THE REWARD OF KIND-HEARTED NEPHEWS


Matthew 5:
5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. 

How many movies and books have been written where a family gathers with an executor to hear the reading of the will?  Each of the descendants sit forward waiting to hear their name called and inheritance described.  To the surprise of the greedy and anxious cut-throats, the estate gets willed to a kind-hearted nephew who was valued just for being a nice guy.  He lacked the social prominence and worldly wit of the other family members.  He lived in obscurity and without privilege.

God is looking for kind-hearted gentlemen and women who are not asserting and demanding their rights.  The meek person is one ‘who is kind and considerate to others, even to those who oppose him, who is easily approachable, not prideful or resentful, not temperamental or harsh.’[i]

Think of Jesus’ audience on the hillside.  The three major cultures influencing their lives were Jewish, Roman and Greek.  Jews were proud of their race and believed they were morally superior to all others.  Romans were proud of their power and stronger than everyone.  Greeks were proud of their knowledge and smarter than the others.  There were so many people trying to be holier, stronger and smarter than everyone else.

Meekness was not part of anyone’s culture.  Everyone was taught to assert their rights on the basis of their pedigree.  What was the better attitude of God’s Kingdom?

Jesus used the Greek word praeis when he described the meek.

The image most closely associated with "meek" and its meaning is that of the horse.  The Greek historian Xenophon used the very same word Jesus used to describe a horse broken to saddle, so that it is under control.

A horse is a powerful animal.  It is a symbol of strength in the Greek world.  Wild and untamed the horse is a useless animal.  It cannot be used for any of the tasks man has for it.  However, if the horse is broken it can be used for all kinds of tasks for which it was created.  It can be tamed and then taught.  A tamed horse is a picture of power under control.
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In the Kingdom of God there is great happiness for those who learn to obey; submitting their primal assertiveness to God’s control.  These meek souls are rewarded at the reading of the will.  They inherit the unattainable earth that others grasp and manipulate for.

They are satisfied knowing that the Father is keenly aware when they get bumped and jostled to the end of the line.  They have found the contentment that things are still okay when they do not appear to be.



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