16 OCTOBER 2019
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5 KJV
Before we can dive into this passage, let us define meekness- to make sense of this message. Mary Jane Chaignot says, the Greek understanding of the word, “meek” had to do with the breaking-in of horses, the training of animals. Thus, putting the animal filled with passion, spirit, and energy, under control during the training process. So, “meek” carries with it the idea of taking all your strength, passion, etc., and putting it under control.
On Numbers 12:3, Moses is described as “very meek, more than all men that were on the face of the earth”. Yet, Moses was not weak as our definitions of meek from different dictionaries may show (passivity, weakness, etc.). Christ declared Himself to be meek (Mathew 11:29). Surely, meekness has a great meaning in Biblical sense.
Zephaniah 2:3 gives us a conclusive meaning to Biblical understanding of meekness; channeling ones’ strengths into the service of God. Thus, a meek person submits to God! Meekness enables us to do what is right in our ministry and in whatever we do. It causes a person to consider his actions before he acts hastily. When we are meek, we obey whatever God wants even though we have the will and strength of our own.
God expects this attribute of meekness in us Christians because it seals our salvation and love in God. We become friends of Christ, if we do whatsoever He commands us. John 15:14 KJV Inheriting the earth in the opening verse; therefore, means being co-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17) because God is the owner of the earth (Psalm 24:1). Brethren, God is calling us to channel our strength into His service.