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297. Meek shall inherit the earth.

"Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth." - (Matthew 5:5) To be meek means to be quiet, gentle, and submissive. Its definitely not a demeanor (outward behaviour or bearing ) that the world would like to imitate because its a sign of weakness but its a virtue worth attaining in the kingdom of God! Meekness is not weakness but rather strength of character! Through the beatitudes (attitudes to be), Jesus stated the obvious opposites of this world, as virtues of the kingdom of God! It should amaze us how diagonally opposite to the world are the values of the kingdom of God! That's why the word of God exhorts us saying : 'Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by renewing of your mind.' - (Romans 12:2)

However, there is yet another aspect of meekness, other than being quite, gentle and submissive; and that is to be teachable - to be quiet when taught the truth instead of objecting and to submit to the truth instead of revolting! It takes meekness to obey the truth! Those who are not meek, cannot be discipled because they cannot be taught the truth! The Latin word for Disciple is Discere which means to learn, hear, get to know, become acquainted with. Unless we are meek enough to learn, to hear, to get knowledgeable, we cannot be discipled! This is why Jesus emphasized that the disciples be taught to obey everything: "Go and make disciples of all nations ... teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you." - (Matthew 28:19-20) Why? God has destined the meek to inherit the earth because only they can be taught to enforce by faith and maintain by their confession the authority of Christ delegated to them. To the disciples, who are meek enough to be taught, Jesus said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples ..."

Are we meek enough to be taught? If not, we are not fit to make disciples out of others! Only those who can be taught can teach others in turn. Jesus himself was meek enough to be taught by his Father. "I do nothing in my own but speak just what my Father has taught me." - (John 8:28) Therefore he in turn could say to his followers, "Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls." - (Matthew 11:29) The wicked think that they can inherit the earth by force but they will be cast out into hell and God will entrust the earth to the meek; to those who are humble enough to be taught how to possess the earth! Abraham was meek enough to be taught by God to believe and thus became the heir of the world. 'Through the righteousness that comes by faith, Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world.' - (Romans 4:13) And in turn he was commanded to teach his children after him. "For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just, so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised. Abraham will surely become a great nation and all the nations on earth will be blessed through him." - (Genesis 18:18-19) Amen.

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