Jesus Christ: meek, mild: as if!
The Sunday School Jesus just isn't biblical.
If we look at the Greek word for meekness: (Praus) we find Aristotle describing it as the golden mean between out of control anger (rage) and excessive angerless-ness: rampant apathy.
To be "meek" meant to have the appropriate anger, even "righteous anger."
It also meant a person who was "under control." And in our context that would mean under God's control.
A meek person was someone who listened to God first, and then followed God's direction.
Numbers 12:1-3 describes Moses as "very meek."
Now we certainly wouldn't call Moses ineffectual or spineless. Instead you would say he listened
to God, even argued with God, but he clearly followed God.
This gets us to the third major ancient Greek meaning: humility. Knowing where you stand, knowing what you don't know, understanding your boundaries.
Humility makes it appearance in a very famous passage from the prophet Micah 6:8
"He has told you, O mortal, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice,
and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?"
So with all this we can say about Matt. 5:5,
"Happy are those who stand with humble courage,
who are willing to rely completely on God, not themselves.
For they shall have the eternal, timeless presence of God." (TAV - this means "Terry's Amplified Version...)
Are you ready to live this simple beatitude?
Are you ready to live in a biblical way this timeless truth?
Pope Benedict 16 wrote when he was still a Cardinal Ratzinger:
"The world needs people who discover the good,
who rejoice in it and thereby derive the courage and impetus to do good."
Have you discovered the Good of God? ...and the fact that life is basically good?
Have you discovered that the bible full of people who were encountering God, and God's good love and so were challenged to become courageously humble?
They were ordinary people, like you and I. And they did ordinary things.
But they did them with courageous humility.
Here's a couple of ideas to help you grapple with this and try it out:
• Admit your Mistakes: Be honest before God and others about your human limitations.
• Become more grace filled; offer grace to others, live grace in our thoughts, words & deeds..,
• Risk something for our Lord. Taking a chance. Putt into practice the radical demands of the gospel.
• Thank God for Grace every day…
Will you live a life of courageous humility?
Will you consider what you need to admit, to confess? Will you idendify where you need to risk?
Can you be more grace filled? Can you thank God daily for the grace to live?
Simple things that will result in a profound change in your life.
"Happy are those who live with courageous humility, for they shall have a place to stand in the embrace of Christ forever."
Pray with me… we all need this courageous humility and this eternal place to stand.
"Lord Jesus, I offer you this new day
because I believe in you,
hope all things in you,
and thank you for your blessings.
I am sorry for having offended you
and I forgive everyone who has offended me.
Lord, look on me and leave in me peace and courage and your humble wisdom that I may serve others with joy, and be pleasing to you all day." — Franciscan Morning Prayer by St. Francis of Assisi.
Happy are those with courageous humility, for they shall know the eternal presence of God's love.