, may peace be with you.


  • Gail Dobson
    Gail Dobson I like your analogy in the 1st 2 numbered items. Unfortunately, those "in power" are too often overcome with the greed and corruption of office and lose sight of what's best for those they're responsible for.
    December 5, 2018 - 2 like this
  • Bishop  Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.
    Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A. Amen. I have the same thoughts that Gail posted. There is no place for greed, corruption and lose sight whom they are responsible for.
    December 5, 2018