Sheep and Stallions…

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I was having a conversation the other day with my son. Somehow we got onto the subject of being meek and meekness. I mentioned that meekness was not weakness, but rather strength under control. My son Googles the word which defines it as “easily imposed on; submissive” and basically disagreed with my statement. I told him I’d research it and get back to him.

Twenty first centurions in Western culture do not value meekness as a virtue, but rather see it as a weakness. But that’s not what Jesus said:

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

Clearly, Jesus puts a premium on being meek. Something to be desired in a Christian’s life. So what does this word mean?

 Literally the word used in Matthew 5:5 is: praÿs, and is defined: Meekness toward God is that disposition of spirit in which we accept His dealings with us as good, and therefore without disputing or resisting. Gentleness or meekness is the opposite of self-assertiveness and self-interest. It stems from trust in God’s goodness and control over the situation.

 That’s a good black and white biblical definition for the word. But, I like pictures. The concept we get from the use of this Greek word is when it’s applied to animals.  Then it makes clear… that it means to “tame” wild animals. In other words, such animals have not lost their strength but have learned to control the destructive instincts that prevent them from living in harmony with others.

 As when a mighty wild stallion has been tamed.  This powerful beast has not lost any of its power, but rather, this steed allows the human to have reign/rein in its life so that the owner can use them as they see necessary and it can get along well with others in the herd.

 That’s what I am… a sheep first and foremost, but also a steed who has allowed Jesus to take control and reign/rein in my life for whatever purposes He would like… strength and power under His control. For His purposes, not mine.

 

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