In this sermon, Youth Director Mike Bittenbender preaches on the third beatitude: Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Here are some excerpts:
This morning as I mentioned we will be taking a look at the third beatitude, “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” To begin with, I want to define what meekness is because I believe a lot of people get this wrong. I believe this because when I google-searched “meekness” all of the results were regarding “meekness” not being “weakness.” This led me to believe that many people for a while have believed that meekness is synonymous with weakness. The dictionary.com definition gives us “humbly patient or docile, as under provocation from others.” Some synonyms are demure, humble, unassuming and unpretentious. John Stott identifies meek as “gentle, humble, considerate and courteous.”
Rev. Graham Smith identifies meekness as “strength under control.” Meekness is not the same thing as weakness. I hope for this sake alone that meekness ceases to be equated with weakness in that there are only two people in the Bible that are called ”meek”– Moses and Jesus…
So who are the meek? Spurgeon identifies them as, “Those who are submissive to God’s will, those who are flexible to God’s word, those who are humble, gentle, patient, forgiving and contented.” We see how Jesus was submissive to His Father’s will. It is the proud man that questions his Maker and asks, “Why have you made me” as mentioned in Romans 9:20. It is the grace-filled person who responds that they are content with whatever God may will for their life. Those who are flexible to God’s word seek to learn from God’s word.
The idea here is the difference between exegesis and eisegesis. The idea of take-out of Scriptures, truths about God and truths for our lives. The opposite is what is to be avoided. The idea of coming up with our own truths and then searching for verses to prove our point. We do not put into Scripture our own ideas about what we think it should say, being flexible in our approach to God’s word. We pray, “Lord, reveal your truth to me today at this reading.”