Blessed are the Meek
Blessedness, the Savior seems to say, shows up in character. It exhibits, not in thinking something, nor in saying something, nor in doing something, but in being something. Therefore, the Beatitudes embody the very heart of the everlasting gospel.
Matthew 5:5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”
Blessed are the meek, who experiences the abiding joy and peace of God? The meek ones, and they are blessed of God. Remember, to be blessed is not happiness but an eternal joy present despite circumstances. This seems completely opposite the worldly mind. The World System despises Meekness. The world system is about itself. It focuses on strength, power, individual ability, self-assurance, and aggressiveness in its pursuit of self-will. The world looks at champions as those who assert themselves; our heroes are those who dominate. The Jews were looking for a military Messiah. To the Jews the Messiah was going to lead them to victory. They were thinking in terms of fighting and conquest in the material sense. The Lord immediately dismisses that thought. In Christianity you hear a lot of militaristic language and talk of conquest; but our conquest comes through meekness. We will not overcome evil with great organization but with good. When meekness is evident in our character God is able to live through us. Blessed are the meek. Not those who put their trust in their own organizing, power, abilities, or institutions.
To be meek is to be broken. Meekness comes from the Greek “praus” and was used of animals who had been broken and learned to accept control by their masters. It refers to power under control. Some people make the mistake of thinking the meek are weak but it’s not so. The meek are those who have taken up the yoke of God and allowed Him to break them of self so He could be their life. To be meek is to be yielded to Christ. Meekness comes only when we’ve yielded ourselves to His indwelling life; and see Him and His strength as our only valued resource. Christ has given up all of His rights in going to the cross. We are to leave everything, ourselves, our rights, our cause, our entire future, in the hands of God. Especially if we feel we are suffering unjustly. We need not make someone repay, we just deliver ourselves into the hands of God. The Lord will revenge; He will repay.
Psalm 37:11 “But the meek shall inherit the earth, And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.”
The meek are those who delight in an abundance of peace. I’ve never heard of a church split happening over two parties of meek people. I’ve heard of horrible destruction in the body of Christ because people were proud but never because of meekness. Peace doesn’t come from pacifying others by giving into others’ desires. Peace comes from trusting the Lord to work and giving up the right to be right. It is not weakness but strength in submission to God. It is trusting and fully yielding to Him who is our All in All. He lives His life and gives a defense through us.
Colossians 3:12 “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,”
Paul is writing to the church at Colossi that we are to make sure the fruit of the Spirit is experiential in our lives. Meekness is not naturally a characteristic in man but is the result of the supernatural working of God’s Spirit. Who are the meek whose example can we follow?
Abraham: Remember his behavior with respect to Lot, and how he allowed the younger man to assert himself and take the first choice? He did it without a murmur and without a complaint. That is meekness.
Moses: You see it again in Moses, who started out trying to assert himself and killed and Egyptian. After 40 years in the wilderness he was ready to shepherd God’s people. He was anything but week. He had lost all self-confidence but had all confidence in God.
Numbers 12:3 “(Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.).” Think about how hard it was for him to record that himself. When his brother and sister joined in rebelling against his leadership he didn’t take action himself but trusted God and interceded for them.
David: In his relationship with Saul, he showed meekness. David knew he was to be king. He suffered under Saul’s unjust and unkind treatment of him and trusted God to work all things in His time!
Jesus: You see it in the whole of His life. You see it especially in the way He suffered persecution, scorn, sarcasm and derision. Our Lord humbled Himself to the extent He was dependent entirely on what God gave Him, what God taught Him, and what God told Him to do. It was a life of complete dependence.
Matthew 11:29 “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
The first thing we must accept if we truly desire the blessed life of meekness is the necessity of putting His yoke on ourselves. He doesn’t force us, but invites us to take his yoke. Without His yoke we can be full of knowledge and extremely religious but not meek. It is only when we have His yoke that He’s able to live through us. Jesus described Himself as gentle, meek, and lowly in heart. How would others describe you? Rest comes only from His yoke. Every other yoke will leave you weary. It must be His yoke, not your yoke.
Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth. It is a promise for the future. The promise is one of an incredible inheritance. I believe this is tied to the Kingdom of Heaven being established on earth and the saints ruling and reigning with Christ. Those who wait on the Lord will inherit the earth. 1 Corinthians 6:2 reminds us that the saints will judge the world.
Meekness isn’t something you can make happen but is the expression of Christ in you. Christ will always express Himself through you in meekness or gentleness. Remember meekness happens when Christ is life for us!
Have a super blessed week. You are loved!