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Blessed Are the Meek (3 of 21)
Series: THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT
November 9, 2005
INTRODUCTION: As we pick up our study of the Beatitudes, we have thus far looked the first two: "Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven," then the second one; "Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted," and tonight's lesson: "Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth."
This verse brings to mind Psalm 37:5-11, "Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.  And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.  Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.  Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.  For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.  For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.  But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace."
Now let's turn our attention to the message: first, the blessing and then the compliment or reward.
I. "BLESSED ARE THE MEEK"
A. Who are the meek?
1. The meek are those who have humbled themselves before God--those who have sought and have received forgiveness of sin.
a. This is a problem for many because typically, man is not humble creature--he is, by nature, proud and arrogant--not willing to humble his heart and seek forgiveness. The Psalmist wrote, "The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts" (Psalm 10:4).
1) We all remember the story of the Pharisee and the Publican, how the Pharisee, in his pride, refused to humble himself and repent; while the Publican, on t ...
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