Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Meek of the Earth

As you scroll through this month's Bible study, you'll see nothing new or profound. You'll see thoughts Believers down through time have know and died for. But if you are like me, you see the rampant sin around us and it grieves you. You see great men rise and great men fall. It can discourage and cause the heart to grow weary. But then you take to the Word and see a much brighter picture than the one outside your window. This happened to me as I prepared this study and I pray, if nothing else, it stirs your remembrance of the incredible hope and incredible joy our Jesus has given us.

The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the
LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever. (Psalm 22:26)

Who Are The Meek?
 
Who are the meek and why does God promise so much to them? We could spend a whole study on who the meek are, but the most simple definition I know of a meek person is someone who has a sober realization of who they are in their relationship to God and their fellow man. In relating to God, the meek simply accept His terms and obey whether they understand or not. Pride is the archenemy of meekness. This is why meekness is so often linked with salvation and is one of the fruit of the Spirit. 

Now that we have a common understanding of who the meek are, lets look at a very interesting, yet beautiful promise the Bible gives the meek. Read the following verses carefully and notice the common theme among them.

God's Promise To The Meek

But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall
delight themselves in the abundance of peace. (Psalm 37:11)

The meek are promised that they will inherit the earth and shall rejoice in the abundance of peace that will surround them.

Thou didst cause judgment to be heard from heaven;
the earth feared, and was still,
when God arose to judgment,
to save all the meek of the earth. Selah
(Psalm 76:8-9)

Hmm...the meek are mentioned with the earth twice now...

but with righteousness shall he judge the poor,
and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth:
and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.
(Isaiah 11:4)

Again, the title “meek of the earth”.

Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD’s anger. (Zephaniah 2:3)

And again!

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. (Matthew 5:5)

One final time, the meek are associated with the earth and Jesus brings it full circle when He echoes Psalm 37 with the promise the meek shall inherit the earth. The earth will all its wonder, all its majesty and all that makes it home for us will be the birthright of the meek.

Dear sister, if you have come to Christ meekly believing like a child does, then our Father has so much more in store for us than we can possibly imagine! This earth may not seem like much of an inheritance now, but remember we look through the glass darkly. Someday this old earth is going to melt away and a brand new one will come instead. The Bible does not teach an eternity where all we do is harp on clouds in some fairy Neverland. The New Earth – our inheritance – is a REAL place, with REAL purpose and REAL work that is even more meaningful than what we do here.

So let's lift up our heads. May our hearts be strengthened by the joy that is set before us. May our energy be funneled to proclaim Jesus to those who have not accepted the promise of the New Earth and on finishing the work God has given us to do.

For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. (Isaiah 65:17)

Oh how great is thy goodness which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men! (Psalm 31:19) 

2 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing, Kenzi! Our meekness verses have been so wonderful, haven't they? It's been a beautiful virtue to study and learn more about. :) I just love that bit about the meek inheriting the earth! And as Matthew 11:29-30 teaches, Jesus is the perfect model of meekness. :) Thanks again for the post, sister!!

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    1. They are such beautiful verses! And like you mentioned Jesus is indeed the perfect example of meekness. Thanks for sharing, Patience!

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