He was telling His followers to be submissive to God and willing to put their strength under His control. And out goes your meekness! So it does not mean to be naturally nice or easy to get on with. He that is down needs fear no fall, B. Matthew. For those blessed by Him will inherit the land; but those cursed by Him will be cut off. “We have need of patience, that after we have done [and suffered] the will of God, we may receive the promise.” We have need of resignation, that we may in all circumstances say, “Not as I will, but as thou wilt.” And we have need of “gentleness toward all men”; but especially toward the evil and unthankful. 11:29; cf. (AV), 43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[i](AW) and hate your enemy.’(AX) 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,(AY) 45 that you may be children(AZ) of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 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Nashville: Thomas Nelson) (Bolding added), D Martyn Lloyd-Jones makes an interesting observation regarding how meekness is contrasted with the first two beatitudes noting that…. (Proverbs 16:32). Reprinted by permission. And as for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive." The world does not think so. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Pure hearts find wells of peace and bliss in common sights and sounds. “He looked round about upon them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts.” He was grieved at the sinners and angry at the sin. He will do his duty in the station where God has set him gently and lovingly, seeking not honor from men, ambitious only to be well pleasing unto the Lord. It is strength under control. —Matthew 5:3. (AU) 40 And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. The slogan "strong enough to be gentle" comes close to defining it. Jesus, however, did not defend Himself when He was falsely accused, abused, slandered, and mocked. Possess your soul in patience. The truth lies in quite another direction: “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.”, C H Spurgeon also writes the following on meekness first asking…. Only the meek. Anger that is properly motivated and apportioned. Ironically, then, it will not be the arrogant, wealthy, harsh people who get everything. 5:1). In all of this Jesus, meek and mild, was in control. What disturbs me about all of this, though, is that many people assume that such humorous ideas represent the true quality of meekness set forth in Matthew 5:5. Lowliness will always be a characteristic attribute of true saintliness. But what sort of character is indicated? They do not look down on themselves, but they do not think too highly of themselves either. Why should He love me so? He warns us that the performing our duty to God will not excuse us from our duty to our neighbor; that works of piety, as they are called, will be so far from commending us to God, if we are wanting in charity, that, on the contrary, that want of charity will make all those works an abomination to the Lord. Is it not entirely superfluous? I instinctively resent it. So far, I myself have been looking at myself. 6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for uprightness: they shall have their fill. He called Peter "Satan" after the outspoken fisherman tried to deter him from His heavenly mission (Mt 16:21-23). It is sweet to them, be it little or much. What the Bible is talking about is a powerful virtue. The meek person is strong! (1) Jesus prepares to teach His disciples. 14 “You are the light of the world. God makes His wise plans on the basis of His righteous character. Without doubt the time is coming when the world itself will be conquered by the meekness and gentleness of Christ and His saints. 26 Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny. Stated another way, meekness is "anger under control" but not just any kind of anger. comes from the old Anglo-Saxon meca, or meccea, a companion or equal, because he who is of a meek or gentle spirit, is ever ready to associate with the meanest of those who fear God, feeling himself superior to none; and well knowing that he has nothing of spiritual or temporal good but what he has received from the mere bounty of God, having never deserved any favour from his hand. Crossway Books). Into the pit they dig they fall. July 8, 2016. For instance, Matthew 5:31-32 and Matthew 7:7-11 are quite detached from their context. Because the meek individual has come to know God's character. Have God to be his guide. There is a sense in which those who set their minds on riches never possess anything. Meekness is not produced by self-effort but by Spirit effort. WELS CENTER FOR MISSION AND MINISTRY. It was applied to inanimate things, as light, wind, sound, sickness. Matthew 5:1-5. Their peace with Christ enables them to … Meekness knows that the God Who sits upon the throne of the universe is a good God. (BA) 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Why is meekness so important? He humbled Himself to that, and that is what is meant by being meek. KJV: Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. If we could only surround every angry man with a ring of meek souls, his passion would burn itself out with comparative small damage. How would you describe your attitude, beloved? He never talks to himself and says, 'You are having a hard time, how unkind these people are not to understand you: He never thinks: `How wonderful I really am, if only other people gave me a chance.' Of the wrongs done to themselves they are disposed to take no count, but they dare not refrain from bearing witness, both by speech and act, whenever the sacred majesty of truth is assailed and in danger of being trampled under foot. I accept everything that comes into my life without murmuring, without disputing, without retaliation. Read: Matthew 5:1-10. Praus describes the man or woman whose temper is always under complete control. Moses was commended as the meekest man on earth (Num. Men of quick temper are extremely inflammable. But the mourners are not content to shed tears only, they hunger and thirst after righteousness. Matthew 5:6 in all English translations Bible Gateway Recommends NIV, Biblical Theology Study Bible, Comfort Print: Follow God’s Redemptive Plan as It Unfolds throughout Scripture He, he displayed it in two ways, both of which showed his power. But who are the meek? And how do the meek differ from the poor in spirit? The meek man rather bears wrong.--When the apostle was urging his converts not to go to law with one another, he said to them, " Why do ye not rather take wrong?" Jesus’ statement in Matthew 5:5 actually comes from Psalm 37:11 & 22. All rights reserved). (Ed note: possessions usually do that to the natural, unregenerate man - they possess him!). As a human attribute, Aristotle defines it as the mean between stubborn anger and that. People who are angered at every nuisance or inconvenience to themselves know nothing of meekness or gentleness or meekness. Ruling your spirit is meekness. The Jews understood military power and miracle power. He feels that there is nothing in himself of which he can boast. Matthew 4:12-25. invert the order of Matthew 5:4-5, and this arrangement has, at all events, the merit of bringing out the latent antithesis between the kingdom of heaven in its unseen greatness and the visible inheritance of the earth. toward all men”; but especially toward the evil and unthankful. Scripture: Matthew 5:43–48. You cannot win victories while mourning, and you certainly could never conquer Rome with meekness. The promise is not broken because in some instances men wilfully refuse to receive it; moreover, it is in its spiritual meaning that it now holds good; our spiritual seed do inherit all that was meant by "the earth," or Canaan; they receive the blessing of the new covenant. Not those who grieve at nothing, because they know nothing; who are not discomposed at the evils that occur, because they discern not evil from good. And let there be no delay in what so nearly concerneth thy soul. As we have noted, when he was confronted by Pilate, he kept silent. To illustrate this, I shall show what this meekness is. It poises the mind aright. This meekness consists in three things: the bearing of injuries, the forgiving of injuries, the recompensing good for evil. 5. The meek person will not expect to be always treated with respect and reverence. Though he was the Second Person in the blessed Holy Trinity, He became man, He deliberately humbled Himself to the extent that He was dependent entirely upon what God gave Him, what God taught Him and what God told Him to do. (Amplified Bible - Lockman). Meekness always implies a teachable spirit. (Hughes, R. K. Sermon on the Mount: The Message of the Kingdom. Loving Jesus, gentle Lamb, Not those who grieve at nothing, because they know nothing; who are not discomposed at the evils that occur, because they discern not evil from good. Meekness is an in-wrought grace of the soul; and the exercises of it are first and chiefly towards God. But would not one be inclined to prefer the reading of without a cause? But the opposite is true. But Simon Peter resisted, saying, “You shall never wash my feet!” Then Jesus answered, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me” (John 13:8). Crossway Books), Barton, B. By analogy believers learn by being yoked to Christ, as we surrender to His will in every area of your life. But they did not understand the power of meekness. The meek shall be vindicated.