Blessed are the Meek

The intent of these “follow-up” additions to the sermon are for those who serve in the children’s ministry as well as for those who were absent at church. The hope is that it’ll add something to your midweek bible study as well as keep you up-to-date with the rest of the congregation.

Introduction

  • The Beatitudes are shocking and perplexing when you first read it. It’s even more so shocking to Jesus’ listeners because they were completly mystified as to what they were hearing.
  • The Jews were often times astonished at what Jesus said and often times shocked because of the implications.
    • The expectations were high and previously mentioned, there were 4 religious groups in dominate control (e.g. Pharisees, Sadduces, Essenes, and Zealots).
  • Jesus went and preached against the means in which each of the groups expected the new Messiah to fulfill. A fulifllment that based entirely on their own expectations and traditions and not on the prophecy of the Old Testament.
    • The people would first reject Jesus. They would then hate Jesus. Culiminating in the evil desire to kill Him because He wouldn’t approve of their religion.
      • Instead of approving their religion, He condemned them

Meekness is…?

  • Gentle. The world basically means mild or soft.
    • The word was used in conjunction in a variety of ways. In medicine, it had a connotation of soothing; with the weather, it was alikened to a soft breeze. In animal husbandary, it was used of colts and other animals that were wild but broken by a trainer.
    • For humans, it’s an attitude of gentle spirit, meek, submissive, quiet and tenderhearted.
      • Matthew 21:5; look at how Jesus is characterized as He triumphantly enters into Jerusalem.
  • The essential difference between being “poor in spirit” (Matt. 5:3) and being “meek” (Matt 5:5) is that poor in spirit focuses on our sinfulness and destitution while meekness focuses in on God’s holiness. Humility underlines both virtues.
  • Meekness isn’t weakness, cowardice or emotional baggage. It’s not lack of conviction or mere human niceness. True meekness is courage, strength, and conviction that come from God and not self. True meekness is power put under effective control and discipline.
    • Proverbs 25:28 & Proverbs 16:32
  • Reconigizng True Meekness
    • There are a multitude of characters we can look to in the Scriptures as examples of true meekness. Scope ranges from Abraham, Joseph, Moses to David. In the New Testament, obviously we could see this in Jesus and in the Apostle Paul.

“We cannot see the world as God means it in the future, save as our souls are characterized by meekness. In meekness we are its only inheritors. Meekness alone makes the spiritual retina pure to receive God’s things as they are, mingling with them neither imperfection nor impurity.” George MacDonald

The Outcome of Meekness

  • The general result of meekness is being blessed, being made divinely happy. Look at the 2nd half of Matthew 5:5.
  • The subjects of His Kingdom are going to come someday into that promised inheritance–which was lost and perverted after the Fall.
  • Our responsibility is to trust in the Lord and obey His will. The settling of accounts, whether it’s judgment or blessing, is in His hands and will be accomplished at the exact right time and right way.
    • Let’s live in faith and hope based on biblical promises and the divine pronouncement that we’ll inherit the earth.

The Need for Meekness

  • Meekness is required for salvation. Only the meek will inherit the earth because only the meek belong to the King who will rule the future kingdom of the earth.
  • Meekness is commanded.
    • Zeph 2:3; James 1:21.
  • Meekness is needed for effective witness
    • 1 Peter 3:15
  • Meekness gives glory to God
    • Pride seeks own glory whereas true meekness seeks God’s glory.