God’s Upside-down Kingdom - Step 3
“Blessed are the meek” Matt 5:5
By now, you see a pattern emerging – Jesus is totally confused about what makes people happy. If we are going to believe Him the worse off we are, the happier we should be. If I realize that I am worthless, and that I have offended God at every turn in my miserable life – this is a sure source of happiness for me! God’s kingdom is truly upside-down, and we need to get this if we are ever going to be right side up.
“Meek” will need some explanation. Who are the meek? When (or should I say IF) you hear the word “meek” today it is most likely either an insult, or a low estimation. When I think of a winner, a go-getter, a “get ‘er done” kind of person, I do not think meek. Meek is more likely to conjure up the doormat. You want to come in here – sure thing – just wipe your feet on me, and in you go. Not exactly the stuff legends are made of.
Most of the more recent translations use words like humble or gentle here, and that is not a bad thing, but I think there is a little more to it than might be conveyed with any of these terms. So rather than living with terms that either confuse us, or point us in the wrong direction, I thought I would point us to a couple of guys the Bible describes as meek (or gentle or humble.)
There are 2 men in the scriptures who are specifically described using this word, one in the Old Testament (actually using the Hebrew from which Jesus is quoting) and one in the New.
Meek Man #1 – Moses
I love this because off all the guys you could pick as a meek man, Moses? This is the guy who goes before Pharaoh and demands freedom for hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of slaves. This is the man who killed an Egyptian for abusing one of his countrymen. This is the man who somehow convinced the same hundreds of thousands of men to commit to circumcision as adults. This is the man who led those multitudes right up to the shores of the Jordan River. In Numbers 12:2 we read that Moses was the meekest man that ever lived! I need a new definition for meek.
Meek Man #2 - Jesus
Jesus tells us of himself in Matthew 11:29, “I am meek and lowly in heart.” So here is another man among men. Jesus wrecked the status quo at every turn. The religious men hated Him and He would go head to head with them at every turn. He protected the broken and lifted those who were crushed. When I look at the man Jesus, I do not think meek - definitely no doormat here. I really need a new definition for meek.
I believe the key to this character trait is directional. Both Moses and Jesus clearly live with a humility toward the Father. They may stand in fear of no man, but they walk in submission to the voice of God. Moses leaves the known universe of his life on the back of the desert and to take on a roll that would seem crazy to anyone else.
Jesus said of Himself over and over. “My meat is to do the will of Him that sent me.” (John 4:34) “For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.” (John 6:38) “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.” (John 5:19) “For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.” (John 12:49) Jesus only did the will of the Father, and taught us to pray this same thing. “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10)
There it is. This meekness we are called to is not doormat status, but rather radical complete submission to the will and voice of our Father. [Tweet This] This is the way to a truly blessed life, a life filled with satisfaction in God’s favor regardless of the outward situation.
Let me know what you think. Come back tomorrow to get a look at promise that comes with this one. It will blow your mind.
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