The Bible details many instances of domination, manipulation, and intimidation being employed by one person or a group of people against others, with some of the most clear illustrations recorded in the books of Nehemiah and Job.
I spend a whole chapter in my book discussing Job’s three “friends”- you know, the ones who came to blame Job for everything. I won’t go into the detail I do in the book here, but it is enough to say that each of these first three “friends”employed a form of control – domination, intimidation, or manipulation – in their diatribes against Job. With friends like these… (By the way, a fourth friend shows up later – one who doesn’t revert to control in addressing Job – but that is a picture for another blog.)
In Nehemiah, we again see a trio using intimidation, domination, and manipulation to try and get their way. Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem the Arab conspired together -and separately – in an attempt to stop the rebuilding of Jerusalem’s wall. Chapter six of Nehemiah is a case study of all three facets of control. They (manipulation, domination, and intimidation) were utilized with demonic precision against the man of God, Nehemiah, without any success – which should give us great hope!
Nehemiah is a wonderful example of a believer being so mature in the Lord that control-ism looses its power. Nehemiah did not submit to the trio’s efforts to control – nor did he lower himself by attempting and control others. Instead, he led with Godly character, not satanic control.
Again, that should give us great hope – and a great example to follow – as we grow up in Jesus!