Meek – Third Beatitude

23 Aug

Continuing our study of the Beatitudes, we come to the third one today.

Matthew 5:5  Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. (KJV)

Meek means gentle, mild. Webster’s gives one word: submissive.Jesus is our best example of being meek. He described himself this way.

Matthew 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. (KJV)

 Jesus treated man with gentleness and mildness. Remember when the adulterous woman was about to be stoned, and Jesus did not condemn her? Even when Jesus was arrested and his disciples drew swords to defend him, cutting off the ear of a Roman soldier, Jesus says “No, I’m not leading a revolt.” (my paraphrase).

Being gentle and mild with people around us shows a submission to God and his dealing with us.

Jesus taught the people with great authority. Jesus stood up to repeated attacks by the Pharisees and though gentle, he was direct and bold in his answers. He even told them He was the Lord of the Sabbath when they “caught” him “working” on this day. (See Matthew 12: 1 – 8).

So, meek does not mean weak. Meek means confident in God, to the point of being submissive to His plans and dealing with you. Be bold for him with gentleness toward others, confident in heart of who you belong to.

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