Names of God: Governor
by Lee Mielke
Today we look at another of the wonderful Names of Jesus/God; this time “Governor” or “Ruler” as some translations have it in Matt. 2:6; (quoting from the Prophet in Micah 5:2)
“And you Bethlehem land of Judah
ARE BY NO MEANS LEAST AMONG THE LEADERS OF JUDAH;
FOR OUT OF YOU SHALL COME A GOVERNOR/RULER, WHO WILL SHEPHERD MY PEOPLE ISRAEL.”
We know who our Governor is; Jay Inslee, whether we want to admit that right now or not….LOL….But who is our real Governor?
The Greek word used in Matt. 2 is “Hegeomai” and it primarily signifies to lead on or to lead forward. To be the chief or principal, to preside, govern, or rule, whether in a temporal sense or in a spiritual one.
That is indeed Who Jesus is, our “RULING SHEPHERD!”
Are WE following that Ruling Shepherd?
And he is a Shepherd.
The Scripture speaks of His people being His sheep and we love that analogy until we realize that sheep are some of the dumbest animals that walk the face of the earth. Not exactly a compliment….however we do resemble that remark!
But, by the sheep following the Ruler/Shepherd, we who were “considered as sheep to be slaughtered,” as it says in Romans 8, can become “conquering sheep,” in fact we are “more than conquers,” or we “overwhelmingly conquer.”
Doesn’t that sound like an oxymoron?
I love how Bible teacher David Jeremiah speaks of this passage. He points out that there are no professional sports teams called sheep.
Looking at football, we have the Rams, the Bears, the Lions, even the Seahawks, but no sheep….and yet that is what God calls us.
As I contemplate the suffering and resurrection of our Ruler Shepherd in this Lenten season, I can only baaaaa in submission, praise Him in my “sheepish way,” and follow wherever He leads me.
Go out into the world ye mighty conquering sheep and don’t let Satan “pull the wool over your eyes.”