Matthew 5:5 “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.”

Blessed are the meek, or as other translations have it, gentle or humble. This word meek is used four times in the New Testament, two of them referring to Jesus. The Lion of the Tribe of Judah is meek and gentle. The King of kings and Lord of lords is humble. The Creator of the universe, who existed before all time, meek and gentle and humble. That is a little hard for me to grasp.

There must be more to that word meek than I originally thought. Praus in the Greek. It literally means mild. I found this definition on Blue Letter Bible, “Meekness toward God is that disposition of spirit in which we accept His dealings with us as good … the meek are those wholly relying on God rather than their own strength … Gentleness or meekness is the opposite to self-assertiveness and self-interest. It stems from trust in God’s goodness and control over the situation. The gentle person is not occupied with self at all.”  Now I can see Jesus in that definition.

Jesus willingly gave up all the splendor of heaven to be born in a manger. It reminds me of Genie from Aladdin when he says, “Phenomenal cosmic powers, itty-bitty living space.” Jesus relied completely on the Father even though He could have done it in His own strength. Jesus thought only of others even to the point of dying for us all. Jesus didn’t rescue Himself when wrongly accused and hung on a cross.

“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God,

did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing

by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. and being found in appearance as a man,

he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest

place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,

in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,

to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:5-11

 

So, blessed are those that are meek like Jesus, for they will, as joint heirs with Christ, inherit the earth.