The man who is meek is able to balance his anger. Let him curse." The meek find more pleasure in simple joys than wrong-doers in all their wealth. Matthew. They look for it in money, parties, self-improvement programs, fancy cars, luxurious homes, or promoting a cause. And that defines the Christian concept of meekness. Nothing will so soon stop cannon shot as sand. 'He that is down need fear no fall.' In short, it is a "righteous anger". They did not recognize the humble and self-denying Jesus as the Messiah because they did not recognize God’s predicted Suffering Servant as the Messiah. Good men's sons have a goodly portion to begin the world with, but many of them, alas! So we are not on the defensive; all that is gone. He stands up fearlessly in defense of others or of the truth as the occasion arises. Thou Lamb of Calvary, Savior divine; 'It is the Lord's will. Not only hereafter, but now, is the judgment-seat set up, at which the oppressed plead their cause against their oppressors, and the Lord hearkens and hears. They cannot afford, therefore, to be always standing on their own dignity and defending their own rights. As in patience they possess their souls, so they truly possess whatever God hath given them. Let him chequer his work as he please, it suffices that God has done it. Suppose there were no God in the world, or, suppose he did not concern himself with the children of men; but “when God ariseth to judgment, and to help all the meek upon earth,” how doth he laugh all this heathen wisdom to scorn, and turn the “fierceness of man to his praise”! 3 b Then Judas, his betrayer, seeing that Jesus had been condemned, deeply regretted what he had done. Let the cause of righteousness, justice, or truth be in question, none are so unbending or stalwart as they. This aspiration is noble. He is like the troubled sea that cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. (Genesis 50:19-20), In the New Testament Jesus is our example of perfect gentleness or meekness, in His famous invitation…, 28 "Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest (refresh you, cause you to cease from movement or labor in order to recover your strength, which emphasizes the restorative character of the rest) 29 "Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle (meek - praus) and humble in heart; and YOU SHALL FIND REST (noun form of "rest" in v28) FOR YOUR SOULS. But, in heaven, though meekness will always shine with its mild ray in the prismatic band of perfection, there will be less room for its, exercise, for those that oppose will have been taken out of the way, whilst the enemy and avenger will have been forever stilled. 5:5. The meek man rather bears wrong.--When the apostle was urging his converts not to go to law with one another, he said to them, " Why do ye not rather take wrong?" Posted in: The Beatitudes; Filed under: Matthew, Matthew 5:5. 2:5-11). THIS is the third regiment in the Lord's great army, the third gate into the blessed life, the third step downward to the throne. In this sense, we may be angry and yet we sin not. Meekness towards MAN. John Bunyan puts it per­fectly. Matthew 5:22 Some manuscripts brother or sister without cause; Matthew 5:22 An Aramaic term of contempt; Matthew 5:27 Exodus 20:14; Matthew 5:31 Deut. Cornelius' speech to Peter savored of a meek spirit: 'Now here we are, waiting before God to hear the message the Lord has given you' (Acts 10:33). Gentleness is a God-honored character trait, a fruit of the Spirit (Gal. One Man has been shown us by God, in whom His ideal of man was embodied; and He, “when He was reviled, reviled not again; when He suffered, threatened not, but committed Himself to Him that judgeth righteously”; He for those who nailed Him to the tree prayed, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” The world’s spirit of wrath, then, must be folly; whilst than a spirit of meekness like His, in the midst of controversy, oppositions, trials of whatever kind, there can be no surer evidence that “Jesus is made of God to His people wisdom.” (Johnstone, Robert : A Commentary on James - online), "Meekness toward God is that disposition of spirit in which we accept His dealings with us as good, and therefore without disputing or resisting. The meek person does not defend himself, first of all because that is His Lord’s command and example, and second because he knows that he does not deserve defending. (B)4 Blessed are those who mourn,    for they will be comforted. It poises the mind aright. Meekness caused Joseph to look beyond the murderous intentions and cruel actions of his brothers to the sovereignty of God. (Proverbs 16:32). Phone: 414-256-3200 Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Jesus made a whip and drove the moneychangers from the temple (John 2:14-17). Reprinted by permission. 