Mathew 5:5 “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
As we have seen from past blogs the world says blessed are the rich, but Christ says blessed are the poor. The world says blessed are the happy but Christ says blessed are they that mourn. And here the world says blessed are the strong but Christ says blessed are the meek. Christ teaching turned the philosophy of the world upside down. He didn’t teach it was blessed to be first but yet the last shall be first. He says it’s better to give than receive. He says the least in the kingdom is greater than the greatest on earth. He taught it was better to serve than rule. The group of people Christ was speaking to in His message were people like the Pharisees, Sadducees and the zealots. They were a group of people who were spiritually proud, they knew how to be self-sufficient, they knew how to be religious. They thought they were the in group and the only groups going to heaven. So we can see why verse 5 stepped on there toes, the Pharisees believed that God by His Messiah was going to supernaturally bring upon the earth the Kingdom of God. The zealots, went by any cost to try and take the Kingdom by force, they would establish it by rebellion from within. So you can imagine these groups who were looking to establish the kingdom by force, by a fight when they heard Jesus say Blessed are the meek; for they shall inherit the earth. Many things probably went through their mind. What kind of Messiah was this? What kind of deliver is this? What kind of followers is this man going to attract? A bunch of sissies, a bunch of weak and meek people. What a fit they must of had, to the point that they couldn’t accept His teachings or Him as the Messiah. Their view was of the world, a Messiah strong, powerful, not meek and lowly. They could not understand that God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty. (1 Corinthians 1:26-27). They missed the point entirely! God will use the meek, He doesn’t need superstars. Where does this fit in with us today. Meekness is a self-emptying, self-humility, it’s self-brokenness before God. Meekness is when Joseph who is high in command in Egypt, sees his brothers that forsook him, sold him into slavery come begging for food because of famine and helping them. Today we hold grudges, we tell them to get away, but Joseph was meek. Meekness says I will never defend my name but I’ll die defending God. I think we have it wrong today, we don’t seek out the unlovable, the down and outers because of the reputation it would give us, but meekness draws us to those people. It doesn’t matter race, age or gender, meekness is humbling yourself to win others to Christ. Finally, meekness brings inheritance of the earth. The zealots wanted a military Messiah, the Pharisees a miraculous Messiah that would bring the kingdom by miracles. The Sadducees wanted a materialistic Messiah, no afterlife, all that mattered was here and now. But Jesus said your getting a meek Messiah. And only those that are meek will inherit the Kingdom. One day we will rule and reign. Only through meekness. I encourage you to live the way of Christ and not the way of the world. The World is ready to fight at the drop of a hat. But as Christians remember meekness is Power under control. Your in charge but your not a dictator your a servent of all. Don’t miss the point! Bow yourself down and do something for God.