Matthew 5:1–5 (ESV)
1 Seeing the crowds, He went up on the mountain, and when He sat down, His disciples came to Him. 2 And He opened His mouth and taught them, saying: 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. 5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
I looked up the definition of meek in the dictionary and I saw something that I do not remember seeing before. The dictionary I was consulting made a point to list an obsolete definition for the word. Apparently, meek no longer means gentle, and kind. It’s quite remarkable isn’t it, that a word could be stripped of it’s positive meaning to be replaced with more perceivably negative ones such as overly submissive, spiritless, tame, quiet, submissive, and docile? These definitions carry a very different connotation than gentle and kind, right? When you look at the contemporary definition, it makes Jesus’ countercultural statement in the beatitudes even more difficult to grasp. I must admit that my study was incredibly eye opening this week as I was able to dig into the biblical definition of meekness. Man, I cannot wait to share it with you!
As you prepare for Sunday you might find it helpful to look up the words meekness, humble and gentle in a concordance and then consider how these words were used in reference to Jesus himself. Here’s the worship set for Sunday. I can’t wait to worship with you.
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