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May 9, 2021 8:00 am
Someone once said that meekness makes a man bow low before God in order that he can stand high before men. Most people's concept of meekness. However, pictures an entirely different image welcome to the Bible study on the radio and Internet broadcast with Dr. James Boyce preparing you to think and act biblically, meekness is often associated with weakness, but that wasn't Jesus definition when he listed it as a desired quality for the Christian to him.
Meekness is a characteristic that brings great blessing joined Dr. Boyce as he explores Christ's third beatitude and then misunderstood quality of meekness some time ago I heard of a person who'd been converted to Christianity because he said he needed an easy religion. I was amused by the incongruity of his statement and easy religion. If you wanted an easy religion.
He shouldn't of chosen history entity is was he with a little bit like a bartender at a Methodist Sunday school picnic or comedian at the funeral. It simply come to the wrong place. The studies in the sermon on the mount that we've had in preceding weeks should already have made this fact clear, Christ's statements are intended to teach, among other things, that the kind of life he requires is actually impossible for man, and it remains impossible implement first come to Christ, acknowledging that they cannot live it, asking him to live it in them. The poor in spirit are blessed about the proud in the comfort Christ promises for those who first mourn for their sin and for the sin of others. This point however, Jesus makes his description of the happy life even more difficult because under show that the way of blessing is also through meekness. He says blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth. According Jesus.
It's the meek of the haughty forward arrogant door. The aggressive God blesses this third beatitude must've been received in shocked silence by Christ listeners, but they couldn't of been much different from the people we know today most men and women. The Association of an earthly inheritance with weakness seems incredible world associates happiness with worldly possessions and means that the way to gain them is through ability, strength, hard work, self-assurance, and at times even through self assertion and conquest the Jews of Christ's day sought happiness through materialistic gun day, a militaristic kingdom. Christ statement would have been a shock to them, we seek it through Holmes and their content success in the praise of men for power and the stature it confers us. It's a shock to us. Also gives all of these outlooks on life. These ambitions, Jesus teaches that meekness must be a characteristic of those who were to share his kingdom. Moreover, the other biblical writers say this also. James writes that meekness is to characterize our initial response to God's truth. Wherefore, he says, put away all filthiness and overflowing of wickedness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. Peter says that Christians are to witness to others in a spirit of meekness but sanctify the Lord God in your hearts and be ready always to give an answer to every man that ask if you are reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear Paulus meekness is one of the fruits of the spirit of the fruit of the spirit. He says his love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, self-control.
Several times Paul speaks of meekness is the spirit of mind in which he dealt with problems in the early Christian congregations in Colossians he writes put on therefore is the elect of God, holy and beloved, tender mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, and long-suffering. Taken together, these verses teach that meekness is the characteristic by which God promises to bring blessing in the lives of Christians through them to others and that it is not a natural characteristic in man is the result of the supernatural working of God's spirit we are never going to get very far in understanding Christ's statements until we realize that in the Bible.
Meekness does not mean what most people think it means does not mean spiritless nests does not mean weakness or indolence or cowardice. None of these things actually it's compatible with high spirits.
Courage great strength.
The first clue to the biblical meaning of meekness lies in the discovery that the word translates was one of the great words in Greek ethics word is loose and it's defined with great care and Aristotle's work on ethics, Aristotle, the virtues of life are always defined as the mean between an excess of the virtue on one hand and the deficiency of it. On the other. For instance, courage is a virtue because it's the mean between cowardice, which is a deficiency of courage and foolhardy actions which result from too much generosity is the mean between a profligate waste of one's resources and stinginess. Aristotle meekness was also a virtue because it was the mean between excessive anger and the inability to show anger at all. Aristotle describes meek the man was angry on the right occasions and with the right people and at the right moment, and for the right length of time on the basis of this definition, it would be possible to translate the beatitude fairly is Berkeley. Doesn't his excellent commentary on Matthew. Blessed is the man who is always angry at the right time and never angry at the wrong time.
We look to the example of Jesus Christ for insight into such a controlled and righteous anger.
Berkeley adds we ask what the right time and the wrong time or we may see as a general rule for life that it is never right to be angry for any insult or injury done to ourselves.
That is something that no Christian must ever resent that it is often right to be angry at injuries done to other people.
