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The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth

When the Lord Jesus Christ said to His disciples on the mountain, Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. (Matt.5:5), He was not uttering a new revelation but quoting from a Psalm of David:

For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth. For yet a little while, and the wicked shallnotbe: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shallnot be. But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace... The LORD knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever... For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off... The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever. (Psa.37:9-11,18,22,29)

Thus was King David re-iterating the promises to Abraham - that he and his offspring would inherit the land of Israel for ever and that, through one particular offspring, all the nations of the earth would be blessed. That this heavenly kingdom would defeat and replace all the nations on earth is made clear in Daniel's interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar's dream:

And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. (Dan.2:44)

It is the same hope which sustained Paul throughout his ministry (Acts 28:20). Like all the faithful, he looked forward to the time when Christ The King (who is to rule from the throne of His Father David - Lu.1:32) would declare: Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world ... (Matt.25:34)

The dictionary definition of the adjective 'meek' is: mild and gentle of temper, submissive, which accords with the scriptural use of the word wherever it occurs. Meekness does not come easy to man's independent and rebellious nature, but it is clearly a prerequisite to the avoidance of the fate of the wicked.

Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD'S anger. (Zeph.2:3)

Mercifully, God has sent His Son to prepare the way for those who are prepared to follow His teaching and example.

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Matt.11:28-30)

He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. (Rev.22:20)

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