Summary: Meekness is a hard nut to crack because we tend to think that being a bully is the opposite of being meek, and nobody wants to bullied. (No one wants to be bullies so why do want to be meek?)
Beatitudes Sermon Series: “It’s okay if I Say It!” (4 of 9)
July 12, 2015 CFBC, Chester, IL Dr. Mike Fogerson, Speaker
A Over the last several weeks the Beatitudes have challenged us to develop the attitude that Jesus demands for His disciples to posses.
1 The Beatitudes are the gateway to the Sermon on the Mount.
a "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. "Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth. "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. ”- Matthew 5:3-6NASB)
aa “poor in spirit” is acknowledging that we are poor beggars who cannot bring or do anything to take care of our own spiritual brokeness: at which point Jesus receives us and makes us apart of His Kingdom.
bb “those who mourn” are those who have been redeemed by Jesus, but realize that sin is still sin and it is still heartbreaking. We feel bad/mourn that we still do things that angers God, God brings us comfort when we mourn/grieve over our sin.
b “Blessed are the gentle for they shall inherit the earth.”
aa “meek”, KJV; “humble”, NLT
bb This beatitude comes between “mourning over sin” and “hunger & thirst for righteousness.”
cc I think the sequence that Jesus put the beatitudes in is significant. (We can’t move to the next the one unless we’ve got a good handle on the one previous to it. Like a video game in this way.)
c Being poor of spirit focuses on our sin, being gentle in spirit focuses on God’s holiness.
aa I’m poor in spirit because I’m a sinner, & meek because God is so holy by comparison.
bb Being poor in spirit is negative and results in mourning; meekness is positive and results in seeking righteousness.
2 Meekness is a hard nut to crack because we tend to think that being a bully is the opposite of being meek, and nobody wants to bullied. (No one wants to be bullies so why do want to be meek?)
a Dr. Loyd-Jones, “This meekness denotes a humble & gentle attitude to others which is determined by a true estimate of ourselves.”
aa It’s easy, albeit uncomfortable, to be honest about ourselves in the eyes of God but it’s hard to allow other people to say things about us, to us, that we’ve already confessed to God that we are.
bb IL. We sing “Amazing Grace, How Sweet Thou Sound” and call ourselves a wretch (detestable or contemptible person, very unhappy, very bad, very unpleasant person), lost, blind . . . but when someone else says, “you’re detestable/contemptible/lost/blind” we want to hit him/her in the snoot.
cc In other words, we’re not prepared to allow other people to think/speak of us what we just acknowledged before God that we are. (There is a hypocrisy there & there always is when meekness is absent.)
b This is the fulcrum that meekness hinges upon, It’s the trigger that brings meekness in the game.