Matthew 5:3: Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
When discussing the concept of meekness, many emotions are stirred at the core of individuals. Some interpret “meekness” as weakness, a lack of boldness, and/or the inability to be proud of oneself. A sense of outright indignation comes out of those that are outspoken, as if there is an inalienable right to speak one’s mind and have others hear regardless of their opinion. The reality is that the concept of meekness has nothing to do with “silencing” or “taking away rights.” Let’s examine the scriptures to come to an understanding of the promise found in Matthew 5.
The word “meek,” as found in the title verse, appears in the scriptures 17 times in 16 verses, 13 of which are found primarily in the Tanakh (Old Testament). Isn’t that amazing?! Our Messiah and His taught ones weren’t teaching on “new concepts,” there were expounding on concepts already very much established in the scriptures. As discussed in the word study Meek, the word is derived from the Hebrew word “anav”(H6035 – anav) meaning “humble, lowly, meek, and/or poor.” Let’s examine these definitions to find the positive and divisive, for the Messiah’s words were meant to lift up, and if they were meant in rebuke it was meant so that he could build you up.
Here is what the scriptures say about being humble:
Tehellim (Psalms) 10:17: Yahweh, you have heard the desire of the humble. You will prepare their heart. You will cause your ear to hear…
Tehellim (Psalms) 34:1-3:
(1) I will bless Elohim at all times. His praise will always be in my mouth.
(2) My soul shall boast in Yahweh. The humble shall hear of it, and be glad.
(3) Oh magnify Yahweh with me. Let us exalt his name together.
Mishlé (Proverbs) 29:23: A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honor shall uphold the humble in spirit.
Mattityahu (Matthew) 23:12: Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
Ya’aqov (James) 4:6-7,10:
(6) But he gives more favour. Therefore it says, “Yahweh resists the proud, but gives favour to the humble.”
(7) Be subject therefore Yahweh. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
(10) Humble yourselves in the sight of Elohim, and he shall lift you up.
– To summarize these scriptures, the idea of being humble is to be subject to the Father, to serve your brothers and sisters in the Body of the Messiah before wishing to be served, and to realize that we are the sheep of His pasture (not the other way around). We must be willing to bend our will to match the Father’s beautiful purpose for our lives, one that brings Him honor and esteem. That does not deny us the free will given to us from the Father, but we must love Him and His son enough to desire to be/become obedient.
Here is what the scriptures say about being lowly:
Tehellim (Psalms) 138:6: For though Yahweh is high, yet he looks after the lowly; But the proud, he knows from afar.
Mishlé (Proverbs) 16:9: It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor, Than to divide the plunder with the proud.
Mishlé (Proverbs) 16:9: A man’s pride brings him low, But one of lowly spirit gains honor.
Zekaryah (Zechariah) 9:9: Rejoice greatly, daughter of Tziyon! Shout, daughter of Yerushalayim! Behold, your king comes to you! He is righteous, and having salvation; Lowly, and riding on a donkey, Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
Mattityahu (Matthew) 11:29: Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart; and you will find rest for your souls.
– Who knew that the Messiah, both prophetically and self-describedly, was referred to as lowly? But there it is in plain English that the Messiah called himself lowly. The concept of being “lowly” and “humble” seems to be opposite of the concept of pride, but why? When pride leads to and unhealthy self love and boosting of one’s own ego, you have set yourself above Yahweh your Elohim. It is good to have a feeling of self worth so that you can treat your neighbor with that same sense of value and honor. When you begin to see yourself as “above your brother and sister,” you have essentially set yourself as an Elohim (your own personal g-d). Take on the mantle of Messiah, He came to proclaim His Father’s kingdom and not His own. He spent His entire ministry exalting the Father through His word and repeating the actions he observed in the heavenlies. He served others when he should be served, he exalted the lowly and lifted them up unto righteousness. Shouldn’t we do the same?
We have covered meekness in the study of the same name, and the poor in spirit in previous post as well, so what can we pull together in understanding – The meek are blessed because they exalt Yahweh instead of themselves, they dedicate themselves in service to their Creator, their Messiah, and their brothers and sisters out of love and humility and seek no reward from it. They may still be filled with integrity and self worth, but choose to spend their lives magnifying the Father with the blessings, because it is through His power that we live and breathe not our own.
That is why they will inherit the Earth – for they deny themselves anything and will be rewarded with everything! May you be blessed in this study, and challenged by the concepts therein. For those of you that may be offended by the concepts, please realize that Yahushua the Messiah identified himself as meek, lowly, and humble, and if we strive to be like Him we must be meek, lowly, and humble too! Shalom Aleichem!