Meekness is always the mean between excessive anger and excessive angerlessness. turn a father's blessing into a curse. Make me, Savior, what Thou art, Continue Reading. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? Christ's yoke is not one which chafes, irks or galls, but is smooth and even. May 21, 1995. How happy is it when the Word which comes with majesty, is received with meekness! Let him chequer his work as he please, it suffices that God has done it. Lowliness will always be a characteristic attribute of true saintliness. (X) 19 Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands(Y) and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. And seeing the multitudes — At some distance, as they were coming to him from every quarter.He went up into the mountain — Which was near: where there was room for them all.His disciples — not only his twelve disciples, but all who desired to learn of him. —Palmer. So it does not mean to be naturally nice or easy to get on with. You need not worry about what men may say or do; you know you deserve it all and more… A person who is of the type that I have been describing must of necessity be mild. Because it was such an unpleasant task, it was usually assigned to the lowest servant in the house. He owned everything, yet possessed nothing! Meekness is consistent with strength of character.--It is not always thought so. B. Matthew. How would you describe your attitude, beloved? “We have need of patience, that after we have done [and suffered] the will of God, we may receive the promise.” We have need of resignation, that we may in all circumstances say, “Not as I will, but as thou wilt.” And we have need of “. Living the Christian life without the Lord in your life is impossible, but we can do all things through Christ. Our Lord is not calling us to business as usual but to be radical believers who emulate His character, character that shows the reality of His life in and through our lives, especially as seen in this paradoxical trait of non-retaliatory power under control. they feel nothing. We cannot see the world as God means it in the future, save as our souls are characterized by meekness. The equanimity, mildness, kindness, represented by the classical word, are founded in self-control or in natural disposition. We have a compound word gentleman, which once fully expressed the meaning of the word meek, but in our modern society has almost wholly lost its original meaning. And who shall say that Jesus Christ was not strong, viewing His nature only from the human side? Basil calls this 'the indelible character of a gracious soul.' It brings credit to true religion; it wins upon all. So meekness makes itself low before His might and majesty. May the Lord make us the joyful parents of many spiritual children, and we shall have no fears about their maintenance, for the Lord will make each one of them princes in all the earth. Meekness can do this because it realizes that the insults and injuries which evil men and women may inflict are permitted by a sovereign God Who is in complete control and Who is therefore able to use such events to purify and build godly character in the one who is insulted or injured. Of all mourners, Jeremiah is one of the most plaintive. It does not murmur or dispute (cf Phil 2:3, 14-16, James 5:9, Pr 13:10 15:18). On the contrary, the word has the opposite meaning. Matthew 5:5 • Matthew 5:5 NIV • Matthew 5:5 NLT • Matthew 5:5 ESV • Matthew 5:5 NASB • Matthew 5:5 KJV • Matthew 5:5 Commentaries • Matthew 5:5 Bible Apps • Matthew 5:5 Biblia Paralela • Matthew 5:5 Chinese Bible • Matthew 5:5 French Bible • Matthew 5:5 German Bible Interlinear Bible Bible Hub Adam Clarke writes that the English word "meek". 15 And He made a scourge of cords, and drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen; and He poured out the coins of the moneychangers, and overturned their tables; 16 and to those who were selling the doves He said, "Take these things away; stop making My Father's house a house of merchandise." Some hungers are ignoble, despicable, and base. Crossway Books), Barton, B. When Judas came and kissed him in Gethsemane, Jesus called him "friend." Anger at sin we allow. As Izaak Walton explained: I could there sit quietly, and looking on the waters see fishes leaping at flies of several shapes and colors. CHAPTER 27. (Lloyd-Jones, D. M. Studies in the Sermon on the Mount), "test as to whether we are truly meek is not whether we can say we are poor sinners, but rather what we do when someone else calls us vile sinners. Aristotle explained that it is the mean between excessive anger and excessive angerlessness. (H. W. Still less does it mean a spirit of compromise or 'peace at any price. Therefore, if thou art once in that prison, the smoke of thy torment must “ascend up forever and ever.”, Meanwhile, “The meek shall inherit the earth.” Such is the foolishness of worldly wisdom! Both those who were serving and those being served were presenting distinct pictures of humility. Rod Mattoon - The third beatitude is even more difficult than the first two, because it involves the issue of our relationship with others and having self control. This spirit of meekness is ultimately the spirit of Christ Himself. —Walton. —Sper. But what is that distinction? The people as a whole eventually rejected Jesus because He did not fulfill their messianic expectations… This strange preacher could hardly be the deliverer they were looking for. Meekness therefore seems properly to relate to ourselves, but it may be referred either to God or our neighbor. The meek and quiet are observed to live the most easy lives, compared with the froward and turbulent. 