Matthew 5:5 says “blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth”
When you hear the term “meekness” what comes to mind? Small, fragile, weak, humble, dependent, needy, lack of power.
Ps. 37:11– but the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace.
Is. 29:19– the meek shall obtain fresh joy in the Lord, and the poor among mankind shall exult in the Holy One of Israel.
James 1:21- therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
Why is it so that people want to affiliate meekness with weakness? A modern English dictionary or thesaurus makes it clear why meekness is associated with weakness. Notice its synonyms as listed in the Reader’s Digest. Oxford Complete Word Finder: tame, timid, mild, bland, unambitious, retiring, weak, docile(easily managed or trained), acquiescent(submit or comply silently or without protest), repressed(to keep under control), suppressed(to put an end to the activities of), spiritless, broken, and wimpish.
Not a single one of these words applies to Jesus Christ or even to Moses, who the Bible claims “was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth” (Numbers 12:3, KJV). This claim of Moses was delivered because Moses possessed great power from God but he had very much self-control. Never did he abuse or misuse this power that he had.
Matthew 4:1-11 Jesus expresses His side of the Meekness scale. He had the power but chose not to express it, kind of like a calm Clydesdale, so much power yet remains controlled.
Jesus quotes 3 times from the book of Deuteronomy. 1st –8:3, 2nd –6:16, 3rd –6:13-14. On the 2nd test, satan uses scripture out of context to try and trick Jesus Ps. 91:11-12. The 3rd test was from Dan 10:13. When the temptations where finished, the angels came and ministered to Him. This was the true way that the scripture was describing Ps. 91:11,12 God did not have to prove Himself to be God to the devil. Jesus did not have to prove Himself to be God to Pontius Pilot, they very well could have if they desired but they remain completely in self-control.
It is only the humble heart which is also meek, and which, as such, does not fight against God and more or less struggle and contend with Him. This meekness however, being first of all a meekness before God, is also such in the face of men, even of evil men, out of a sense that these, with the insults and injuries which they may inflict, are permitted and employed by Him for the chastening and purifying of His elect.
Meekness can become arrogance if it is not true meekness (look at me, look at what I can do or have done or etc.) ex: Samson
In the English language the word meek is used to suggest weakness to a greater or lesser extent. It must be clearly understood that the meekness manifested by the Lord and commended to the believer is the FRUIT OF POWER. The common assumption is that when a man is meek it is because he cannot help himself; but the Lord was meek because He had infinite resources of God at His command, Described negatively, meekness is the opposite to self-assertiveness and self-interest; it is equanimity(mental or emotional stability or composure, esp. under tension or strain) of spirit that is neither elated or cast down, simply because it is not occupied with self at all.
Meekness is the opposite of being out of control. It is not weakness, but supreme self-control empowered by the spirit. Gal 5:22 says but the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, SELF-CONTROL; against such things there is no law.
Here are some excerpts from Vincent…The Christian meekness is based on humility, which is not a natural quality but an outgrowth of a renewed nature. To the pagan the word often implied condescension, to the Christian it implies submission……..The meekness of the Christian springs from a sense of the inferiority the creature to the Creator, and especially of the sinful creature to the holy God….(As in the 1st definition), As toward God, therefore, meekness accepts his dealings without murmur or resistance as absolutely good and wise. As toward man, it accepts insult opposition, and provocation, as God’s permitted ministers of a chastening demanded by the infirmity and corruption of sin; while under this sense of his own sinfulness, the meek bears patiently the “contradiction of sinners against himself,” forgiving and restoring the erring in a spirit of meekness