I’m thrilled to welcome my friend Melissa King back for this week’s Word Nerd Wednesday’s word, meek. In case you hadn’t noticed, we are working our way through the Beatitudes.
Definitions of Meek:
MEEK, adjective [Latin mucus; Eng. mucilage; Heb. to melt.]
1. Mild of temper; soft; gentle; not easily provoked or irritated; yielding; given to forbearance under injuries.
2. Appropriately, humble, in an evangelical sense; submissive to the divine will; not proud, self-sufficient or refractory; not peevish and apt to complain of divine dispensations.
Greek: Praÿs, Praus
Mildness of disposition, gentleness of spirit, meekness
(Meekness toward God is that disposition of spirit in which we accept his dealings with us as good, and therefore without disputing or resisting. In the OT, the meek are those wholly relying on God rather than their own strength to defend them against injustice. Thus, meekness toward evil people means knowing God is permitting the injuries they inflict, that He is using them to purify his elect, and that He will deliver his elect in His time. Is 42:17 Luke 18:1)
Concepts of Meekness
Meek is a word that can have a negative connotation within its modern context. Usually it is used with an implication of weakness. We are going to be looking at it in its scriptural context to help give a well-rounded definition. The first scripture that will come to most people’s mind is the Beatitudes from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5.
This is Jesus teaching his disciples and followers how to live their lives, letting their light shine before others, “so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16) So, as we look to this verse, we can ask ourselves “How does being meek give glory to God?” As we see in the definition above from TouchBible.net, meekness is a disposition that fully trusts in God and relies on Him rather than their own strength. With that mindset, when we endure opposition and persecution silently, relying on the Lord to execute the justice, we have no room to boast in anything but Him. Our rescuer gets the praise for we did not even have to speak a word.
“The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” (Ex 14:14)
The verse that closely mirrors Matt 5:5 and the one that Jesus most likely was closely citing is Psalm 37:11.
“But the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace.”
We see the correlation, the meek shall inherit the earth or land. Also in vs 9, it states, “those who wait for the LORD shall inherit the land.” Meekness again can be waiting silently for the LORD to act on your behalf. Those who show themselves to be meek trust in the power and justice of the Lord. Just look at verse 5-8,
“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.” (Emphasis added)
Meekness in the old testament is shown most prominently in the person of Moses. In Numbers 12:3 we read that “the man, Moses was very meek, more than all the people who were on the face of the earth.” It is no coincidence where this statement falls in the context of Numbers. The verse is sandwiched between Aaron and Miriam’s bitter accusation against Moses for marrying a Cushite woman and the LORD’s vindication. Here, where we could have read Moses trying to defend his choices or explain his reasoning, we instead read of his meek character. He saw no need to speak, but waited patiently for the LORD to defend him against the injustice. He was not easily provoked or irritated. Similarly, we see Moses intercede in prayer for those who complain and accuse him throughout his time in the wilderness with the Israelites.
Jesus is the epitome of meekness for us in his death on the cross.
He is our great mediator, interceding for us. As believers, our meekness of character should spring forth from our knowledge of Christ and our undeserved salvation in Him. Trusting fully in him we face trials and hardships with peace beyond our circumstances. Christ says, “Learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest to your souls.” Matthew 11:29
Where can meekness absorb criticism, opposition and adversity in your life and keep you from lashing out? Is there something keeping you from committing your way to the LORD and trusting him in all circumstances? My prayer for us today is that we will all have a passion for the glory of God, but not have our actions and tongues on a hair trigger. Let us be slow to speak and trust in the Lord, “in his majesty to ride out victoriously for the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness.” (Psalm 45:4)
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