Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. (Mat 5:5 NET)

This is a beatitude that is often heard in the church. We, as followers of Christ, are to be the meek.  In order to analyse what this really means we must first break it down into its component parts and look at the original meaning.

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Substitute Saviour?

We all worship idols, even though we may try our best not to. Sometimes we don’t even realize that we have in fact turned something into an idol. The thing that makes it most difficult is that we have become a society of idols. Everyone wants the latest and greatest thing or that big career jump that they think will turn them into what they perceive is a ‘somebody’ or give their life that ultimate purpose. For me I find that it is books and knowledge. I always seem to feel that if I read a particular book I will perhaps feel that I have a good knowledge of something, but of course no sense of enlightenment occurs once I have finished my reading, my knowledge has increased as it should and that should be all I expect from it, it is just a book after all. (Kind of reminds me of a definition of hell I once heard: ‘Hell is to execute an act of which nothing comes except to do it again’).

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Substitute Saviour?

We all worship idols, even though we may try our best not to. Sometimes we don’t even realize that we have in fact turned something into an idol. The thing that makes it most difficult is that we have become a society of idols. Everyone wants the latest and greatest thing or that big career jump that they think will turn them into what they perceive is a ‘somebody’ or give their life that ultimate purpose. For me I find that it is books and knowledge. I always seem to feel that if I read a particular book I will perhaps feel that I have a good knowledge of something, but of course no sense of enlightenment occurs once I have finished my reading, my knowledge has increased as it should and that should be all I expect from it, it is just a book after all. (Kind of reminds me of a definition of hell I once heard: ‘Hell is to execute an act of which nothing comes except to do it again’).

Continue reading

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. (Mat 5:5 NET)

This is a beatitude that is often heard in the church. We, as followers of Christ, are to be the meek.  In order to analyse what this really means we must first break it down into its component parts and look at the original meaning.

Continue reading