Meekness

1 Cor 1:27-29 – But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 28)  And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: 29)  That no flesh should glory in his presence. Num 12:3 – Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth. Meekness is the extreme opposite of pride and self will.  Meek means depressed, in mind or circumstances, needy, especially saintly, humble, lowly, poor, also to deprive of self-esteem or self-worth or of little distinction. English meek means long-suffering and uncomplaining; forbearing, yet strong enough to resist aggression; enduring, forbearing, persevering, and patient. Ps 22:26 – The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the Lord that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.

God strongly prefers to use the meek for His work on the earth, yet He still uses those that have little of this, but pride will always cause them to fall short and miss the mark.  It is the pride of mankind the nurturers offenses and manifest in frustration, anger, forgiveness, and bitterness.  Ps 147:6 – The Lord lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground. Lifteth up means testify, to encompass, restores, call to record, relieve, stand upright, or witness. God love the meek of the earth, for He can cause His power and strength to flow through them. Isa 11:4  But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity/fairness 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. Meekness does not identify the weak, but more precisely the strong who have been placed in a position of weakness where they persevere without giving up.  Why? The putting off of the old to put on the new. (Eph 4:22, Col 3:9)

God’s greatest desire is to use His people to cause His life, strength and power to flow through, but without meekness pride will connect to the message and the power of God and make the person miss the mark.  1 Cor 12:9 – And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (Infirmity means feebleness of mind or body, malady; frailty,  sickness, or weakness.)  Paul was praying that this harassing thorn be removed from his flesh, which was a messenger of satan to buffet him lest he be exalted above measure as Paul pleaded with God three times.

Late twentieth-century Western culture does not hold meekness to be a virtue.  Virtue means moral excellence, grace, purity, decency, or moral goodness. Ps 149:4 – For the Lord taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify/glorify the meek with salvation. The pride of man became a slayer of meekness and virtue.  In the ancient Near East and the Greco-Roman world, they placed a high premium on meekness. Ancient Near Eastern kings were not reluctant to describe themselves as meek in the same context in which they described themselves as mighty kings.  We can see the huge difference between King Saul and David, it testifies of God’s utter contempt for Saul in contrast to God’s great love for King David, because of this inward beauty of David from meekness and Jesus came in the likeness of David seed.

Ps 2:9-12 – Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. 10) Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. 11) Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. 12) Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him. We can see a whole new meaning to Ps 2:12 here as it speaks to the meek of the earth, these are those whom God desires to use powerfully.  Kiss here implies submission and being under, trusting, submitted and yielding to His desires for our lives.  In earlier teachings we have learned that kiss means to be armed with weapons, but we find that the greatest weapon is meekness, because Jesus was meek and lowly when He walk the earth, dying for our sins and transgression against God. Matt 11:29-30 – Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30) For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Yoke means to join, especially by a yoke; a coupling, servitude (a law or obligation);  Rom 13:8 – Owe (out of obligation) no man anything, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. Here is the conflict with the flesh and God, bringing our chastening!  The love of God working within in us, being demonstrated, by our love for one another, works in us death through meekness for the putting off of the old man and putting on of the new creation in Jesus Christ.

Heb 12:5-8 – And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; 6) For whom the Lord loves He chastens, And scourges(flogs) every son whom He receives.” 7) If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? 8) But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. Chastens means to train up a child, educate, or to discipline by punishment. Why does God discipline by punishment? To rid us of the old nature with its pride and self will, keeping us from God using us to do his work upon the earth.

Most modern versions of the bible replace “meekness” by “gentleness” or “humility, ” largely as a result of the belittling overtones of weakness and effeminacy now associated with meekness. Ps 45:3-4 – Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty. 4)  And in thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things. The scripture speaks of Christ the Lord bring judgment upon the wicked in truth, meekness and righteousness.

What prompted this discrepancy between the biblical and contemporary attitudes toward virtue?  A conflict in which individuals is unable to control or influence circumstances. Typical human responses in such circumstances include frustration, bitterness, or anger.  Deut 12:8 – Ye shall not do after all the things that we do here this day, every man whatsoever is right in his own eyes. Those of the world do what is right in their own ways and many Christians are estranged from God because of this. Rom 10:3 – For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.  Submitted means to subordinate, be under obedience, put under, subdue, make subject to, be put in subjection or submit self unto.  1 John 2:16 – For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

These attributes mark them that are meek: Meekness is an active and deliberate acceptance of undesirable circumstances that are wisely seen by the individual as only part of a larger picture. Meekness is patient and hopeful endurance of undesirable circumstances and identifies the person as externally vulnerable and weak, but inwardly resilient and strong. The use of the Greek word when applied to domestic animals means “tame”.  In other words, such animals have not lost their strength but have learned to control the destructive instincts that prevent them from living in harmony with others.(Remember natural man means beastly, sensual and terrestrial.) The single most frequently attested context in which the meek are mentioned in the Bible is one in which they are vindicated and rewarded for their patient endurance. Ps 25:9 – The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.  If you aren’t hearing from God and His word is not being revealed to you by His Spirit, most likely this spirit of pride is keeping you from the truth and you have not submitted yourself to the chastening of the Lord, thus becoming a son.

1 Peter 3:4 – But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. Zeph 2:3 – 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.  Seek means to find, to secure, to desire, to demand, to require to ask or request.  Meekness is a grace gift given by God, but if there is no striving after it, it won’t come.  Jesus told us to ask, seek and knock to receive from the Father, far be it from the Father to keep meekness from us to walk in it that He be glorified.

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