Matthew 5:5 Meekness

Jesus said, “Blessed are he meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Meekness comes from the Greek word Praus, which can also be translated as humble. Praus implies a calm and quiet composure while confronting this evil world. Contrary to popular belief, this does NOT imply any kind of weakness. Probably the best interpretation of this word that I have heard is referring to meekness as strength under control.

Contemporary society likes to paint Jesus as some kind of weak peacenik but nothing could be further from the truth. When Jesus drove the money changers and sellers of sacrificial items from the temple with a whip, he was certainly not being weak or some kind of peacenik in that passage (John 2:13-16). If he had been weak, the temple guards would have been able to simply take the whip away from him and escort him out and hand him over to the soldiers. They were unable to stop him. If Jesus had been rash and harsh, then he could have called fire down from heaven and reduced those people to ashes. Jesus operated in a meek humble fashion in total subjection to his father above with a heart of love that wanted only the best for his special creation. Being subjected to a corrupt religious order was not what God had desired.

The meaning that Jesus conveyed in this passage is actually very powerful once we understand what he was thinking. Jesus wants us to be just like him in this world. We are to be strong in the Lord and very powerful through the infilling of the Holy Spirit. However, we are to be meek, humble, and in subjection to our Heavenly Father in all things. Though we are sons and daughters of the Living God, we are to have the hearts of servants living within us. Those who allow the Holy Spirit to remake them into the image of the Son of God, will in the end, inherit the earth. The proud and the wicked will be removed from the earth, no place will be found for them in God’s new creation.

We must allow the Holy Spirit of God to change us into His image, strong and mighty, but with our strength under His control!

Poor in Spirit

Matthew 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

As Jesus began to teach the ways of the New Covenant that would begin with His death and resurrection, he taught with authority those who were with Him on the mount. Who are the poor in spirit that Jesus spoke of?

Being poor in spirit has nothing to do with how much wealth we do or do not have in the natural world in which we live. It is the recognition that we have nothing to offer God in the realm of the Spirit. It is the admitting that we are poor and needy people when it comes to the things of God. It is the recognition that apart from Christ, we can do nothing. To be poor in spirit is to be humbled, lowly in our own estimation of ourselves, the taking upon ourselves the role of a servant and following in the footsteps of our master who though he was God, took upon Himself the heart of a servant and washed the disciples feet as a lesson them as to how they were to view themselves. Jesus said, “but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant.”

Today’s prayer: Lord help me to look upon myself as a lowly servant, to be humbled before you and walk in a way that pleases you. Help me to serve those that I come in contact with today to show them who YOU are that in someway, they will see you in me.