Experiencing The Beatitudes Part 2
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5
Normally we do two a session. First cycle was to be meekness and the next one was to be Hungering and Thirsting for Righteousness. But somewhere in the middle of the second worship cycle, Stephanie leaned over to her talkback mic and told me, “Tim, I’m really feeling that we should stick to the meekness of Christ, but we can go to hungering and thirsting.” at that time I hadn’t downloaded much on hungering and thirsting. I had alot of information but not enough revelation to justify meditating on it for two hours. But, but I really felt the meekness of Christ would be awesome and it was. We meditated on Isaiah 53 on how like a lamb before his shearers and killers is silent, Christ never opened his mouth. He was silent.
The meek are those who are in control of themselves. They don’t seek their way and they don’t seek their own. They may get angry but they can control their temper. Now, think of someone who can’t control their temper. They fly into a rage when things don’t go their way and they wouldn’t think of relating to someone in a worse condition. But Christ, being the highest of the high became the lowest of the low. Foxes had dens but the Son of Man had no place to lay his head (Matt 8:20).
Now think of what could have happened. He could have said one word and the entire world would have been royally screwed. I mean he did say that he did have twelve legions of angels at his command (Matt 26:53). He had some serious power in his corner. But why did he go through it? Because his love made him meek. Why didn’t he come down off the cross when the Pharisees and the people he created and came to save mocked him? Who could have done that having the power that Christ had? He had more than physical powers of healing and blessing, he had something beyond the knowledge of man. He was so meek. It is so beyond me that he expects me to possess that same meekness in my mortal body!
Now look at the second part. The meek shall inherit the earth. Psalm 37:11 says that the meek shall inherit the earth. Jesus is only quoting the Psalmist when he says the third beatitude. But, how true that rings. Because he endured the sufferings of the Cross to inherit the earth at the end of the age. “Ask of me and I shall give you the nations as your inheritance” says Psalm 2. The Lord has granted the whole earth, the nations of the earth to his son for his inheritance because of his meekness, the same he offers to us in the beatitude when he says the MEEK SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH. We have this awesome opportunity to rule and reign with Christ in the age to come. The condition is here… and I kinda like it.
Come to think of it, letting the other guy win the argument would not be a bad thing after all. Think of the eternal benefits of doing so. If I truly knew that, I would never waste another opportunity to “let the other guy win”.