B-rambl(e)-ing

Joan Winifred leadership

Leadership post description…

Bramble ramble:

Once there were trees that went to anoint a king over them. So they said to the olive tree, ‘Rule over us.’ But the olive tree said to them, ‘Must I give up my oil, which they use to glorify God and men, to go and wave over the other trees?’ 10 Then the trees said to the fig tree, ‘Come and rule over us.’ 11 But the fig tree said to them, ‘Must I give up my sweetness and my good fruitage to go and wave over the other trees?’ 12 Next the trees said to the vine, ‘Come and rule over us.’ 13 The vine replied to them, ‘Must I give up my new wine that makes God and men rejoice to go and wave over the trees?’ 14 Finally all the other trees said to the bramble, ‘Come and rule over us.’15 At this the bramble said to the trees, ‘If you are really anointing me as king over you, come and seek refuge under my shadow. But if not, let fire come out of the bramble and consume the cedars of Lebʹa·non.’ (Judges 9:8-15)

Trees & Vegetation:

In the Scriptures, trees at times represent those who are prominent and lofty (compare Eze 31:2-14), whereas the lowly vegetation, like the bramble, grass, or rushes, can represent people generally. (Compare Jg 9:8-15; 2Ki 14:8-10; Isa 19:15; 40:6, 7.) This aids in understanding the significance of Revelation 8:7, which speaks of the burning up of “a third of the trees” and “all the green vegetation.”

Making Application:

The olive tree, the fig tree, and the vine were mentioned. They represented worthy individuals who did not seek to rule over their fellow Israelites. But the bramble—useful only as fuel—represented the kingship of proud Abimelech, a murderer eager to dominate others. Though he ‘played the prince over Israel three years,’ he met an untimely death. (Judg. 9:8-15, 22, 50-54) How much better it is to be “humble in mind”!

The trees are useful for shade and refuge from the scorching sun…illustrating ONLY humble humans are qualified to truly refresh us or help us or to take the lead among us. They may stand tall, like a protective tree over us, thus providing stability, strength, support…but, the manner in which they do so is modestly compassionate not seeking glory for themselves. Likewise, valuable plants may represent or illustrate “worthy” individuals who don’t  seek power or prominence or position over others. But contribute to the peaceful, beautiful landscape of life.

What about now/today/2015: Please notice these intriguing thoughts excerpted from article: Who Is The Right Leader for Today? 

It is true that some leaders have achieved a measure of success. However, they can serve at most for a few decades—and then who is next? One of the most competent leaders who ever lived, King Solomon of ancient Israel, pondered this question. He concluded: “I, even I, hated all my hard work at which I was working hard under the sun, that I would leave behind for the man who would come to be after me. And who is there knowing whether he will prove to be wise or foolish? Yet he will take control over all my hard work at which I worked hard and at which I showed wisdom under the sun. This too is vanity.”—Ecclesiastes 2:18, 19.

Solomon did not know whether his successor would continue his good work or tear it all down. To Solomon, the cycle of replacing old rulers with new ones was “vanity.” Other Bible translations call this process “futile,” or “pointless.” One version says: “It doesn’t make sense.”

At times, violence is used to force a change in rulers. Capable leaders have been cut down as they were doing their work.

Even the best human leaders cannot guarantee their own future. Should you, then, trust them to guarantee yours? The Bible says: “Do not put your trust in nobles, nor in the son of earthling man, to whom no salvation belongs. His spirit goes out, he goes back to his ground; in that day his thoughts do perish.” The Byington translation renders the last part of Ps 146 verse 4: “That day his goodwill is a total loss.”Psalm 146:3, 4.

The advice not to trust in human leaders may be hard to accept. However, the Bible does not say that mankind will never have good, steady leadership. “Look! A king will reign for righteousness itself,” says Isaiah 32:1. Jehovah God, man’s Creator, has prepared “a king,” a Leader, who will soon take full control of earth’s affairs. Who is he? Bible prophecy identifies him.

Efficient organizing of human affairs aka good-compassionate-leadership-government is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo lacking throughout the globe; evidenced by much human suffering & pain…

Can any of today’s so-called leaders in today’s global governments accomplish this:

“In his days the righteous one will sprout, and the abundance of peace until the moon is no more. And he will have subjects from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth.” Under his beneficial rule, earth’s inhabitants will enjoy everlasting and unbroken security. He will destroy all existing weapons and will remove from man’s heart even the desire for conflict. Those men who today attack others like voracious lions or who act like ill-tempered bears toward their neighbors will have changed their dispositions completely. (Isaiah 11:1-9) Peace will be abundant.

Psalm 72 further says in Ps 72 verses 12 through 14: “He will deliver the poor one crying for help, also the afflicted one and whoever has no helper. He will feel sorry for the lowly one and the poor one, and the souls of the poor ones he will save. From oppression and from violence he will redeem their soul, and their blood will be precious in his eyes.” The lowly, poor, and afflicted will become part of one happy human family, unified under the leadership of the King Jesus Christ. Joy, not pain and despair, will characterize their lives.Isaiah 35:10. (excerpted Who Is The Right Leader for Today?)

The kind of rulership/leadership/government we all need IS help for the lowly, poor, afflicted (who of us–on some level–has not found ourselves lowly, afflicted or poor–in some manner or another??)…leadership with a unifying/harmonizing effect resulting in a happy human family!:) Think about it: when any of us follow/try the golden rule and treat others the way we would like to be treated: with love, dignity, respect, forgiveness, compassion..whether we realize fully or not we follow/are imitating the example/precedent set by the “Greatest Man Who Ever Lived!”

THANKS:) for reading…for further context check out:

GREATEST Man’s: COMPASSION Creed: OPEN Arms!

The GREATEST MAN Lives For SO MUCH MORE…:)

Loving the GREATEST MAN who EVER Lived (aka part 2 of previous post)

The GREATEST MAN Who Ever Lived: Killed! (Part 1?)

The Greatest Man: Tender & Tearful (Part 6)

What kind of leader are You?? (All of us have a “measure” of power over something or someone in our every-day lives: how do we dispense this measure: are we…arrogant/dominating/controlling, unreasonable/cruel/damaging or humble/kind/helpful, reasonable/flexible/compassionate?)

Bramble? Cedar?

Jotham’s suggestion that the other figurative trees seek refuge in the shadow of the bramble was doubtless ironic, as the low-growing bramble obviously could not provide shadow for trees, especially the stately cedars mentioned.

The warning was given by Jotham that fire might come out of the bramble “and consume the cedars of Lebanon,” perhaps alluding to the ease with which the dry and leafless plant might catch fire during the hot summer months. Psalm 58:9 also refers to the use of brambles for fuel. (excerpted “Bramble” Insight Vol. 1)

(published 5/9/15 @ 1:36 p.m.)