Selfish anger is always a sin, selfless anger can be one of the great moral dynamics of the world must Aristotle provides part of the picture. A second sense of the word comes from the fact that Rose was also used of animals to designate those that had been domesticated. These were animals would learn to accept control by their masters and were therefore properly behaved by extension, the word was then used of persons who also knew how to behave in the word came to refer to those who were of the upper classes because they were well mannered balance store polite.
This sense of the word meek is far better preserved in English by the related word gentle from which we get our compounds gentle folk gentlewoman and gentlemen, gentleness is a soft and loving behavior.
The opposite of awkwardness or rudeness in this sense the Christian is also to be meek he is to be loving, well mannered, polite, balanced and well behaved he is to be God's gentlemen final sense of the word meek comes from the fact that in biblical language. The word is most often used to indicate a subservient end trusting attitude before God. This makes meekness. Generally, a vertical virtue rather than a horizontal one is the characteristic that makes man howled low before God in order that he may spend holiday before other men makes him bold because he knows that his life is been touched by God and that he comes as God's messenger.
I believe that this was the primary sense in which Christ used the word meek in this beatitude I base my belief on the fact that the beatitude itself is quoted from a context in which that thought is prominent. I know someone will say what I thought Jesus originated the Beatitudes that he made them up. Well, it's true that he did make most of them up, but not this one. This beatitude actually comes from the 37th Psalm comes at the end of a long list of commands that encourage a person to places trust in God's almost writes this trust in the Lord and do good social thought dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
Delight thyself also in the Lord and he shall give thee the desires of my heart. Commit byway under the Lord, trust also in him and he shall bring it to pass bring forth by righteousness is the light and like justice as the noonday rest in the Lord and wait patiently for him.
Fret not thyself because of him who prosper in his way.
The psalmist encloses the section by saying forget a little while and the wicked shall not be a thou shalt allegedly consider his place, send it shall not be but the meek shall inherit the earth shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace, who then are the meek, according to the 37th Psalm.
They are those who trust in the Lord who delight themselves in the Lord to commit their way under the Lord who rest in the Lord is. These were happy.
According to Jesus Christ and his these who shall inherit the earth. All of this is illustrated in a remarkable story from the book of numbers in the Old Testament. Chapter 12 I turned to it deliberately because one sentence embedded in the midst of the story tells us that the main character was in God's sight. The meekest man who ever lived. The man was Moses sentence says this man Moses was very meek about all the men were upon the face of the earth. L. The story is about a rebellion against Moses led by Miriam's sister and Aaron his brother who was also the first high priest of Israel.
This is the story when you fled from Egypt. 40 years before God used him as the deliverer of his people. Moses had gone to Midian, where he had settled and married Ziff her other daughter of Ray. Well, priest of Midian. Sephora was of the same stock as the other Israelites and had born children to Moses if you died by the time of the story recounted in the 12th chapter of numbers and Moses was marrying another wife.
This new wife was a Cushite name given to the inhabitants of ancient Ethiopia. The point of the story lies in the fact that the Cushite was partially if not entirely black. She was not a Semite. Those who were closest to Moses's sister and brother felt the stock of Israel was being dirtied by the mixed marriage.
I noticed in preparing this study did not all of the commentators on numbers are willing to accept this aspect of the story. In fact, most of them simply ignore the girls racial characteristics we have every reason for believing that this was the case that the rebellion was based purely on racial prejudice.
Some conservative commentators would dismiss this view in the ground that the people of Israel were later forbidden to marry among the Canaanites who inhabited the land of Canaan before the conquest under Joshua. But this was later and it was based on the debased religion, and sexual malpractices that characterize the people of the land.
This time there were no such injunctions. Joseph married an Egyptian girl seen as the daughter of an Egyptian priest and many persons of other oppressed nations had left Egypt with Israel at the Exodus and presumably were incorporated into the newly emerging nation. It was one of these that Moses married was against her racial characteristics and skin color that Miriam and Aaron rebelled. The Bible says Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married.
Married woman of cushion. They said the Lord indeed spoken only by Moses that he not spoken also by us in the Lord heard it know if there is still doubts about this interpretation of the story. These should be dispelled by the SQL for God gave up punishment to Miriam, the instigator that was frighteningly appropriate to her prejudice.
The Lord spoke suddenly on the Moses and Aron Miriam come out G3 under the tabernacle of the congregation. And they three came out. Lord came down to cloud and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam.
