Blessed are the Meek, for they will inherit the earth

October 7, 2008

This beatitude must be seen in the light of the first beatitude, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”  In fact there is less to say about this beatitude because it is a direct corollary to the first.  I have two viewpoints I want to share about this beatitude.

Building on each other:

It seems as though the beatitudes are building on one another.  Although Meek and poor are similar, they are separated by mourn.  Maybe Matthew was breaking up the monotony or maybe he’s building his case.  Those that are poor have found that they must rely on God for everything.  This realization leads them to mourn over their sinfulness and the sinfulness of others.  That process of mourning leads to a meekness which is not necessarily timidity, but rather an appropriate self-view, lived through quiet gentleness.  That idea of having an appropriate self-view will lead to a real hunger and thirsting for righteousness, which is the next beatitude.

Meekness, what is it?

Growing up I have always thought of being meek as being timid or shy or even weak.  However, being meek is a discipline of reserved power, a character trait of quiet gentleness, and a mindset of having an appropriate self-view.  Stott uses Dr. Lloyd-Jones summary, “Meekness is essentially a true view of oneself, expressing itself in attitude and conduct with respect to others…The man who is truly meek is the one who is truly amazed that God and man can think of him as well as they do and treat him as well as they do.”  In other words it is important for us to be meek to see ourselves as God sees us without overcompensating to be proven weak. 

We are to be meek people and our blessing will be the inheritance of God’ rule now and forevermore.


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