Words have meaning. I’ve said this before and lately more than once. There is a difference between power and authority. The title here is power and maybe we’ll look at the word authority later, but sometimes the meaning of the term power converges with authority and sometimes it doesn’t.
Often people in authority are spoken of as having ‘power’. We also refer to streams or rivers as being a powerful force of nature such as flash floods or waterfalls.
I’ve spoken of my Pinterest boards that I use in settings for my stories and characters. I also have a board for horses.
I’ve been fascinated with horses all of my knowing life. My Grandfather used a team of horses for working his farmland all of the years he worked his farmland.
His teams were large and powerful, yet they were controlled by a bit and driver. Which brings me to another word: meek.
Most people when they hear the word meek think of ‘weak’. Like the phrase, ‘She’s so meek, butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth.’ However, the word meek actually means ‘strength under control’.
To illustrate the word meek and its definition some have used the idea of a large powerful team of horses willing to do the bidding of the driver with only reins and voice command.
There is a song in our hymn books, ‘Ten Thousand Angels’, in reference to Jesus being able to call ten thousand angels at his slightest whim, but he didn’t. In the words of the chorus, “He died alone, for you and me…”
“Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?”
(Matthew 26:53-54 KJV)
“Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me. And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them. All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.”
(Matthew 21:2-5 KJV)