They both came forth. He said here now my words there be a prophet among you I the Lord will make myself known to him in a vision will speak unto him in a dream I servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all my house with him. I speak mouth to mouth, even plainly and not in dark speeches. Wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses the anger of the Lord was kindled against them. We read and he departed the cloud departed from off the tabernacle in the whole Miriam became leprous white as snow lets the biblical account. In other words, God said to Miriam, your brown girl is black and you think white is better all right have more of it. He became a leper is gone. Use this little incident teach that there was to be no purely racial prejudice in Israel. And of course must be no such prejudice among God's people today we come to the end of the story and we find that Moses prayed for Miriam so she was healed. We ask what was the conduct of Moses through the incident was the conduct of the man whom God says was the meekest man upon the face of the earth. Did he fight back. Did he seek to defend himself against his accusers, not at all.
Moses submitted himself to God that was his meekness. He borrowed long before God. Thus was vindicated in his response, he became a forerunner in conduct of Jesus Christ who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth who, when he was reviled, reviled not again when he suffered, he threatened not but committed himself to him that judges righteously meekness of this sort will take off his shoes before the burning bush will obey God by walking up to the mightiest ruler of the day and demanding, thus saith the Lord God of Israel. Let my people go on the second beatitude goes on to teach that the meek shall inherit the earth. What does this mean well, it's not a promise that the children of God will own oil wells or blocks of downtown Manhattan North Orchards in Southern California. It's a promise for the future. Yet it's not entirely for the future either is a sense in which the meek shall inherit the earth. Now the meek man is the man who is satisfied is therefore contempt. Paul was such a man, he possessed very little buddy spoke of himself as having nothing, and yet possessing all things, wrote to the contentious Corinthian's, therefore no man glory in men, all things are yours whether Paul or Poulos or Cephas or the world or life or death, or things present, or things to come. All are yours.
Your Christ's Christ's is God's.
With such a spirit I can cross the Alps gaze upon the Bay of Naples, visit a museum across the wide expanses of the American continent attend a concert. Listen to the teaching the Bible or do anything else like and know that these things are mine is much as they are anyone's.
I can thank God for the people who maintain them for me. Now the same time I can know that Christ's promise has a future reference. Also, for falls in line with Paul's reminder that the saints shall judge the world usual judge the world of your Christian for your guards.
Aaron, a joint heir with Jesus Christ. Although there may be sorrow now may be suffering but if we suffer now. We shall reign with him.
Then when Jesus Christ returns we the children of God.
Paul writes of children and heirs. Heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, so be that we suffer with him, we may be also glorified together for I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
No wonder Christ promised happiness to the meek value may be saying Dr. boys all that is wonderful but for me it's in the area of fantasy. It's a beautiful thought, but it's not possible. I'm not meek and I'll never become meek by any amount of effort.
The answer is of course it is impossible by your own efforts. This character is not in man, but it can be created in a man by Jesus. What did he say he said coming to me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me for I am meek and lowly in heart, and you shall find rest unto your souls. Will you come. Jesus can do what you think impossible deacon teach you meekness and you will indeed find rest for your soul. Now our father, we thank you for this aspect of the teaching of Jesus Christ, we thank you for his meekness.
We ask that you help us more and more to be like him. We pray in Jesus name, amen. Your listing to the Bible study hours between the teaching of Dr. James boys that beatitudes are well known, but often misunderstood. Are they a recipe for blessing what was Christ's purpose in giving the Beatitudes and how are they to be interpreted.
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Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled. The solution is of a man will hunger and thirst after righteousness. If he will hunger and thirst after righteousness God will fill him with righteousness he will declare him righteous.
He will be justified before God and he will embark upon the blessed and defective life outlined in the remainder of Christ's sermon this first touch your heart is an expression of all that is most precious in the Christian gospel Dr. Martin Lloyd Jones writes of this verse. This beatitude again follows logically from the previous ones, the statement which all the others lead its logical conclusion which they come.
Something for which we should all be profoundly thankful and grateful to God, you know, hunger and thirst are unpleasant realities for large sectors of the human race by the need for food and water is essential physical hunger and thirst are only a pale reflection of a far more serious deprivation that affects us all. Join Dr. James boys as he outlines a hunger satisfied by only one source that's next time one Bible study our bearing you to think and act biblically