What does it mean to be “MEEK”

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE MEEK?

download (1)Meekness is what results when one’s spiritual knowledge, understanding, and passions are in right balance. A carnal or natural meekness exists, but it is born from a person simply not wanting to become involved, from not understanding what is happening or from a lack of firmness. It is usually timid, conforms readily, and is easily deterred from doing good and persuaded to do evil.

some other interpretation of the word meek;

***An understanding of the root definition of meek in the original language and how it was used will help us in understanding what Jesus meant.

  • Greek word praus
  1. Used to describe a soothing medicine. 
  2. Used by sailors to describe a gentle breeze. 
  3. Used by farmers to describe a broken colt. 

What do all these definitions have in common? They all describe great power under control. 

  • A good working definition of biblical meekness.
  1. Strength under control. 
  2. Some Bible passages that illustrate this definition. 
  • Matthew 11:28, 29 – “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” 
  • Just as Jesus the all-powerful took upon himself the yoke of earthly obedience to His Father, so too does Jesus call on us to take on the yoke of submission to His will. 
  • Ephesians 4:1,2 – “I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, forbearing one another in love;” 

***Meekness means walking according to the precepts of our vocation and controlling our attitudes toward our brothers and sisters in Christ. 

  • Colossians 3:12 – “Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;” 1. A look at the context of this chapter shows that we are to bury the old man (submit to God) and forebear and forgive one another. 

***Thus meekness is curbing the “natural” desires to rebel, fight, have our own way, push ourselves forward, etc. We submit to the Lord in obedience to His will. 

download (2)PEOPLE MISUNDERSTANDING ABOUT MEEKNESS.

  • Many equate Meekness with weakness.
  • Many associate meekness with an attitude of allowing everyone to run over you because you are afraid of them. This is not meekness. In fact, some of the strongest men who have ever lived have been meek.

**Look at a list of some people who the Bible says were meek and see the fallacy of such thought.

  • Moses was a great leader. He stood up to the most powerful leader in the world, Pharaoh Ramses. He led God’s people through the wilderness to the border of the promised land. Numbers 12:3 – “Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.” 
  • Jesus could stand up to the winds and the waves. He also chased the money changers out of the temple twice with a whip made out of chords. Matthew 11:29 – “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” 

SOME OTHER BIBLICAL EXAMPLES OF MEEKNESS ARE AS FOLLOWS;

  • Abraham. 
  1. He was God’s chosen to be the father of the Jewish nation. Through him the Messiah would come. But he was also meek. 
  2. Instead of demanding his own rights, Abraham sought to keep the peace between his herdsmen and Lot’s. download (4)

In Genesis 13:7-9 “And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram’s cattle and the herdmen of Lot’s cattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in the land. And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren. Is not the whole land before thee? separate thyself, I pray thee, from me: if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left.” 

  • David. 
  1. He was God’s chosen to replace King Saul, whom God had rejected because of disobedience. He was a mighty warrior and a great leader. But David was also meek. 
  2. Look at how he mourned the death of Saul, who had sought repeatedly to kill him.

In 2 Samuel 1:11,12 – “Then David took hold on his clothes, and rent them; and likewise all the men that were with him: And they mourned, and wept, and fasted until even, for Saul, and for Jonathan his son, and for the people of the LORD, and for the house of Israel; because they were fallen by the sword.” 

  • Jesus Christ bears reference again. 
  1. This great powerful man who could cast out demons and stand boldly against the religious leaders of his day was also meek. 
  2. Look at his meekness in the Garden of Gethsemane when he knew that he would die on the cross soon.images (2)

Matthew 26:39, 42 – “And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt…He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.”

 

NOTE: Those who are meek (faithful Christians) have an inheritance here in this life. They will be truly satisfied and they will be contented. Whlie the wicked, in their rush to possess, usually miss or overlook the best of this world (Philippians 4:11 – “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content).  And also the meek will also inherit that new heaven and earth heaven. (Romans 8:17 – “And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.” )

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