by Daniel Rodgers

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Blessed Are the Meek (3 of 8)
Series: The Sermon on the Mount
Dan Rodgers
Matthew 5:1-12
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. [6] And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. [7] 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. [8] Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. [9] For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth. [10] For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be. [11] 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.


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 th ...

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