Blessed are the Meek


 

for they will inherit the earth. (Matthew 5:5)

A View of the Sea of Galilee from atop the Mount of Beatitudes

A View of the Sea of Galilee from atop the Mount of Beatitudes

Thousands gathered near the shore of Galilee and then up the mountain to hear Jesus of Nazareth speak the Beatitudes.

Question. Why does Jesus include the meekest among us for blessings? Why not achievers, perfectionists, geniuses, phenomes?

Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to save them on the day of the LORD’s wrath. In the fire of his jealousy the whole world will be consumed, for he will make a sudden end of all who live in the earth. (Zephaniah 1:18)

“Meekness,” says columnist Ed Morrissey, “is not weakness; it is the answer to sinful pride and avarice.” The meek, mourn their own sinfulness; they see the poor among us—the materially poor and those ignorant of the Lord. The meek know the Lord is with them through persecution and ridicule. The meek no longer fear loss of status or damage to pride.

He concludes, “We do not live in meek times, but then again, neither did the people of Jesus’ time.” Through meekness as our guiding principle, we shine the light of the Lord a little brighter. We can receive Christ’s blessings, and be Christ’s blessings in a fallen world.