Blessed Are The Meek
Bible Facts Newspaper Article (Ian C. Kurylyk)
“Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5). This is another Beatitude which clearly exhibits the differences between the kingdoms and administrations of this world and the kingdom of Jesus Christ. The blessedness that the Lord speaks of here is a sure inheritance. The world has its “beatitudes” too, but they are the opposite of the principles taught by heaven’s king. Consider some popular sayings in the world we know that have to do with getting your piece of the pie so to speak.“The squeaky wheel gets the grease.” That is, stand up for yourself. Assert yourself. You have your rights. Claim them in the loudest voice possible. Be aggressive. Claw your way to the top. Look out for Number One. Let your brother look out for himself. Don’t be too worried even about what is right and wrong or about what God thinks. It’s a jungle out there, a dog-eat-dog world, and you have to fight for every square of inch in this old world.Times have not changed greatly from what the world was like in Jesus’ day too. But He had a very different message. “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth”. This tells us God’s kingdom is fundamentally different from the natural way of things. And despite the prevalence of pushy, self-assertive people, anyone can see the beauty and the reasonableness of God’s order. Nobody is more abrasive to us than the man who pushes and bullies and blows his own horn to get what he wants at the expense of others, the “loudmouthed schnook”. And nobody is a greater delight to be around than the truly meek.But this Beatitude is not exclusively, or even primarily, about human relationships. True meekness is first before God. This meekness is put to the test when God’s dealings and our ways conflict. Meekness especially is tested when a man is confronted with truth that rebukes himself. The revealed laws of God are a rebuke to all of us because of our sin. Some accept God’s truth meekly; some take offense and turn away from God on a high horse.God’s Word shows that by birth we are sinners like our forefather Adam. It also condemns the acts of sin found in our lives. It is not easy to face these things that go against our own self-image, but God promises forgiveness through Jesus Christ. He died to pay the penalty for sin and rose again. Salvation is available for all. But each man must face his own sin, acknowledge it before God, and turn in faith to the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.When God gave His law originally on the fiery mount, His servant Moses was Israel’s example. He did not carry the commandments as a club against others, but first accepted them himself in great meekness. “Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth” (Numbers 12:3).Then when God’s own Son came from His home in heaven to pay the price of sin, He first humbled Himself to live as a man in the world He created. Then he allowed Himself to be crucified by wicked hands so He could suffer in our place and pay our penalty for sin. He meekly submitted to all the abuse and accusations while dying a criminal’s death. He did this for you and me. Now there is a coming day when His kingdom will cover the earth. It is a future inheritance and one which He will share with those who respond to the truth of this Beatitude. He was meek who is the Lord of Glory. How much more is it appropriate for us to be meek when we are guilty sinners deserving hell.