The Gospel of Matthew says this of the “meek”:
Mattityahu (Matthew) 5:5: “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.”
What is meekness? If it is a blessing, we first must understand it to grasp the fullness and depth of the concept of the word “meek.” Let us look into the meaning and picture of the word “meek,” and together gain a deeper understanding that we may apply to our lives.
The word “meek” comes from the Hebrew word “anav” עָנָו (H6035 – ä·näv) which means “poor, humble, afflicted, lowly, meek.” It comes from the primitive Hebrew root “anah” עָנָה (H6031 – ä·nä) which means “to afflict, oppress, humble, be afflicted, be bowed down.”
The literal picture means “Knowing/seeing the Authority/security of the Heir.” We are subject to the authority of Yahushua, who is our “head,” thus we humble ourselves under His authority, His love, His provision of stability and security. We can also, with those same eyes, look at it an interpret it as “looking at/toward the piercing of the son.” So to be meek is to be in subjection to the higher power, greater good, humbling one’s self so that others may be magnified.
The first occurrence of “meek”
Bemidbar (Numbers) 12:3: “Now the man Mosheh was very humble/meek, above all the men who were on the surface of the eretz.”
– This instance of the word “meek” describes the character of Mosheh (Moses) when His faithfulness was questioned by Miriam and Aharon. He sought not to argue or cause strife with his brother and sister, he sought peace between them. Yet Miriam, in a spirit of jealousy and boldness, wrongfully accused Mosheh and was plagued with leprosy because of her sin.
Other notable instance of “anav”
Tehellim (Psalms) 22:26: The meek/humble shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise Elohim that seeks him: your heart shall live forever.
Tehellim (Psalms) 34:11: But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
Tehellim (Psalms) 147:6: Elohim lifts up the meek: he casts the wicked down to the ground.
Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 11:4: But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity 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.
Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 61:1: The Spirit of Yahweh Elohim is upon me; because Yahweh has anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
Zephanyahu (Zephaniah) 2:3: Seek Yahweh, all you meek/humble of the land, who have kept his ordinances. Seek righteousness. Seek humility. It may be that you will be hidden in the day of Yahweh’s anger.
Mattityahu (Matthew) 11:28-30:
(28) Come unto me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
(29) Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls.
(30) For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Kepha א (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 Yahweh is of great price.
Meekness is a quality shared by the Messiah and His people. We are to be obedient, submissive, and unselfish to our authority as Messiah was to His. It is a quality which garners humility and many great blessings from the Father. I challenge you to find that “still, small voice” within, to get down on your face and pray for the humbling that Yahweh can give. May you be blessed on your journey to meekness – “anav.” Shalom Aleichem!