5:5). Ultimately person who manifests praus is the one who imitates Jesus (cf His gentleness in Mt 11:29-note) enabled of course by the power of His indwelling Spirit. Meekness looks "not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal" (2 Corinthians 4:18). For believers, to be gentle is to be willingly under the sovereign control of God. They even understood the power of compromise, unpopular as it was. (New Testament in Modern English). It is natural for us to be stung to the quick by a feeling of resentment under rebuff, or slight, or rudeness, or wrong. Look above thee and see the Christ stand, so pure, so chaste, so glorious in the light in which He arrays Himself as with a garment, and thou wilt abhor thyself and repent in the dust. “Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way, first be reconciled to thy brother” (at least do all that in thee lies toward being reconciled), “and then come and offer thy gift,” verses 23 and 24. NLT: God blesses those who are gentle and lowly, for the whole earth will belong to them. Apathy is as far from meekness as from humanity. That is something purely biological, the kind of thing you get in animals. (Hughes, R. K. Sermon on the Mount: The Message of the Kingdom. Meekness is also patience in reception of injuries with a belief that God will vindicate us. They are always content, always pleased with what they have: it pleases them, because it pleases God: so that while their heart, their desire, their joy is in heaven, they may truly be said to “inherit the earth.”, But there seems to be a yet further meaning in these words, even that they shall have a more eminent part in “the new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness”; in that inheritance, a general description of which (and the particulars we shall know hereafter) Saint John hath given in the twentieth chapter of the Revelation: “And I saw an angel come down from heaven, and he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, and bound him a thousand years. Reprinted by permission. Our Lord here ranks under the head of murder even that anger which goes no farther than the heart, which does not show itself by any outward unkindness, no, not so much as a passionate word. These pre-Christian meanings of the word exhibit two general characteristics. It could also be seen as a picture of our need of Christ’s cleansing—a cleansing that will never be realized unless we are willing to be humble before the Savior. That “the meek” should “inherit the earth”—they who bear wrongs, and exemplify that love which “seeketh not her own,”—to a world which believes in high-handedness and self-assertion, and pushing the weakest to the wall, a statement like this of the Lord from heaven cannot but appear an utter paradox. It is a stronger thing for a man of vehement and impetuous temper to speak and act gently in the face of great provocation, than to blurt out indignant words and bluster like a north-east wind! 6:25; (Matt. 1 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. In spite of all the miracles of His ministry, the people never really believed in Him as the Messiah, because He failed to act in military or miracle power against Rome… Jesus’ teaching seemed new and unacceptable to most of His hearers simply because the Old Testament was so greatly neglected and misinterpreted. As in patience they possess their souls, so they truly possess whatever God hath given them. (New Living Translation - Tyndale House), Philips: Happy are those who claim nothing, for the whole earth will belong to them! Let us understand that the evil of speech and act which would injure us is set on fire of hell, and nothing could better fulfil the purpose of our great adversary than that the passions should pass from the wrong-doer to the wronged, and from him again to others. I know You are just. Is Dr. Peterson's When we willingly place ourselves under the control of God, we are following the example of Jesus Himself while He lived on this earth. B. Matthew. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. Most evangelical supporters of the modern state of Israel MUST become familiar with the biennial conference Christ at the Checkpoint (CATC). This is our precious example of meekness beloved. The meek person submits to God! (Matthew 5:5) Pt 1 . 3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.. 4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.. 5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. He is gentle, meek, and mild, but he is in control. Be lowly before God, allowing His love to enter and fill thy heart, and thou wilt find it easy to be meek towards man. 17 His disciples remembered that it was written, "ZEAL FOR THY HOUSE WILL CONSUME ME." Loving Jesus, gentle Lamb, And out of this quiet confidence comes the heroic strength which bears, believes, hopes, and endures all things, till it conquers by the sheer force of patience. Meekness is strength harnessed for service. A molluscous flabbiness, a contemptible namby-pambyism, an absence of backbone and muscle are the ideas which are generally summoned to our mind, when a man is classed among the meek. Here, as so often, the superficial judgment of the world is falsified by a wide acquaintance with human character. For instance, Matthew 5:31-32 and Matthew 7:7-11 are quite detached from their context. “And whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca,” whosoever shall give way to anger, so as to utter. Matthew 3:10—4:11. “But whosoever shall say, Thou fool,” whosoever shall so give place to the devil, as to break out into reviling, into designedly reproachful and contumelious language, “shall be obnoxious to hell fire”: shall, in that instant, be liable to the highest condemnation. The idea of a meek Messiah leading meek people was far from any of their concepts of the messianic kingdom. (Ibid), Some say that the best way to get through the world is to swagger along with a coarse impudence, and to push out of your way all who may be in it; but there is no truth in that idea. The meek are marvellously guided.