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The Power of Meekness (3 of 8)
Series: THE "BEATTITUDES"
Matthew 5:5; 11:29-30; 21:5; Numbers 12:1-18
There have always been those who have attempted to conquer the earth. We have seen the likes of the Pharaohs of Egypt, Alexander the Great, Ghangis Khan, Napoleon Bonaparte, the Caesar's of Rome, Adolph Hitler, etc. All these have failed!
Each one of these men who almost did it shared one thing in common; though they controlled huge armies and had great power they did not have rule over their own spirit! In the end, their kingdoms were lost and they were ruined!
And now we read Jesus' words here in this beatitude: "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth." This is not the quality most people associate with conquering the world!
Part of the problem is our concept of "meekness." What we usually associate with meekness is not what the Bible teaches as "meekness."
"Meekness" is a word in Greek that means, "the wild horse that has become obedient to the bit and bridle." It literally is strength under control! It is anything but whimpishness and passivism!
PROP. SENT: The Bible teaches us that it is the "meek" that will inherit the earth, and the "meek" are those who are strong in ruling their own spirit, under God's control.
I. PROPERTIES OF MEEKNESS Matt. 5:5a; 11:29-30; 21:5
A. Spirit of Contentment 5:5a; 11:29-30
1. Like the other beatitudes this one also says that those who are meek are "blessed" or "happy."
a. Contentment is the expression of happiness.
b. The meek are not restless with the need of finding something to satisfy them more than what they already have.
c. The meek find happiness in the knowledge that they are under control, God's control.
THE STORY IS TOLD ABOUT A RICH INDUSTRIALIST WHO NOTICED ONE DAY A FISHERMAN THAT WAS SITTING LAZILY BESIDE HIS BOAT. THE RICH MAN ASKED, "WHY AREN'T YOU OUT THERE FISHING?" THE FISHERMAN RESPONDED, ...
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