“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5)

  • QUESTION: What impact is the series having on your faith so far?

Psalm 37 and Context

  • Beatitude position significant: Poor in spirit – mourn – meek – hunger & thirst for righteousness
  • Paradoxical blessing. How do we resolve the paradox?
  • Psalm 37:11 – recognised as messianic

1. Meekness

  • ‘praus: ‘gentle, humble, considerate, courteous’. 2 Cor 10:1, Gal 5:22, Col 3:12, 1 Pet 3:15f, (Isaiah 61.1, see also Luke 4.16-30).
  • Jesus
    • Humble and strong
    • Matt 11:28f (translated ‘gentle’) & 2 Cor 10:1; See also Jn 18:11. 
    • QUESTION: How does Jesus display meekness? What examples can you think of?

What does meekness look like in the life of a follower of Jesus?

  1. Us
  • Secure humility
    • Christians have all things in Christ (2 Cor 6:10, 1 Cor 3:21-23).
    • No self-pity, self-defence, no feeling sorry for self, no retaliation, 1 Pet 2.21-25, Rom 12:19.
    • The meek are strong but do not feel the need to display that strength, Lk 14.11.
    • The meek see themselves as unimportant, even if they are important (like Moses).
  • Concern for others
    • “Meekness is a controlled desire to see the other’s interests advance ahead of one’s own.” Gal 6:1.
    • The meek relate well to people – they see themselves under God along with all others.
    • The meek are “those who do not throw their weight about.” France, R. T. Matthew. NICNT.
  • QUESTION: How can we develop meekness?

2. Inherit the Earth

  • Isaiah 65-66
  • Matt 19:28, 2 Pet 3:13, Rev 21:1.
  • Meek people are always satisfied, 2 Cor 6:10, Phil 4:11, 1 Cor 3:21
  • God can afford to exalt the meek without the danger of their getting proud. 1 Peter 5.5-6
  • QUESTION: How will this promise affect the way you live this week?

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