Anatomy of Meekness

Meekness… oy vey! πρᾳότης praotēs prah-ot'-ace, if you say that fast, it almost sounds like practice. It is defined gentleness; by implication humility: – meekness.

Let’s take a look at what God says about meekness.

Numbers 12:3 And the man Moses was very meek, more than any man who was on the face of the earth.

Psalm 22:26 The meek shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek Jehovah shall praise Him; your heart shall live forever.

Psalm 25:9 The meek He will guide in judgment; and the meek He will teach His way.

Psalm 37:9 For evildoers shall be cut off; but those who wait on Jehovah, they shall inherit the earth.

Psalm 37:11 But the meek shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in the overflowing of peace.

Psalm 149:4 For Jehovah takes pleasure in His people; He beautifies the meek with salvation.

Matthew 11:29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, because I am meek and lowly in heart, “and you will find rest to your souls.” Jeremiah 6:16

Meek is defined by God as one who seeks Him and praises Him, who is teachable, who waits on Him, and who delights in the overflowing of peace. These shall inherit the earth. Jesus described Himself as meek and lowly in heart. What a peaceful picture that portrays. No swords of revolt, but gentle in heart and mind reaching out to those who are sick and hurting to heal and restore them.

Even within the Body of Christ there is so much discord and discontent it is astounding how we ignore God’s Word so that we might be Right or Win an argument, how sad that is when our whole purpose here on earth is to bring glory to God, and with the purpose that God’s manifold wisdom be made known to the principalities and powers in the heavenlies (angels including the fallen angels, the chief of whom is Satan). Ephesians 3:8-11. How can that happen when we live with strife and hostility within Christ’s body? That is leaving a wide open door to the Father of Lies whose sole purpose is to steal, kill and destroy.

Christians are the Showbread of the Temple. The word purpose is used in 2 Timothy 1:19. In the Greek it is

prothesis (proth'-es-is) a setting forth, that is, (figuratively) proposal (intention); specifically the show bread (in the Temple) as exposed before God: – purpose, shew [-bread].

Paul is telling his spiritual son that we are called according to His own purpose and not according to our works. Being the showbread is a huge responsibility.

The showbread was changed every seven days. Notably, it was the showbread that David took and fed his men with when he was in flight from Saul. It is what stood between them and starvation. How fascinating.

Meekness is the pliability of the soul toward God’s will and plan. Someone who delights in peace, not given to enmity or stirring up trouble, but does stand on the Truth of God’s word is meek.

We bandy the word meek as if it is a slur against someone’s character so often. “She was a meek wife, in a mousy sort of way.” That kind of description gives the intent of a craven, push-over, speak-only-when-spoken-to kind of woman. Nothing could be further from the truth.

I think it was my friend Stan who described Meek as being something wild that is tamed like a wild stallion which has been gentled to ride. The loyalty of the horse turns from the wild herd to the hand that has gentled him. The stallion has lost none of his spirit, but his main goal has become pleasing his master. This, then, is the picture of Christians whose spirits have been brought to life by the Holy Spirit and whose only desire is to please the Master.

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