Meekness is often looked upon as weakness, cowardly, but true meekness is something altogether different. Let’s look at the Hebrew:
6035עָנָו ʻânâv, aw-nawv’; from H6031; depressed (figuratively), in mind (gentle) or circumstances (needy, especially saintly):—humble, lowly, meek, poor.
<6031>עָנָה ʻânâh, aw-naw’; a primitive root (possibly rather identical with H6030 through the idea of looking down or browbeating); to depress literally or figuratively, transitive or intransitive (in various applications, as follows):—abase self, afflict(-ion, self), answer (by mistake for H6030), chasten self, deal hardly with, defile, exercise, force, gentleness, humble (self), hurt, ravish, sing (by mistake for H6030), speak (by mistake for H6030), submit self, weaken, × in any wise.
Now let’s look at the individual letters and their meaning:
Reading from right to left Hey Nun Ayin
Ayin = 70 completion of time. Meaning: Eye, to See, Understand, Experience or to be Seen. Window of the soul good or bad. Made out of a Zayin and Yod – Word and the Spirit—(The Sword/ the Hand of God or His Spirit)
Nun = 50 Restoration, Jubilee. Meaning: Life or Action
Hey = 5 Grace. Meaning: Revelation, Torah, Behold Give attention to.
Meekness: To See, Understand or Experience by the Word and the Spirit Revelation that one must Give Attention to, leading to Life or Action.
Not sure if this is true, but I heard the story from a minister when I was younger who said that there is a tool called a ‘meek hammer’ used for cutting diamonds. It is extremely powerful but is totally submitted to the control of the operator. Where, if left to it’s own choice of movement the ‘meek hammer’ could shatter a diamond. Instead it is a picture of power under control.
Jesus said, in Matthew 11: 28-29:
28 Come unto me, all ye that labour 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 ye shall find rest unto your souls.
Jesus learned to submit to His Father in everything. He saw and understood what His Father wanted and He was 100% after the will of God rather than His own will. Thus He willingly submitted to God’s word and when He acted, the Power in Him did precise and life giving results.
The same powerful Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead lives in us. May we be willing to be ‘meek hammers’ in the hand of our Lord.