Scripture Reading: Psalm 37
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Meek—mild, gentle, balanced, tranquil, untroubled. Not brash or angry. Inherit the earth—because of the inheritance they are more relaxed. All things pertain to life and godliness.
Matthew 21:2-5—ultimately talking about Jesus
Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me.3 And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them.4 All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying,5 Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.
Not on a decked out war horse. Not a limo but a Toyota Corolla.
And I will encamp about mine house because of the army, because of him that passeth by, and because of him that returneth: and no oppressor shall pass through them any more: for now have I seen with mine eyes.9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.10 And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow shall be cut off: and he shall speak peace unto the heathen: and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth.
Not using war, but meekly taking charge. God does not need human displays of power.
Speak peace—command it with authority. Lowly—without pomp. Kingdom spread not by might, not by power but by His Spirit Zechariah 4:6
Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.9 For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.10 For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.11 But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.12 The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.13 The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming.
Rest and wait—be silent and submissive, not angry and rash. Not plotting and gnashing.
An Abiding trust in God to take care of you, to handle evil doers. Earth—land. Israel stays in the land not by war and power, but by humble faith. Land elsewhere is chapter.
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: 20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
Slow to speak—silent and waiting, slow to grasp authority. Slow to wrath—slow to get heated, avoiding hasty temper, passion. Worketh not—produces, practices. God’s righteousness is never honored when His people are angry. True righteousness is in peace, not wrath. 3:18—fruit of righteousness is peace.
Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
Meekness of wisdom—people with wisdom are meek, meekness is inseparable from wisdom. Wisdom has perspective. Strife—party spirit, factions, rivalry.
Sensual—animal like, natural, not from God/ Spirit. Devilish—demonic.
Where envy and strife are—look where anger is; that’s where wisdom isn’t! and neither is God. Confusion—instability, disorder.
1 Peter 3:15-16
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.
To everyone who asks—not rolling over everyone, but answering those who sincerely want to know. Don’t throw pearls before swine.
Meekness and fear—not with self-promotion, heat, anger, with respect toward God and who you are speaking to. Good conscience—guilty people are angry people. If you don’t have a good conscience you will be a terrible apologist for the faith.
Meekness is a trust in a higher power protecting you, which results in a peaceful, not stirred up, not angry way of life. I’m good. I’m not fighting, you guys can fight, I’m over here waiting on the Lord.