Summary: Continuing ther series on the sermon of the mount. Blessed are the Meek. The Meek are not doormats and they do not have to give up thier values to avoid conflict.
Blessed are the Meek
For they will inherit the earth
Turn to Matthew 5 as we continue to look at the Sermon on the Mount. We will be looking at the third Be-attitude this morning. “Blessed are the Meek for they will inherit the earth.”
Recapping the first two-
1. Blessed are the poor in Spirit. (The humble.) Blessed are the humble for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
2. Blessed are those who mourn- those that have a God given “inner grief” for sins in their life and inner grief for those around us that do not know Christ. Willing to get involved in their life.
Today- blessed are the meek, is an odd one. Depending on who you are talking too. Every Be-attitude should tell us a character of God we are striving to attain. So the question that we have to answer is… what does meekness have to do with God? The only answer is that when applied to our lives , we become the reflection of the character of God.
(16)” let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good work and give glory to your Father who is in heaven”
Jesus preached this sermon so God would get glory for the way the disciples lived their lives.
Scholar believe that Jesus was quoting from Psalms 37:11 for this beatitude.
(11) The meek shall possess the land, and delight themselves in abundant prosperity. Mt 5:5- The meek shall inherit the land. The word for land in the Greek is earth.
Let’s first try to get a definition of meek.
We know what the world thinks of meek. We also need to know what God thinks.
Webster- 1. Enduring injury with patience and without resentment.
2. Deficient in spirit and courage , submissive, not violent or strong.
The world looks at being meek as passive, easily pushed around, unable to take a stand, unable to stand up for one self, weak-minded, and weak minded person.
They look at a meek person as a Monk stuck up in the mountains with other monks avoiding all issues of life.
I believe this is far from the meekness that Jesus is taking about or lived out.
Have you ever heard of:
“Dependent order of really Meek and Timid Souls”
shortened it is Dormats!
Their official motto is “The Meek shall inherit the earth, if that is okay with everyone.
Upton Diskson wrote a book- Cower Power.
If this is the definition of Meekness, then I want you to know that your pastor has not arrived yet.
If standing there letting someone struck you for no reason is a sign of meekness, I am not there yet.
If letting someone step all over your beliefs and inflict their foolish thoughts is a sign of meekness, I am not there yet.
If watching someone else be hurt and you do nothing is a sign of meekness. I am not there.
Most of the world would have to say we are not there.
While I admit my city attitude is one that God has been working on in my life for over 30 years.
Being meek is not being a dormat. It is not being a punching bag in Jesus name!
That does not give God glory.
Let’s get God’s definition of meek-
Jesus invites us Mt. 11:29-
“Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am meek and lowly in heart; and you shall find rest into your souls”
Jesus tells us take His yoke (carry his principals) learn from me (understand who I am and what I can do in your life) and you shall find rest for your souls.
We have said it before- rest is what we are looking for)
Christ was meek and lowly in heart, but Jesus was not weak!
Jesus was strong in every way.
Jesus was a man of strength.
Jesus was a man of principal.
Jesus was not a wimp.
Jesus was not going to let the world remove Him from His relationship with His Father.
They beat Jesus and hung him from a cross until he was dead.
He was not a weak person he was an obedient person.
He did not just let them beat Him for no reason. He fulfilled the plan of God which included taking those beating up to an including being killed.
Meekness Is an attitude of being humble.
An attitude of not taking revenge over every wrong that was done to us.
A meek person doesn’t always have to take a beating and stay quiet and say thank you.
A meek person has to have the attitude that God has our anger under control.
Truth be told, a person who watches people being wrong and does nothing about it, is not meek, they are a coward!