Lordship Biblically Speaking Part 1
One of the most common words used in all of the scripture is the word lord (in the English translations). Within the Bible, when read in the different translations or versions, often times there is an attempt to replace “lord” with God’s name, Yahweh or Jehovah (being the primary English translations).
The thing is that the word lord is very important as it relates to the bible, to the King, and to the King’s Kingdom. If you’re from a democratic society, you’ve probably only used the word lord in association with real estate, as in the landlord.
A landlord is the only common remnant of a kingdom or empire in a democratic or modern society. What is a lord or lordship? What is a lord compared to a king? Jesus Christ called Himself King of kings and Lord of lords!
Difference in Kings and Lords…
This indicates more kings and lords will be in the kingdom of Jesus, the Holy Messiah from God. This means you and I have the election of lordship also if we so persist in the grace of God. Lordship is only one part or aspect of a king’s overall identity and status, yet it is one of the most important.
The major difference in kings and lords is that kingship primary relates to authority and power, while lordship primarily relates to territory and domain. Dominion refers to a king’s authority and power, the king’s domain relates to the king’s geographical realm, his territory, or lands. This is what differentiates kingship from lordship.
In other cases, the word lord was assumed to mean “master” or “teacher (esp in the New Testament).” However, the word lord also lends itself more towards “owner,” etymologically speaking.
Territory and Power
If you look up the etymology of the word lord, you’d see the old English comes from the word bread-keeper. The one who keeps the bread is the Source, is the Provider, the Owner. This is why lordship pertains more to territory and domain, while kingship pertains to power. Since a king literally owns everything, his territory is where he lords over.
Let’s go back to the beginning, the Bible identifies God as king and lord of all. One of the most common Hebrew words used to refer to God is “Adonai,” which literally translates to proprietor or owner.
Owner translates to the lord. In the paleo Hebrew, Lord comes from the word Shepherd, the Shepherd of Order. This may be why the Psalmist said, “The Lord is my Shepherd,” as in, the Lord (Owner) is also my Shepherd (Guide).
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