Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the Lord’s anger. Zephaniah 2:3
The bible tells us to seek righteousness and meekness and we will be hid when the day of the Lord’s anger comes. This is great…. IF you know what righteousness and meekness are. I think most people have an idea of what righteousness is because we are taught about this all the time, but how many know what it means to be meek? Most people probably think to be meek means to be weak.
Look at this definition of meek. “Enduring injury with patience and without resentment”
Wow! That speaks of strength, not weakness! Weakness is lacking in strength, unable to withstand attack, not able to withstand temptation.
Keep that thought as we look at two examples of people the bible specifically says are meek.
The first person it says is meek is Moses.
Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth. Numbers 12:3
In Exodus 4 -15 we learn how God worked through Moses to free the Israelite’s. He used Moses to send frogs, flies, lice and boils over Egypt because they would not let the Israelite’s go. And when they finally were able to leave they got stopped at the Red Sea and what did Moses do? Did he cower? NO! He got strong and turned to God.
If Moses was meek using the meaning weakness do you think he would have been able to do all that? Do you think he would have run, or turned to God? Do you think he would have been able to make it to the Red Sea?
Now let’s look at the second person, Jesus.
28 Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
Matthew 4:1-11 tells about how Jesus went into the desert and was tempted by satan. Satan constantly tempted Jesus, saying if you are hungry, why don’t you turn these stones into bread, why don’t you take the easy way down and jump – the angels will save you, why don’t you worship me and I will give you everything you see. If Jesus was meek using the meaning weakness he would have given into temptation when he was in the desert. And do you think he would have ever made it to the cross?
No, both of these men were strong, they controlled their emotions, and they gave themselves fully to God.
The bible is meant to teach us the truth, right? Do you know why Moses and Jesus are used as examples of meek? Because God wants you to know that meek is not weak, it is just the opposite – meek is strong. Meek is strength, under control. And although you can find others throughout the bible that could be considered meek, Moses and Jesus are the best examples of this. They leave no room for doubt.