For They Will Inherit the Earth

A person who is “meek” is often thought of as being resigned to their circumstances, even weak, but that really isn’t what is being described here. Those who are “meek” are those who understand that they are dependent upon God, and not upon their own strength or even upon the power of armies, for our own strength is a temporary affair, as is the might of an army; all will perish. Yet God’s strength is eternal, and His might never flags or fails. With this in mind, consider who is not meek; the proud, the loud, and the haughty. These are the ones who must always dominate others, who must always have the last word, and who will trample others to get ahead, for they fear losing control: They are not blessed for their own behavior is their curse.

The meek will inherit the earth, just like the descendants of Abraham would inherit the Land. Once again, Matthew has linked an idea relating to Jesus with Israelite history, and this time, he has done so in a way that leads us to an apocalyptic conclusion, for those who place their full faith and trust in God for their provision will not only enjoy relationship with Him now, but will reign with Him upon His return, thus receiving a double blessing of His grace.

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About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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6 Responses to For They Will Inherit the Earth

  1. GP Cox says:

    The meek will inherit the Earth, because if man is incapable of having endless wars – our strong and brave will all be dead.

  2. Matt Brumage says:

    I once tried to prove that the Greek word here “ge”, held the same meaning as the Hebrew word for “land” as in “land of promise”. It didn’t work very well. The Greek word (unlike so many other words they had) was very generic. I was hoping it was more specific, more like the Hebrew word. Then I was shown that the Hebrew word had a lot of latitude as well, and the whole project just collapsed.

    What I did learn though is that the Greek word is supposed to differentiate between earth and sky. That was interesting. That’s so wide, that it makes the inheritance of the meek rather amazing. But then, as the term specifically excludes heaven, is it really such a wonderful inheritance?

    I kind of imagine this beatitude as describing a group of people who watch the contests of the rest of humanity without engaging, from the sidelines, and then are the only ones left when the dust settles. It reminds me of several battles recorded in the Hebrew Scriptures that the Israeli’s experienced when their enemies first defeated themselves, and there was nothing left for the Israeli army to do. Like that. The one in the storm with the disciples while Jesus sleeps in the back of the boat, and instead of panicing they’re smiling and texting a picture of the giant waves to a friend with the caption, “Aren’t they cool?”

    • Don Merritt says:

      I always think of the Lord’s Prayer, about what it actually says: “Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” and that always brings my mind to the point where God removes all evil from the earth and His Kingdom is established in its fullness, not for a time but for all eternity, and I am awestruck by what it means to be a co-heir with Christ.

  3. lptrey says:

    So very true. I am not my own. I was bought with a price by Jesus. Check out my current and upcoming theological and political posts. Follow for follow. Have a great day!

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