--"The meek will He guide in judgment: and the meek will He teach his way." The gentle dawn will master the blustering night; the soft-treading spring will quell the storms of winter. He takes a peculiar care to provide them with all things needful for life and godliness; he secures to them the provision he hath made, in spite of the force, fraud, or malice of men; and what he secures he gives them richly to enjoy. 15:19; James 1:14, 15) looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. (W) 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Ironically, then, it will not be the arrogant, wealthy, harsh people who get everything. • Uncontrolled: If rage fills your soul so that life is a series of explosions occasioned by the "fools" in your life, watch out. That was not the kind of Messiah they wanted. How would you describe your attitude, beloved? Meekness is the opposite of self-assertiveness and self-interest. Why not just be Christians who have good manners and a good standing in the community? He warns us that the performing our duty to God will not excuse us from our duty to our neighbor; that works of piety, as they are called, will be so far from commending us to God, if we are wanting in charity, that, on the contrary, that want of charity will make all those works an abomination to the Lord. Meekness is not vindictive, does not retaliate, is not selfish, does not emphasize its rights, does not exalt itself, and is not cruel and unkind. Gentle (meek, KJV) (4239)(praus -- some sources state it originates from paos = easy, mild or soft) (Click for in depth study of the related noun "gentleness' = prautes which is a fruit of the Holy Spirit - Gal 5:23-note) describes those who are of a quiet, gentle spirit, in opposition to the proud and supercilious Scribes and Pharisees and their disciples. Phil 2:5)… the man who is meek is not even sensitive about himself. (MacArthur, J: Matthew 1-7 Macarthur New Testament Commentary Chicago: Moody Press). What strength to resist the soft seductions of the tempting voices that bade Him spare Himself! Even in the throes of death, he pleaded, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing" (Luke 23:34). In those strong and bitter words David detected another voice, the voice of One who loved him as a Father, whilst He held his sin in utter detestation. The personal coming of the Lord is desired not primarily because the Bride desires the Bridegroom, but because the subject longs for the triumph of that Kingdom which is righteousness, joy, and peace in the Holy Ghost. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. God sees what is best for me, whether a fertile soil or a barren. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? Now meekness calms the passions. We all of us prefer to condemn ourselves than to allow somebody else to condemn us. How happy is it when the Word which comes with majesty, is received with meekness! In the King James Version of the Bible the text reads: Will you surrender to His call? “He looked round about upon them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts.” He was grieved at the. Passion raises a storm which blurs the heavens and ruffles the calm waters of the lake. Scripture: Matthew 5:43–48. Blessed Are Ye. If you think meekness is weakness, trying being meek for a week. It looks upon those who offer insults and are offensive with pity. 5. Meekness towards GOD, which implies two things: submission to his will; flexibleness to his Word. Cower Power. 5 Blessed are the a meek: for they shall inherit the b earth. The passionate soul is unable to detect the movements of God's guiding pillar. We may acknowledge our own bankruptcy (Mt 5:3) and mourn (Mt 5:4), but to respond with meekness when others tell us of our spiritual bankruptcy and weaknesses is far harder. 4, Page 30. John Piper May 14, 1995 82 Shares Sermon. [1] Submission to God's WILL: when we react calmly, without swelling or murmuring, under the adverse dispensations of providence. Jesus’ statement in Matthew 5:5 actually comes from Psalm 37:11 & 22. One needs to keep the historical context in mind when interpreting the meaning and significance of "blessed are the gentle (meek)". He never talks to himself and says, 'You are having a hard time, how unkind these people are not to understand you: He never thinks: `How wonderful I really am, if only other people gave me a chance.' Meekly to Calvary’s cross He was led. He will do his duty in the station where God has set him gently and lovingly, seeking not honor from men, ambitious only to be well pleasing unto the Lord. He was telling His followers to be submissive to God and willing to put their strength under His control. “Whosoever is angry with his brother,” with any man living, seeing we are all brethren; whosoever feels any unkindness in his heart, any temper contrary to love; whosoever is angry without a cause, without a sufficient cause, or farther than that cause requires, “shall be in danger of the judgment”; shall, in that moment, be obnoxious to the righteous judgment of God. 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