In Parts 1 and 2, we talked about being poor in spirit and mourning over our sin. Those who are poor in spirit realize their sin and need for a Savior, and then mourn over their sin, but can be comforted by God and His grace. (You can read Beatitudes Part 1 here and Beatitudes Part 2 here.)
This week we are looking at Matthew 5:5.
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” – Matthew 5:5
What does it mean to be meek?
The Jews were no doubt confused when they heard Jesus say this. At the time, they were living under the Roman Empire, and they thought the Messiah was going to come in and free them and make them their own independent nation. Instead, He says, “blessed are the meek.”
“Meek” means someone who does not assert himself. Other words associated with “meek” are humble, gentle, and mild. Meekness is not to be confused with weakness. It is not weakness. Meekness is power under control. Someone who has all the power and strength, but gives it up to God for Him to use. This is someone who has died to himself and given his life to God (Romans 6:1-14).
In Genesis 13:8-9, Abram had all the authority and power, but he didn’t use it for his own personal gain. Joseph was second-in-command in Egypt. In Genesis 45, he had the power and authority to punish his brothers for selling him into slavery, but instead he forgave them and loved them. Numbers 12:3 says that Moses was the meekest man on the face of the earth. When you hear the names of these men, do you think of weak men? I doubt it. None of those men were weak. They were powerful people, but they gave their power to God for Him to use for His glory.
Psalm 37 describes meekness and contrasts it against wickedness. “Trust in the LORD…” (Psalm 37:3), “Delight yourself in the LORD…” (Psalm 37:4), “Commit your way to the LORD…” (Psalm 37:5), and “Rest in the LORD…” (Psalm 37:7) are just a few of the verses in Psalm 37 that describe someone who is meek. A meek person is going to trust the Lord and commit his life to Him, instead of trying to take matters in to his own hands.
Meekness is knowing you cannot accomplish anything eternal and having confidence in God to accomplish eternal things through you.
What does it mean to inherit the earth?
“The LORD knows the days of the blameless, And their inheritance will be forever.” — Psalm 37:19
“The righteous will inherit the land and dwell in it forever.” — Psalm 37:29
These verses in Psalm 37, like Matthew 5:5, refers to the eternal kingdom to come. The new heaven and earth that is talked about in Revelation when Christ returns. Only those who believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior, only those who receive salvation, will receive this inheritance.
Your sister in Christ,