Meekness is Weakness, Isn’t It?

“Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.                                                                                                                         (Numbers 12:3)

“Take [M]y yoke upon you, and learn of [M]e; for I Am meek and lowly in spirit.                                                                                                                                                        (Matt.11:29)

 

Meekness is associated with weakness. Meekness is associated with weakness by those who do not understand it; by those who show off their authority and or personal strength; by those who believe intimidation is the means to get one’s way.

Meekness is not weakness.  

One who is fearless cannot be brave or courageous; likewise one who is powerless cannot be meek. In other words ….only one with fear can be brave and courageous and only one with power and authority can be meek.

What meekness is to the Christ and His people is what Bruce Wayne is to Bat Man. Likewise; What the prayer closet is to the Christ-ian is what the phone booth is to Super Man.

Meekness presupposes power, strength, and authority.

There have been a number of times when this writer has been “challenged”, both actively and passively by men in public places. By actively we mean a drunk man outwardly challenged us with words and physical language. We could have easily put this man down but we chose not to. Instead we made him look foolish. By passively we mean a man standing in our way of passage and refuseing to move. The choice is to go around or to go through. Weakness dictates go through but meekness requires going around slowly while looking the boy-man dead in his eyes.

 What does meekness look like?

Meekness is the 135 lb. “The Cobra” beating a larger 2–lb. Pittman at Pride championship. *Meekness is the humble preacher George Foreman winning the world Boxing title. *Meekness looks like a quiet, reserved young man becoming the enforcer on his soccer team and returning to his quiet reserved self off the soccer field. *Meekness is a preacher submitting others on the jiu jitsu mat.  *Meekness looks like turning the other cheek when one is struck on the opposite cheek. *Meekness looks like blessing those that curse you. *Meekness looks like doing good to those that hate you. *Meekness looks like praying for them that despitefully use you. *Meekness looks like committing all things to God Who judgeth righteously. *Meekness is the Almighty One going to Calvary to pay for the sins of His chosen people. *Meekness is staying on the cross…your cross and my cross when He could call legions of angels to descend and massacre all enemies of Christ.

Who was called meek in Scripture or demonstrates meekness in the Scriptures?

Moses in Numbers 12:3; David in 2 Samuel 16:11;  Jeremiah in Jeremiah:26:14; Stephen in Acts 7:60; Paul in 2 Timothy 4:16.

Christ is the Epitome of Meekness

Christ commands His people in Matthew 11:29 to, “Take My yoke upon you,and learn of [M]e; for I [AM] meek and lowly in spirit.”

Elsewhere in Scripture it is said of Christ;                                                                                                 Isaiah said in the 53 chapter of his prophecy, “He was oppressed and [H]e was afflicted, yet [H]e opened not [H]is [M]outh: ]H]e is brought as a sheep before her shearers is dumb so [H]e openeth not  [H]is [M]outh.

Paul demonstrates the seriousness of his statement by …”beseech[ing] you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ…” 2 Corinthians 10:1

Peter sets Christ as our example of meekness when he writes [Christ] Who when [H]e was reviled, reviled not again: when [H]e suffered, [H]e threatened not:but committed [H]imself to [H]im that judgeth righteously. (1 Peter 2:23)

How will the meek inherit the earth? The meek shall inherit the earth when Christ descends and removes the robes of meekness from His chosen soldiers.

The doctrine of meekness gives comfort and confirmation to those who hold back their power, strength and authority from being employed against another.

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