“Blessed are the meek, for they are going to inherit the earth.” —Matthew 5:5
| For the Victorville Every day Press
My coronary heart has been heavy for our nation these previous few weeks. Such as you, I couldn’t imagine my eyes as I noticed rioters flooding into the U.S. Capitol Constructing. And my coronary heart sank as I discovered that 5 individuals have been killed within the melee. I turned to my spouse, Christine, and mentioned, “I want that Martin Luther King, Jr. may have been on the steps of the Capitol.”
At a time when our nation was divided, Dr. King had a God-given means to deliver individuals collectively — peacefully — to result in change. That’s what he was doing in April 1968 when he traveled to Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. King was there to assist manage a peaceable march to protest the mistreatment of sanitation employees. However the next day, as he waited on the balcony of his motel for his driver to choose him up, he was assassinated. What a loss.
In our day, when so many People are indignant, bitter and putting out at one another, we desperately want followers of Christ who, like MLK, are robust sufficient to face for reality however self-controlled sufficient to do it peacefully. Our nation wants followers of Christ who’re meek.
In his Sermon on the Mount, Christ’s third beatitude is “Blessed are the meek, for they are going to inherit the earth” (v5). A lot of what Jesus teaches within the Sermon on the Mount is the wrong way up, topsy-turvy, 180 levels from typical knowledge. The third beatitude is not any exception.
There are simply two issues with it. The primary downside is that most individuals confuse meekness with weak point. As such, they don’t need something to do with it. The second downside is that when individuals discover out what meekness actually means, they nonetheless need nothing to do with it.
What does it imply to be meek? The Greek phrase used right here for meek is “praeis,” which might be translated a couple of methods. Synonyms embrace mild, self-controlled, tame, submissive, kind-hearted and sweet-spirited.
In Jesus’ day, the Greeks used the phrase meek to explain a horse that had been damaged. Despite the fact that the horse was greater, stronger and, in some circumstances, smarter than its rider, it was mild. It was self-controlled, tame, submissive, kind-hearted and sweet-spirited, permitting its rider to steer it wherever she or he wished to go.
Meekness, then, is energy beneath management.
Now, we prefer to see meekness in horses. And we actually wish to see it in our pets and our children. However, actually, most of us don’t wish to see meekness in ourselves; our sinful nature equates meekness with weak point. In our sinful delight we don’t wish to be mild to those that are impolite to us. We don’t wish to be self-controlled when everybody round us is shedding management. We don’t wish to be tame as a result of we’ve come to imagine that tame individuals don’t get wherever in life. We don’t wish to be submissive as a result of typical knowledge has taught us to be assertive, to take cost, to let everybody know who we’re and why they need to get the heck out of our approach.
We absolutely don’t have a good time meekness in our tradition. When was the final time you noticed an motion film the place the hero was taken benefit of and mistreated, and the massive buildup within the film was the second the hero stormed the enemy fortress and was mild and type to his foes?
We don’t wish to see a film like that. As a substitute, we have a good time when John Wick, James Bond and John Rambo blow the dangerous guys to smithereens, making them pay for what they did. We cheer when little Kevin McAllister makes the burglars pay for breaking into his home. We do not have a good time meekness in our tradition. We have a good time payback, revenge and karma.
How totally different that is from what Jesus teaches. Jesus teaches gentleness as a substitute of aggressiveness; self-control as a substitute of misplaced management; submission as a substitute of dominance. Jesus teaches us to be tame as a substitute of reckless. Jesus teaches us to be meek.
Most individuals, together with many Christians, say, “Thanks, however no thanks! Rely me out!” As a result of in our tradition, being mild, submissive and tame appears utterly backwards. It boggles our minds to suppose that one thing good may really come from mild submission.
However in Christ’s kingdom, one thing good does come from it. In truth, it’s one of many best issues: The meek will inherit the earth. And due to that meekness, the value of our sin was paid.
As Jesus held on the cross, 1000’s of angels may have been dispatched at his command to obliterate each enemy he had. However he stored his mouth shut. Why? As a result of the strongest man who ever walked this earth was meek. His energy was beneath management. Jesus Christ selected to be mild to those that nailed him to a cross. He selected to be submissive to his father in heaven. He selected to be self-controlled, tame and kind-hearted to those that spat in his face.
He calls us to do the identical.
There’s an enormous distinction between a weak particular person and a meek particular person. The weak particular person can’t do something. The meek particular person has the power and talent to wipe the ground along with his enemies — however chooses to not. Jesus calls us to decide on to not. To not assert our dominance over others. To not be unkind to others. To not retaliate. To not deal with others as badly as they deal with us. He calls us to humbly, gently and mercifully deal with them the way in which Jesus would deal with them.
“Blessed are the meek, for they are going to inherit the earth.” With these phrases Jesus Christ calls us to be mild and self-controlled. Let’s get to it, in order that we will expertise the superior blessings of God proper right here on earth.
Dane Davis is the pastor of Affect Christian Church. Be part of Affect’s in-person worship service at 9 a.m. Sunday at 17746 George Boulevard in Victorville, or tune in on-line at 10 a.m. on the Affect Christian Church YouTube channel or Fb web page. Go to www.GreaterImpact.cc for extra data.