Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Meekness is often looked upon as weakness, wimpy. But true meekness is something altogether different.
Webster defines Meek as quiet, gentle, patient, long-suffering, peaceful, easily imposed on, submissive.
The translators of the Greek New Testament have similar definitions. But their definitions appear more on the weakness side of things.
Meek : Strong’s Concordance #4235.
Strong’s Definitions: depressed, humiliated (in circumstances or disposition):—base, cast down, humble, of low degree (estate), lowly.
Here are a couple of other NT scriptures with the same Strong’s number.
Matthew 21:5 “Tell the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your King is coming to you, Lowly (MEEK), and sitting on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.’ ”
1 Peter 3:4 KJV Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;
2 While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.
3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;
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 God of great price.
5 For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:
6 Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.
Now, let’s look at Hebrew:
Meek: Strong’s Concordance #6035 – ʿānāv meek, humble, poor, lowly, or very meek.
This too appears to be more on the negative side. But we are about to uncover a new perspective.
Here is the Hebrew spelling:
Reading from right to left: Vav Nun Ayin
Ayin 70= Completion of time. Means: Eye, to See, Understand, Experience, or to be Seen, Window of the soul-good or bad (made of a Zayin and Yod—Word and Spirit)
Nun 50 = Restoration, Holy Spirit, Jubilee. Means: Life or Action
Vav 6 = Man. Means: Nail or Hook, to Secure, Pin together, Connect -Yeshua
A Meek person is someone who sees and understands by the Word and by the Spirit that their life is secured in Yeshua. They live and move by His power alone. He deserves all the credit because there isn’t anything they can do without Him. They are completely yielded to Him and He is completely faithful to them.
I heard the following story from a minister. I am not sure if it is true, but he 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. If the hammer was left to its 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 KJV: 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.
Yeshua 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 produced precise and life-giving results. He only said what He heard Abba say and only did what He saw Abba do.
Meekness toward God is that disposition of spirit. We accept His dealings with us as good, without disputing or resisting. In the OT, the meek are those who rely on God rather than their own strength to defend against injustice.
In 2 Chronicles 20:12—Judah faces multitudes coming to do battle against them. Jehoshaphat cries out to God. “O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.”
Gentleness or meekness is the opposite of self-assertiveness and self-interest. It stems from trust in God’s goodness and control over the situation. The gentle person is not occupied with self at all. This is a work of the Holy Spirit.
Here are several other Old Testament scriptures with the same Strong’s number out of the KJV:
Numbers 12:3 (Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.)
Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
Zephaniah 2:3 Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD’S anger.
And these two from Proverbs:
Proverbs 16:19 Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.
Proverbs 3:34 Surely He scorns the scornful, but gives grace to the humble.
This last scripture from Proverbs 3 sounds like James 4:6 But He gives more grace. Therefore, He says: “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” James was likely hinting back to this Proverb.
In closing let’s see what the Amplified Bible says:
Blessed (happy, blithesome, joyous, spiritually prosperous—with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the meek (the mild, patient, long-suffering), for they shall inherit the earth!
Meekness is not weakness at all. It is a complete trust in God and surrender of our lives to Him to use as He chooses. When we are meek, we are caught up in God’s will 24/7 and the fruits of the Spirit are manifest everywhere we go.
Yeshua says the meek shall inherit the earth. Earth here does not necessarily mean the world. The word earth in scripture is often designated as land or a country with defined boundaries. And in this case, could refer to the earth within the God-ordained borders of Israel. This will be a mystery until we see God’s fulfillment.
While we wait, let’s put on meekness. It fits perfectly for all of us sold-out to Yeshua.