The Beatitudes Lesson 07
1. We are presently studying "the Beatitudes" that Jesus presented at the beginning of His Sermon on
the Mount (Matthew 5:3-12).
2. In the Beatitudes,:
a. Jesus revealed some special blessings that are available to His followers
b. Jesus gave His requirements for receiving these blessings.
3. In this lesson we are concentrating on the 3rd Beatitude -- "Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit
the earth" (Matthew 5:5).
I. LET US FIRST IDENTIFY "THE MEEK"
A. "The meek" are those who possess a mild and gentle spirit.
1. A meek person is gentle, humble, considerate, and courteous.
2. Opposite characteristics include arrogance, pride, and haughtiness.
a. The arrogant and the proud struggle to get things by their own strength.
b. The meek trust in God to provide their needs.
3. A meek person does not assert himself or insist on having his own way.
1. is not "weakness"
2. may be described as "strength under control."
C. Strong leaders of God's people known for their meekness include:
1. Moses (Numbers 12:1-3)
2. Jesus (Matthew 11:28-30; 21:1-5).
II. MEEKNESS IS A REQUIREMENT OF GOD'S PEOPLE
A. We must develop meekness (Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 4:1-3; Colossians 3:12-13).
B. Meekness must be shown:
1. toward God (1 Peter 5:5b-6)
a. God will teach the meek (Psalm 25:9).
b. God will lift up the meek (Psalm 147:6).
c. God will save the meek (Psalm 149:4).
2. toward God's word (James 1:21)
3. toward men (Titus 3:1-2)
4. when answering questions (1 Peter 3:15)
5. toward those overtaken in a fault (Galatians 6:1).
III. THE MEEK WILL INHERIT GREAT BLESSINGS
A. To properly understand what is involved in "inheriting the earth," we must realize that there are basically
two ways of receiving blessings:
1. taking them by force [as evil people do]
2. trusting God to provide them [as meek followers of the Lord do].
B. The earth that so many evil people take by force will eventually be destroyed (2 Peter 3:10).
C. The meek look forward to dwelling in a better place forever (2 Peter 3:13).