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Friday, January 18, 2019

Matthew 5:5

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Matthew 5:5

This is the third beatitude that Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount. In each one, Jesus declares that the qualities so despised by the world are qualities that He greatly values. The world idealizes the powerful, but Jesus esteems the meek: the humble in heart.

The words Jesus uses do not imply a quid-pro-quo, "You do this and I will give you that." Jesus is not saying "Blessed are those who act meek, because they shall receive the earth." He is saying, "Those who are authentically meek are already heirs and can rejoice for they shall inherit the land."

The kingdom Jesus is describing is one in which land is freely given to the meek and gentle. In contrast to this, the nations of the earth win land by taking it by force, and the most powerful force wins. But Jesus says that the meek have rights of inheritance.

So how do I stand up against this standard? Am I authentically humble? Do I realize and take joy in the fact that everything I have has been given to me by God, and without Him I can do nothing? God is opposed to the proud who take responsibility for what God has done, but gives grace to the humble—and He gives them the earth as their inheritance.

Tom Day



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