The Year of our Lord, Jesus Christ
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Meekness is not weakness. Anyone who knows anything about the Bible would agree with the following statement. Moses was not weak. He was strong, very strong. His strength was not limited to the physical, he was also strong intellectually and spiritually. Yet, he was meek. The Bible testifies to that fact. (Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.) Numbers 12:3 So, understand, mark it down, and write it up, being meek does not mean one is weak. In fact, it could be said that meekness is power under control.
How are the meek blessed? They shall inherit the earth. Let’s say that you have a rich relative, perhaps the proverbial rich uncle. Upon dying this rich person leaves a great amount of money to you in their will. Your inheritance is money. God’s Word promises something of far greater value than money. It promises the earth. Back to the inheritance. In a rich person’s will a number of people may inherit a portion. If the person has one million dollars and leaves ten individuals one hundred thousand dollars, each person’s inheritance is theirs and theirs alone.
The inheritance that the Lord promises to the meek is different. The meek shall inherit the earth, the whole earth. They will all possess it. In God’s wisdom this is maybe the reason why He leaves the earth to the meek. For the meek can share, can work together with others, not allowing pride to raise its ugly head, not always fighting, arguing, fussing and feuding. They are meek.
For anyone who does not believe that God has an inheritance for His children (all of whom are to be meek) take note of Romans 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. Joint heirs with Christ. Wow what a thing! Jesus was meek. Talk about power under control. To fulfill the law of God it was mandatory that Jesus control his thoughts, spirit, miracle working abilities and physical strength.
No writer, no preacher, no singer, no one of any sort can fully explain all that it means to be an heir of God’s nor a joint heir with Jesus Christ. But it is something to think about, something to imagine, something to look forward to.
It is worthwhile to be meek. There are only twenty-nine uses of the word meek (and it’s derivatives) in the Bible, why not take a month and visit one each day. You will be amazed at the promises given to the meek. None of which are greater than today’s.
Until next time,
William T. Howe, Ph.D.