I recently watched a documentary called ‘The Lion in Your Living Room’ which explores the history and lives of cats. You might say that domesticated cats are tame, but they still have a bit of a wild side. (Cat owners: Insert your favorite story here.) The Greek word that Jesus uses for "meek" has the idea of a wild animal that has been tamed. Our nature is to live the wild life, to live life our way, to insist on our terms, doing what we want when we want, how we want. Have you come to understand that this way of life only leads to separation from God now and forever? The "meek," those who trust in Jesus, have learned their place with their Master – and have found it to be a good place indeed!
The "meek" know their untamed past and their rebel nature, and they know they are quite undeserving of any good gifts from God. And yet Jesus makes this gracious promise: "they will inherit the earth." Even now the "meek" see this promise at work as God is using everything in this life to bless us. But what is most amazing is what Jesus did to promise us this inheritance. A 17th century hymn puts it this way:
A Lamb goes uncomplaining forth, the guilt of all men bearing;
And laden with the sins of earth, none else the burden sharing!
Goes patient on, grows weak and faint,
To slaughter led without complaint,
That spotless life to offer;
Bears shame and stripes, and wounds and death,
Anguish and mockery, and saith,
"Willing all this I suffer."
His meekness secured your salvation. Do you see how blessed you are in Jesus? "BLESSED ARE THE MEEK, FOR THE WILL INHERIT THE EARTH." (Matthew 5:5)
See how true happiness is found in Jesus alone through the "BLESSED" series.
INTRO, POOR, MOURN, MEEK, HUNGER, MERCIFUL, PURE, PEACEMAKERS
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Daniel is the Staff Minister at Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, El Paso TX.