The Beatitudes - Part Three
Updated: Feb 28
Welcome to this weeks blog, where we are going to be exploring the third part of our Beatitudes series.
First of all, apologies that this weeks blog is late, I’ve had a very poorly one year old to contend with so it’s been a testing week in our house, your prayers would be very much appreciated. So, let’s get into it!
Matthew 5:5 NIV
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
As always, I’m going to start by looking at some of the words in this verse in the language that they were originally written. The word used in the original Greek is the word ‘praus’ - which can’t actually be translated into one word in English, meaning that the true meaning of the word is compromised in translation. So, what does the word actually mean? The root of the word praus actually encompasses the concept of having a proper balance between anger and indifference and having a powerful personality that is coupled with humility.
The intent behind the use of the word meek here was actually in the context of having strength that is under control.
“The meek, who can be angry, but restrain their wrath in obedience to the will of God, and will not be angry unless they can be angry and not sin, nor will be easily provoked by others.” - Poole
So now we understand the idea behind the word meek, and the way in which is was being used, we can move on to the final section of this verse; for they will inherit the earth.
This is another promise or form of affirmation that God is making here. In our society and culture, to be meek is to be viewed as weak. The concept of being meek is often associated with someone who is a pushover, someone who will not achieve much and in turn not receive much. This promise tells us the complete opposite. Here in this verse, God is promising that if we are meek He will provide for us and we will inherit his kingdom on earth.
Here are a few questions for us to consider this week when thinking about this verse:
Am I willing to be meek?
Do I react meekly?
Do I trust that God will provide if I am faithful to Him?
I pray that we might all put aside our preconceptions, feelings and instincts and pursue a life that is meek in nature, that we might be willing to operate under God's blessing and put his plans before our own with a humble heart.
Have a great week!