The Beatitudes (Part 7): Blessed are the Meek (Part 3)

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Morning 30 April 2023


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Psalm 52:1–4 ESV
Why do you boast of evil, O mighty man? The steadfast love of God endures all the day. Your tongue plots destruction, like a sharp razor, you worker of deceit. You love evil more than good, and lying more than speaking what is right. Selah You love all words that devour, O deceitful tongue.


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Matthew 5:2–12 ESV
And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.


Meekness / Gentleness / Humility
Power under Control
Opposite of Pride / Arrogance
Rooted in an understanding of God and of ourselves
Making a stand against Sin
Example of Jesus’ Meekness
James 1:17 - every good thing comes from God & trials bring us closer to God

Meekness in Action

Meekness Commits its cause into God’s Hands
Paul said...
2 Timothy 1:12 ESV
which is why I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me.
Meekness - is a continuous state

the nineteenth-century Christian philanthropist George Múller replied, ‘There was a day when I died, utterly died; died to George Múller, his opinions, preferences, tastes and will—died to the world, its approval or censure—died to the approval or blame even of my brethren and friends—and since then I have studied only to show myself approved unto God.’

Meekness remains unprovoked by criticism

Reminder of Jesus’ example
Hebrews 12:3 ESV
Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.
Not weakness! - Do you have the inner strength to follow His example?
Our natural tendency is to defend ourselves against every attack ...

John Stott makes the point perfectly: ‘I myself am quite happy to recite the General Confession in church and call myself a “miserable sinner”. It causes me no great problem. I can take it in my stride. But let somebody else come up to me after church and call me a miserable sinner, and I want to punch him on the nose!’

Martyn Lloyd-Jones hits the nail on the head when he says, ‘To be truly meek means that we no longer protect ourselves, because we see there is nothing worth defending.’

We must be able to take criticism and correction through the appropriate use of the Word of God
John Blanchard...

we must resist the temptation to be proved right in everything we say or to insist that our view of things is the only right one, whether it be an issue of doctrine, morality, ethics, the church, business, politics or anything else.

South African preacher Frank Retief points us in the right direction: ‘Take the opportunity of restoring broken relationships. Make whatever apologies are necessary. Be willing to eat humble pie and don’t be caught up in the pettiness of who said what and when and who was wrong or right. I have often made the observation that five minutes before I die, it will not matter one whit to me who won the last argument. I will have other things of far greater importance on my mind.’

NB: This does not speak against the appropriate and proper correction of others with the Word of God, but rather our resistence to such correction.

Meekness accepts personal injury without resentment

Paul faced opposition from those who denied his Apostolic authority, and they suggested that he was bold enough to write to them but a coward when he met them face to face.
Paul replied ...
2 Corinthians 10:1 ESV
I, Paul, myself entreat you, by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—I who am humble when face to face with you, but bold toward you when I am away!—
reworded: “by the friendship and example of Christ - I who am humble when face to face with you, but bold toward you when I am away!”
John Blanchard...

Meekness in the face of personal injury runs counter to our natural inclination, which is to retaliate—sometimes with interest!—but it is just as much a Christian’s duty to avoid taking offence as it is to avoid giving offence.

NB: We must not so desire to avoid offence that we fail to be bold in rebuking our Brother or Sister in Christ.

Meekness bears patiently with the unfaithfulness of friends

Paul experienced the failure of “fair weather” believers from standing with him.
2 Timothy 4:16 ESV
At my first defense no one came to stand by me, but all deserted me. May it not be charged against them!
The weakness of friends can sometimes cause more pain than the power of enemies
Paul handled the situation without resentment
2 Timothy 4:17 ESV
But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth.
NB: He also wrote to Timothy naming those who had spoken or acted against him

Meekness deals lovingly but firmly with the lost

Paul taught Timothy against being dragged into quarrels by those who made false profession of faith (unbelievers)
2 Timothy 2:23–26 ESV
Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.
John Blanchard...

Faced with an argumentative unbeliever, we can quickly find ourselves adopting the same hostile spirit and getting involved in a verbal brawl, forgetting that even if we won every round and convinced the other person at every point, we might do so in such a way as to leave him even more determined to have nothing to do with a religion that produces people like us.

Paul also reminds Timothy of their danger...
2 Timothy 3:2–7 ESV
For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth.

Meekness deals lovingly but firmly with the sin of believers

Paul taught for us to deal lovingly with the transgressions of a believer
Galatians 6:1 ESV
Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.
Spirit of Gentlesness - as a Friend
Opposite of Harshly - unpleasantly rough, cruel or severe

Defining Meekness

John Blanchard...
The Beatitudes for Today The Measure of Meekness

Meekness is a defining grace, produced by the Holy Spirit in the life of the Christian, which characterizes that person’s response towards God and man.

The Beatitudes for Today The Measure of Meekness

Meekness towards God is a spirit of submission to all of God’s dealings with us, especially those which cause us sorrow or pain, in the settled conviction that in all of these he is graciously, wisely and sovereignly working ‘for the good of those who love him’ (Romans 8:28).

The Beatitudes for Today The Measure of Meekness

Meekness towards man means bearing patiently with the hurtful actions of others and dealing gently with their failures, not only in the assurance that all of these are under God’s providential control, but in the knowledge that, left to ourselves, we have no claim to be any stronger than the weakest of our friends or any better than the worst of our enemies.

They Shall inherit the Earth

Matthew 5:5 ESV
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Christians have no greater economic wealth
Earth / Land - dwelling place of man
David (OT) puzzled by the prosperity of the wicked, accepts calm and patient faith in the over-ruling providence of God.
Psalm 37:11 ESV
But the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace.
Paul learned to be content
first reward of meekness - Contentment
Philippians 4:11–13 ESV
Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Meekness does not get ulcers worrying about economic woes - e.g. not dominated by it
Ecclesiastes 4:6 ESV
Better is a handful of quietness than two hands full of toil and a striving after wind.
The Beatitudes for Today The Inheritance

As A W Pink neatly puts it, ‘The humble Christian is far happier in a cottage than the wicked in a palace.’

True riches in Christ

1 Corinthians 3:21–23 ESV
So let no one boast in men. For all things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, and you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.
Liberated by the truth
You are Christ’s & Christ is God’s
Creator of the world
Giver of life
Conqueror of death
ruler of the present
Lord of the Future
The Beatitudes for Today The Inheritance

Meekness is not looking back and seeing this in retrospect. It is approaching each day, each new set of circumstances, in the settled conviction that, in David’s famous phrase, ‘Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever’ (Psalm 23:6, NKJV)

Eternal Riches

Inheritance lost by Adam but regained by Christ
2 Peter 3:13 ESV
But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
Romans 8:17 ESV
and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
Romans 8:21 ESV
that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.
Revelation 21:4 ESV
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

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