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Blessed are the meek
By derek
12/15/2006 5:13:08 PM
Matthew 5:5 — Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
I always wondered if there was any difference between "meek" and "humble". When you define:meek on Google you get:

"humble in spirit or manner; suggesting retiring mildness or even cowed submissiveness;very docile; tame obedience"

So the 2 are close, but from this definition, meekness implies an act of obedience and submission to the Father. Meekness is more of a verb I guess, while humility is an adjective that describes the required state of those who are meek. In order to be meek and truly submissive, we must be humble.

So what does inheriting the earth have to do with being meek? Someone who is truly meek is not going to follow the ways of the world, but will follow Christ. In effect, they will eschew the world, abandoning earthly (worldly) habits, pursuits, and pleasures to seek treasures in heaven. And yet, in the end, they will inherit that earth they eschewed in the first place. Because they will be joint heirs with Christ, possessors of all that he has, which happens to include the earth. I think that's what this promise is all about. He's saying, "go ahead, leave the world behind and follow me. In the end all that's here will be yours anyway". Any thoughts?

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