Week of October 20 - Day 1

Day 1 Read: Matthew 5:5

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. 

Reflect: From Jesus’ example, and since believers are equipped with the matchless power of the Holy Spirit, we can know that gentle here does not refer to weakness. What, then, does it mean?

Consider: In the same way that verses 3–4 are based on Isaiah 61, so verse 5 finds its background in Psalm 37:11. As the psalm indicates, the metaphor was taken over from the possession of Canaan by the Israelites. The meek (TEV “humble”) of this verse and the “poor” of verse 3 are the same people viewed from a different perspective (see comment at verse 3). In fact, in the language of Jesus the word could hardly be distinguished from “poor.” It contained echoes of “insignificant, lowly,” and may even be rendered “powerless.” These people possess no power because they do not need it; they rest their entire hope on God. Instead of trying to overpower others, they serve him. [1]

Respond: In context with the beatitudes, then, under whose control do the gentle place themselves? Why? Since some good leaders are not believers, “gentle” in this verse could be understood as self-control. How is self-control different from giving control to God?

When you think of someone who is a good example of meekness (v. 5), what is that person like? What do you admire most about that person? How does that person model humility?

[1] Barclay Moon Newman and Philip C. Stine, A Handbook on the Gospel of Matthew, UBS Handbook Series (New York: United Bible Societies, 1992), 110.