--It is foretold of the Messiah that He shall " reprove with equity for the meek of the earth." All of this came from Jesus, the incarnation of gentleness. Even in the throes of death, he pleaded, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing" (Luke 23:34). As I watched, I wondered which was more humbling in our day—to wash another person’s feet or to have someone else wash yours. 3 And Judas begat a Phares and b Zara of Thamar; and Phares begat c Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram;. This is the first resurrection. Therefore, if thou art once in that prison, the smoke of thy torment must “ascend up forever and ever.”, Meanwhile, “The meek shall inherit the earth.” Such is the foolishness of worldly wisdom! In the King James Version of the Bible the text reads: I know You are holy. Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. Christ shows as alluded to earlier that meekness is by no means a reflection of weakness or a spineless character. He was angered when his disciples tried to prevent little children from coming to him (Mark 10:13-16). Young's Literal: `Happy (note no verb for "are") the meek--because they shall inherit the land. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them. The meek man is not proud of himself, he does not in any sense glory in himself. 4, Page 30. Notice that in meekness Jesus did not attempt to defend Himself nor did He return evil for evil even though accused and suffering unjustly. And let there be no delay in what so nearly concerneth thy soul. Still less does it mean a spirit of compromise or 'peace at any price. While, therefore, the pagan quality is redolent of self-assertion, the Christian quality carries the flavor of self-abasement. (Lloyd-Jones, D. M. Studies in the Sermon on the Mount), "test as to whether we are truly meek is not whether we can say we are poor sinners, but rather what we do when someone else calls us vile sinners. It sits as moderator in the soul, quieting and giving check to its distempered motions. INSIGHT: The Greek word rendered “meek” in Matthew 5:5 is also rendered “gentle” (nas) or “humble” (nlt). And this is undoubtedly right before God. Thou Lamb of Calvary, Savior divine; 10:9). (See full message Beatitudes). For the right understanding of this, we must know there is a twofold meekness. Matthew 5:21 Exodus 20:13; Matthew 5:22 The Greek word for brother or sister (adelphos) refers here to a fellow disciple, whether man or woman; also in verse 23. It would not be right to say that such a man is entirely self-controlled, for such self-control is beyond human power; but it would be right to say that such a man is God-controlled. Happiness depends on what you are, not on what you have. I know, God, that You are a God of wrath. The next description deals with the “peacemakers.” They are at peace with God and desire to live in peace with all men (Rom. It does not destroy but balance the affections which the God of nature never designed should be rooted out by grace, but only brought and keep under due regulations. They express outward conduct merely. He will instruct him in the way he should choose. The meek shall inherit the earth.--Even now the meek soul gets the best out of life. 1. Thus, meekness toward evil people means knowing God is permitting the injuries they inflict, that He is using them to purify His elect, and that He will deliver His elect in His time." And yet, whosoever shall use this, as our Lord assures us, “shall be in danger of the council”; rather, shall be obnoxious thereto: he shall be liable to a severer sentence from the Judge of all the earth. My faith looks up to Thee, Do not let anything rob you of your power of being glad with children, birds, flowers, humble and innocent joys. In fulfillment of Zechariah's prophecy (Zech 9:9), as Jesus prepares for His triumphal entry in His last week in Jerusalem, Matthew records, "BEHOLD YOUR KING IS COMING TO YOU, GENTLE (praus), AND MOUNTED ON A DONKEY, EVEN ON A COLT, THE FOAL OF A BEAST OF BURDEN.'" During the Easter season, my wife and I attended a church service where the participants sought to model the events that Jesus and His disciples experienced on the night before He was crucified. (Lloyd-Jones, D. M. Studies in the Sermon on the Mount). When Judas came and kissed him in Gethsemane, Jesus called him "friend." And thus even the harsher and more unpleasing passions are applicable to the noblest purposes; even hatred, anger, and fear, when engaged against sin and regulated by faith and love, are as walls and bulwarks to the soul so that the wicked one cannot approach to hurt it. Praus conveys the idea of "controlled strength" and is that humble and gentle attitude that expresses itself in a patient submissiveness. Matthew. Meekness caused Joseph to look beyond the murderous intentions and cruel actions of his brothers to the sovereignty of God. 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