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Summary: The world thinks in terms of strength and power, of ability, self-assurance and aggressiveness. Yet Jesus said "Blessed are the meek; for they shall inherit the earth."

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BLESSED ARE THE MEEK

Matthew 5:5

Once again we have a beatitude that is completely contrary to the thinking of the modern world. It is oppossed to everything which the natural man thinks. "Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth." World conquest, possession of the universe-given to the meek, of all people. The world thinks in terms of strength and power, of ability, self-assurance and aggressiveness.

Yet Jesus said "Blessed are the meek; for they shall inherit the earth." In addition, other Biblical writers spoke of meekness.

Paul admonishes us to: "....speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility (meekness) to all men." Titus 3:2.

"Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness (meekness), considering yourself lest you also be tempted." Galatians 6:1

"In humility (meekness) correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they many know the trugh, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will." II Timothy 2:25-26.

James wrote, that we were to "receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls." James 1:21

The word "Meek" has been translated, "gentle" "humble" "lowly." Now to the modern person, that means weak. Yet to understand meekness in that way is to miss the point of this beatitude. Consider with me in the first place:

I. WHAT MEEKNESS IS NOT

Meek does not mean weak, wimpy. To understand what meekness means, lets look at the opposite of meekness. Meekness is not a natural quality. It does not mean "indolence." There are people who appear to be meek in a natural sense, but they are not meek at all. They are indolent. The opposite of meekness is SELF-ASSERTIVE, AMBITIOUS, PUSHY, HAUGHTY, COCKY, EGOTISTICAL, VAIN, CONCEITED.

We could find many examples of this in the Bible, and even among people that we all know. However, lets look at a character found in III John by the name of Diotrephes. (III John 9-11) Several characteristics stand out about this man who caused such problems in the church.

1. He was self-assertive. That is, he was a man who loved to be first. He wanted to be in control. He wanted to have his way.

2. He refused to recognize authority. John wrote that Diotrophes "does not receive us." He was unsubmissive to God and to others in the church.

3. He was a malicious gossip who was ready to destroy others to build himself up and be in control. He caused serious disharmony in the church.

It is sad but there have been many over the centuries who have the attitude of Diotrephes. They would certainly have trouble with the third beatitude. Diotrephes caused such trouble in the church that the Beloved Apostle had to deal with him.

II. WHAT IS MEEKNESS

Actually, meekness is compatable with great strength. It is compatable with great authority and power. Only two people in the Bible are actually described as meek. Both had great authority and power.


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