Summary: Broken in spirit focuses on my sinfulness.- Meekness focuses on God’s holiness. - Broken in spirit is negative and results in mourning. - Meekness is positive and results in seeking righteousness.- Meekness is power under control
Mt. 5:5 (KJV) Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Philips: Happy are those who claim nothing, for the whole earth will belong to them!
J. Upton Dickson, wrote a book called “Cower Power,” he was thinking about founding a society called D.O.O.R.M.A.T.S. "Dependent Organization Of Really Meek And Timid Souls” The society would adopt a yellow caution light as their logo, and using Matthew 5:5, the D.O.O.R.M.A.T.S.’ motto would be, “The meek shall inherit the earth…if that’s okay with everybody.” Of course, the society didn’t last very long because Upton gave up the plan when someone objected!
- Broken in spirit focuses on my sinfulness.
- Meekness focuses on God’s holiness.
- Broken in spirit is negative and results in mourning.
- Meekness is positive and results in seeking righteousness.
- Meekness is power under control (under the control of the HS)
Psalm 25:9 (AV)
9 The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.
Psalm 37:11 (AV)
11 But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
It takes courage to inherit the earth
Genesis 13:2 (AV)
2 And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.
Genesis 13:5–6 (AV)
5 And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents.
6 And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together: for their substance was great, so that they could not dwell together.
Genesis 13:8–10 (AV)
8 And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren.
9 Is not the whole land before thee? separate thyself, I pray thee, from me: if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left.
10 And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, …..
11 Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other.
- Giving Lot a choice
- Never a complaint
Numbers 12:3 (AV)
3 (Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.)
Hebrews 11:24–26 (AV)
24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter;
25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.
Exodus 32:31–32 (AV)
31 And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold.
32 Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin--; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.
- Could have inherited Egypt
- Willing to die for Israel
Opportunity to take the kingdom from Saul
1 Samuel 24:2 (AV)
2 Then Saul took three thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and went to seek David and his men upon the rocks of the wild goats.
1 Samuel 24:3–4 (AV)
3 …..David and his men remained in the sides of the cave.
4 And the men of David said unto him, Behold the day of which the LORD said unto thee, Behold, I will deliver thine enemy into thine hand, that thou mayest do to him as it shall seem good unto thee. Then David arose, and cut off the skirt of Saul’s robe privily.
1 Samuel 26:5 (AV)
5 And David arose, and came to the place where Saul had pitched: and David beheld the place where Saul lay, and Abner the son of Ner, the captain of his host: and Saul lay in the trench, and the people pitched round about him.
1 Samuel 26:8–9 (AV)
8 Then said Abishai to David, God hath delivered thine enemy into thine hand this day: now therefore let me smite him, I pray thee, with the spear even to the earth at once, and I will not smite him the second time.
9 And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth his hand against the LORD’S anointed, and be guiltless?
The Man Who Is Meek
- Is not sensitive about himself
- Is not out for his own interest
- Is not on the defensive
- Is not feeling sorry for himself