17 His disciples remembered that it was written, "ZEAL FOR THY HOUSE WILL CONSUME ME." Introduction to the Sermon on the Mount. 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. Meekness is controlled strength or power completely surrendered to God’s control. The mildness or kindness of Plato or Pindar imply no sense of inferiority in those who exhibit them; sometimes the contrary. That is the spiritual method, and here it is once more emphasized in this amazing statement in the Sermon on the Mount. ), How do you become meek? Pure in heart—being singleminded and sincere in our devotion to Christ. Who is the man who fears the LORD? None of the character traits that Jesus mentions in the beatitudes are natural traits so by default they can only be supernaturally produced. F. B. Meyer. 1. Since a meek man is not a self-centered man, the anger is not about that which happens to him but is rather a righteous anger at what is wrongly done to others. Let us abide in Him, asking that He will repeat in us His characteristic grace, and enable us to breathe again upon the world the spirit by which He was animated in life and death. Wheaton, Ill.: Tyndale House Publishers, Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. 3 And Judas begat a Phares and b Zara of Thamar; and Phares begat c Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram;. When we turn from the sin of the world, the woes of men, the high-handed wrong of the great, and the abject poverty, sorrow, and anguish of heart of the oppressed, to the sin of our own hearts, the broken ideals, the frustrated purposes, the perpetual contrast between what we would be and what we are, surely our tears must have more salt in them, and cut deeper courses in their flow. A present and a future inheritance as explained below. Thou Lamb of Calvary, Savior divine; He shows that it is impossible for any sinner to, with God, who will not accept one duty for another nor take a part of obedience for the. What consummate meekness was ever manifested by our holy Lord! Most evangelical supporters of the modern state of Israel MUST become familiar with the biennial conference Christ at the Checkpoint (CATC). Amid the violet light of a dying summer's day, when soft and lovely music, songs without words, is filling the entranced and listening air, when some heroic stand for liberty is drowned and quenched in blood, when the white robes of the soul have been stained and polluted by some recent fall, then the soul hungers with an intolerable pain, and thirsts, as the wounded hart for water-brooks, that righteousness should set up its blessed and all-conquering reign. When Peter denied him, Jesus restored him to fellowship and service. We must be ready to learn and listen and especially must we surrender ourselves to the Spirit… Finally, I would put it like this. Meekness is not weakness, but meekness does not use its power for its own defense or selfish purposes. In their meekness they are like their King, and they shall reign with him. 21:5). 20:14; Deut. They are like touchwood to the flame, gunpowder to the spark. God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. (Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible), Meek people realize their position before God (Mt 5:3) and gladly live it out before their fellow humans. Man's misconception of this strength of meekness is largely due to the gentle guise which she adopts, the restraint which she exercises over herself, her soft footfall, her modulated tones. That was not the kind of Messiah they wanted. It would not be right to say that such a man is entirely self-controlled, for such self-control is beyond human power; but it would be right to say that such a man is God-controlled. He is not always watching himself and his own interests. The one who is meek has a gentle spirit because he trusts God. 5 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. But the rest of the dead lived not again, until the thousand years were finished. The perfect example of praus is our Lord Jesus Christ and how He walked and responded even to those who mistreated and falsely accused Him (1Peter 2:18-25). And let there be no delay in what so nearly concerneth thy soul. 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?" For example, by bearing the same yoke, the untrained ox would soon learn the proper pace and how to heed the direction of the master. (Amplified Bible - Lockman). It is the third verse of the Sermon on the Mount, and also the third of what are known as the Beatitudes Content. Otherwise, we shall be overcome of evil instead of overcoming evil with good. They do not look down on themselves, but they do not think too highly of themselves either. 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