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Meekness Isn’t Weakness

Blessed are the meek,
For they shall inherit the earth.(Matthew 5:5 NKJV)

What does this mean exactly?  I’ve heard many definitions of meek throughout the years, but what does it truly mean to be meek?

The Greek word for meek, used in this scripture is:

praÿs – pronounced prä-ü’s

mildness of disposition, gentleness of spirit, meekness

Dictionary.com defines meek this way:

meek

adjective,meek·er, meek·est.

humbly patient or docile, as under provocation from others.
overly submissive or compliant; spiritless; tame.
Obsolete gentle; kind.
According to these definitions, Jesus said that those who are gentle of spirit and have mild dispositions will inherit the earth.  I have to confess, I need to work on this…
When I think of meekness, I think of Jesus, in the Garden of Gethsemane, where He was arrested. Do you remember His response, when Judas betrayed Him with a kiss on the cheek?  He accepted His “friend’s” kiss, knowing all the while why he was there, and what he had done to Him.  He even called him “friend.”  
I would have railed against him, and shouted at that traitor!  I may have even hit him, but Jesus offered His cheek to him.  Jesus, could have struck that vile betrayer down, with just one word, but He didn’t…
Do you remember what happened when the Roman soldiers and Temple guards asked for Jesus, the Nazarene? I am He,” Jesus said. (Judas, who betrayed Him, was standing with them.) As Jesus said I am He,” they all drew back and fell to the ground!  (John 18:1-10 NLT)
Do you remember Jesus’ response when Peter grabbed a sword and slashed the ear off of the high priest’s slave a few minutes later?  Instead of making a run for it (as I surely would have done) Jesus took the time to perform a miracle, placing the ear of this man, who was there to harm Him, back where it belonged, then submitted to those who were there to arrest Him.  (Luke 22:47-53 NLT)
Do you think Jesus was weak?  Do you think He couldn’t have destroyed those who were there to destroy Him?  Think again.  Jesus could have called down thousands of angels to rescue Himself.  He could have slain these men with just a word, but instead, He chose gentleness, and in doing so,  He exhibited His greatest strength.  (Matthew 26:47-56 NLT)

You see, for Jesus, submitting meekly to His Father’s will was far more important than giving a mighty display of His strength.  Submitting to the torture meted out by a violent mob, in accordance with His Father’s will was more important than giving them the divine retribution they were due.  Dying for their sins, your sins, and my sins was far more important to Him, than giving us the justice we deserved… For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.  (Romans 6:23 NLT)

In both His life and His death, Jesus demonstrated the way we are to live.  When He told us, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth,” He wasn’t merely speaking empty words.  He both lived and died according to everything He said and taught…

Who has believed our message?
To whom has the Lord revealed His powerful arm?
My servant grew up in the Lord’s presence like a tender green shoot,
like a root in dry ground.
There was nothing beautiful or majestic about His appearance,
nothing to attract us to Him.
He was despised and rejected—
a Man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief.
We turned our backs on Him and looked the other way.
He was despised, and we did not care.

Yet it was our weaknesses He carried;
it was our sorrows that weighed Him down.
And we thought His troubles were a punishment from God,
a punishment for His own sins!
But He was pierced for our rebellion,
crushed for our sins.
He was beaten so we could be whole.
He was whipped so we could be healed.
All of us, like sheep, have strayed away.
We have left God’s paths to follow our own.
Yet the Lord laid on Him
the sins of us all.

He was oppressed and treated harshly,
yet He never said a word.
He was led like a lamb to the slaughter.
And as a sheep is silent before the shearers,
He did not open His mouth.
Unjustly condemned,
He was led away.
No one cared that He died without descendants,
that His life was cut short in midstream.
But He was struck down
for the rebellion of My people.
He had done no wrong
and had never deceived anyone.
But He was buried like a criminal;
He was put in a rich man’s grave.

10 But it was the Lord’s good plan to crush Him
and cause Him grief.
Yet when His life is made an offering for sin,
He will have many descendants.
He will enjoy a long life,
and the Lord’s good plan will prosper in His hands.
11 When He sees all that is accomplished by His anguish,
He will be satisfied.
And because of His experience,
My Righteous Servant will make it possible
for many to be counted righteous,
for He will bear all their sins.
12 I will give Him the honors of a victorious soldier,
because He exposed Himself to death.
He was counted among the rebels.
He bore the sins of many and interceded for rebels.  (Isaiah 53 NLT)

As I study these words of Jesus, I am struck by how much I have to learn.  I am struck by my own weakness.  Lord, show me Your ways.  Help me to be meek, even as You were meek, in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

© 2019
Cheryl A. Showers

Words of Jesus – Blessed Are the Meek

“Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5 NKJV)

Blessed are the meek… I don’t know about you, but my whole life I was taught to stand up for myself… don’t let anyone take advantage of your good nature… don’t be a doormat… I was taught that meekness was weakness. And then I met Jesus, and He rocked my world. He took everything that I believed to be true and turned it upside down!

He told me to turn the other cheek… if someone forces me to walk a mile, He said to go 2 miles with them… If someone steals my shirt, give him my coat too! What kind of logic is this anyway? If I do those things, won’t I be a doormat? Won’t I be inviting people to take advantage of me? Why not just wear a “Kick Me” sign on my back?

But as I look at Jesus and the life He led, I see no weakness in His meekness. Do you know Him? He is the One who set His face like flint as He rode into Jerusalem, knowing that He would be painfully tortured and crucified by the very crowds who surrounded Him within a week. Does that seem weak to you? He was the One who rode straight to the Temple, to face the scribes, Pharisees and Sadducees who hated Him and plotted against Him, overturning the tables of the money changers and driving them out with a whip, knowing He was provoking the very ones who would judge Him later that week. Was that a sign of weakness? I don’t think so. And how about when He spoke to the multitudes, including the scribes and Pharisees, saying, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites… (Matthew 23:14 NKJV)” Does that sound like a weak and fearful man?

Yet this same Jesus is the One who said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 19:14 NKJV)”. He was the One who wept at Lazarus’ grave – then raised him from the dead! He was the One who could have called 12 legions of angels to deliver Him from the cross, but chose to endure the pain and the suffering for our sake! He was the One who stood bravely in the Garden of Gethsemane allowing Judas to kiss His cheek, knowing that His “friend,” whom He had loved was betraying Him. When Peter cut off the right ear of Malchus, the high priest’s slave, this same Jesus calmly picked the ear back up and replaced it, healing Malchus. And when the soldiers and guards stated they were there to arrest Jesus of Nazareth, He was the One who spoke, “I AM He,” whereby all of them drew back and fell to the ground, but still He allowed them to take Him, beat Him, mock Him and crucify Him.

It was in studying the life of my Lord and Savior that I came to the conclusion that meekness is not weakness! Rather, meekness is controlled strength.

Lord, please teach me to be meek, just as You were meek. “Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5 NKJV)

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Cheryl A. Showers