#267 – THE MEEK LISTEN (19/1/21)
This week in our discipleship series, we are considering the third Beatitude,
“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5)
Definition: Meekness is humility. It’s being weak in ourselves but strong in God.
One of the ‘marks of meekness’ is how we relate to God. We have already considered how the meek trust in Jesus alone for salvation and refuse to depend on self-righteousness. However, this dependent attitude carries over into their Christians lives. The meek listen to God in His word.
I don’t know if you’ve ever watched those programs where a world-renown chef tries to help a struggling restaurant to improve. So often advice is refused and tempers flare; it takes meekness to listen to advice - even ‘advice’ from God!
There is a lot of good advice, but the meek hold God’s word as their only source of truth; they weigh all advice -even if they claim to have an expert- by God’s truth. In Proverbs, we read,
‘The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.’ (Proverbs 1:7)
Why is fearing God (reverencing) the most important attitude and piece of knowledge and wisdom that anyone can attain?
Why does fearing God lead to the pursuit of knowledge?
Fearing (reverencing) God is the beginning of knowledge and wisdom. This is because those who honour God will seek Him for what is true. Those who lack meekness, like Adam and Eve in the Garden, still eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, rather than listen to God! Fearing God is meekness. The meek reverence God enough to actually listen to Him (in His word) and do what He says in obedience.
Through Isaiah, God spoke of the link between meekness and our attitude to listening to Him.
“These are the ones I look on with favour: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word.” (Isaiah 62:2)
Only the meek will listen and obey The Great Commission to,
“Go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
Only the meek will listen to Jesus and be disciples by learning and obeying His teaching. Only the meek will listen to Jesus to go and make disciples.
COMMUNITY GROUP STUDY - BLESSED ARE THE MEEK
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Introduction - please share in your group
This week in our discipleship series, we are considering the third of the Beatitudes,
'Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth'. (Matthew 5:5)