The fascinating thing to me about Jesus and being a Christian, is how opposite his teachings are to what the world says we should be and do:
Think of others as more important than yourself vs. put yourself first.
Give not just the shirt off your back but your coat too vs. get all you can in life.
Love your enemies and pray for them vs. get them before they can get you.
Forgive those who repeatedly hurt you deeply vs. take an eye for an eye.
Today is the fourth episode in our series on The Beatitudes, and while the world would tell us only the strong survive, Jesus says in today’s Beatitude that being meek is where it’s at. Joining us today to explore the third Beatitude in our series is teacher and author of the book “Broken Yet Blessed”, Kathi McCarty, with “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”
Table Talk Notes
Psalms 37:11 | “The meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity.” 10 In just a little while, the wicked will be no more; though you look carefully at his place, he will not be there. 11 But the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace.
Jesus was meek.
Jesus was meek and lowly of heart, yet He drove the money changers out of the temple with a zeal and righteous anger. So what does it actually mean to be meek?
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Mt 11:29 | Jesus is meek and lowly of heart: 28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 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. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Meekness & timidity are opposites.
The quietness which accompanies meekness is the result of one’s trust in the Lord, whereas the quietness of timidity is the result of one’s lack of trust.
What does it mean to be meek?
The Greek word translated “meek” is praeis and refers to mildness, gentleness of spirit, or humility. James 1:21 and 3:13 uses the Greek word in the same manner.Striving for power & prestige is not the path to blessedness. Meekness is. Click To Tweet
James 1:21 | Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
James 3:13 | Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth.
Meekness is humility toward God and toward others. It is having the right or the power to do something but refraining for the benefit of someone else.
Eph 4:1-2 | Paul urged meekness when he told us “to live a life worthy of the calling [we] have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love”
We are called to be meek.
1 Peter 3:15-17 instructs, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect”… having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.
The KJV translates the word for “gentleness” here as “meekness.”
Phil 2:6 | “who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped (utilized).” 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,[c] being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Meekness is divine
Divine nature of meekness is two-sided. It is quiet when it is fitting to be quiet, and it can boom like the sound of thunder and lightning when it is fitting to do so.
The sinful nature also has two sides. It is boisterous when it ought to be quiet, and it is quiet and timid when it ought to cry out with all its might.
Numbers 12:3 | “Moses was very humble [meek], more than all men who were on the face of the earth.” Yet when he saw the golden calf and the dancing he cast the tablets of the law out of his hands and broke them. (Ex 32:19)
The practicality of meekness
James 1:21 | We are to receive with meekness the words implanted in us. Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. When the Word judges and chastens us; when it divides between soul and spirit, and joints and marrow; when it crushes and humbles us; when it takes away; when it lays us bare – then it is vital to be quiet and meek and admit that the Word is right. Then we need to keep our mouth closed instead of answering back, defending and excusing ourselves! Then we will be led further on the way of life; we will be increasingly beautified with salvation, developing the fruit of the Spirit meekness.
Inherit the earth?
The meek shall inherit the earth because they will be the people who have died to self and surrendered their lives over to Jesus.
They will be those who didn’t live in their own strength, and go their own direction, but rather trusted completely in the Lord Jesus and in the direction that He wants them to go in.
Meek people tend to be gifted with the ability to keep an eternal perspective while going through a temporary world.
Striving for power & prestige is not the path to blessedness. Meekness is.
The blessings of inheritance
God is the owner of this earth.
Ps 24:1-2 | The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.
Those who obey Christ become children of God and “joint-heirs” with the Lord.
Gal 3:27 | For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
Heb 5:9 | And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him…
Rom 8:14-17 | For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
Phil 4:19 | The Father supplies all our needs, we therefore enjoy this earth and its blessings more than all others.
Our spiritual inheritance
Mainly, however, our inheritance is spiritual.
Acts 20:32 | And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
We are heirs in the kingdom of Christ.
Eph 5:3-5 | But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.
Our citizenship in that kingdom is available now on this earth.
John 3:3-5 | Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God
Col 1:13 | He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Finally, we also look for an inheritance that is reserved for us in heaven.
1 Peter 1:4 | Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
We are aware that the earth will be destroyed when Christ returns and our true inheritance is heaven itself.
2 Peter 3:10 | But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.
Meek ones tend to be shy ones, easily intimidated, mild, unassertive. They also take on false responsibility, thinking everything that goes wrong is somehow their fault, ergo they tend also to live in fear. These are the traits the enemy tries to use against them.
BUT as the kingdom of heaven opens up to them, they begin to understand the whole earth is their Father’s, and theirs as they need it especially for Kingdom purposes. They understand the Lord is their Shepherd, they have no real wants.
Have you learned how to be meek when necessary and assertive when the circumstances call for it?
Have you asked the Holy Spirit to train your spirit to know the difference in any given moment?
Ps 25:9 | He leads the humble in what is right and teaches the humble his way.
Matt 11:28-30 | “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 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. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
James 3:13 | Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.