BLESSED ARE THE MEEK
Leslie M. John
“Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5)
Man’s limited knowledge of comparing himself with his neighbor, and feeling better, instead of comparing with the attributes of God, tells him that the first three beatitudes are paradoxical and illogical.
One could question as to how poor in spirit could be blessed; but then Jesus was referring to realization of spiritual poverty. When Spiritual poverty is recognized, man ceases to be proud and be submissive to the Lord. Similarly, one could question as to how one, who mourns could be blessed; but then Jesus was referring to spiritual conversion and true repentance. When man repents sincerely he shall be comforted by the Lord.
Now, coming to the third beatitude, Jesus says that those who are meek are blessed and they shall inherit the earth. The earth that God created originally is damaged and polluted because of the rebellion of man yielding to Satan’s temptation in the “Garden of Eden”; but the earth that God will create for His children to inherit would be beautiful. Jesus was not speaking of this earth that His followers would inherit but He was speaking of the earth that He will create in future.
“For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind” (Isaiah 65:17)
In the “Sheep and Goat Judgment” as described in Matthew 25:31-46. There are two groups seen. The first one is the group that helps poor in needy, especially the Jews in Great Tribulation period; and the other group is the one which ignores them. Jesus says to those who help the poor and needy, especially the Jews, to inherit the kingdom prepared for them from the foundation of the world, and they who ignore the poor and needy, especially His brethren, who are Jews, will be eternally punished. Paul’s reference about Jews may also be borne in mind when we speak of His brethren (cf. Romans 2:28-29; 9:6; 9:24).
“Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world” (Matthew 25:34)
“Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?” (Romans 9:24)
David, the Psalmist wrote:
“But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace” (Psalms 37:11)
Meekness is not behaving like a coward, but it is mild in temper, gentle, not easily provoked, refraining from being quarrelsome, submissive and forgiving. Moses was known as the meekest among all men upon the face of the earth during his time, and he was a great leader (ref. Numbers 12:3). Jesus said happy are those who are meek and they will inherit blessings on this earth. Jesus was perfect example of meekness. His death on the rugged cross for mankind to provide a way for salvation has no parallel. He said…
“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls”. (Matthew 11:29)”.
Apostle Paul writing to Titus advises that he should speak, exhort and rebuke with all authority that believers should obey magistrates, the law of the land, and they are warned not to speak evil of anyone. He says we are saved not by works of our righteousness, but by the Lord’s mercy. (Ref. Titus 2:15, 3:1-7)
This is the characteristic trait a disciple of Jesus Christ should possess. Jesus was not speaking to entire multitude who gathered there, but to His disciples, which would also mean all His followers. He, therefore, expects certainly from His followers that they should be meek. They should self-examine whether or not they are complying with the Lord’s demand, and if not, it is imperative that they should correct themselves, in order to inherit the earth.