Does Meekness Equal Weakness?

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Does meekness equal weakness? No. . .No. . . It doesn’t.

We read our third beatitude this week in Matthew 5:5: “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” What does the word “meek” mean? If Jesus is telling us that people who exemplify this trait will inherit the earth, than perhaps it is worth an examination. The word was first used in the 13th century and carries with it an understanding of humility, but when we think this means to humble ourselves to anything we have lost the meaning of this verse. Can a warrior be meek? Consider Moses of the Old Testament. He is credited as the author of the first five books of the Bible, and led a slave revolt in Egypt. He was God’s kingpin for freeing the Israelite people from their bonds. He led them into the wilderness and governed them through God’s wisdom. When we read some of the stories about him, we see him to be a warrior leader of the truest sense, and one who would not stray from a fight. With all of that being said, Numbers 12:3 says: “Now the man Moses was very meek, more than all the people who were on the face of the earth.” This seems to be a conflict unless we understand that a person has a choice where to be humble and where to not be humble. Moses humbled himself to God, and not to God’s enemies. We do this today, a police officer asserts authority over people at times, yet humbles himself/herself at times. Police humble themselves to law and policy, and this governs them as they govern others. We must choose where to place our humility in life.

We now are beginning to understand what the word meekness means within relationships, and we now see that Jesus is talking about the ones who humble themselves to His commands. He is talking about the ones that humble themselves to Him. Jesus humbled Himself to The Father and fulfilled His mission to the point of arduous torture, unimaginable pain, and ultimately death.  We are to emulate this same meekness that Jesus possessed. He was not weak, but He held His power under full control. He did not use His miraculous power for anything that was not the wishes of His Father in Heaven.

It is my prayer this week that we follow His lead and humble ourselves to His will in all of our lives. We control our assertiveness and direct it at ourselves first, before being assertive towards others. Let us humble ourselves before our God, His statutes, and before His people.

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Matthew 5:5 – “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”

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