The Inheritance of the Meek
Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth.
So we understand that meekness is not a submissive attitude that is easily imposed on. Rather, it is to demonstrate power without undue harshness. Quite a difference there.
Christ’s promise to those that are meek is incredible; they will receive the earth as their inheritance. I can already hear some of you now thinking how nice that is and how it means very little in the grand scheme of things. You’re quite wrong, it means everything.
What you need to see in order for this promise to carry weight with you though is its context.
Israel was God’s chosen people and had ended up living in Egypt. Now Joseph had settled them in the land of Goshen, one of Egypt’s most fertile areas. The Israelites grew and prospered, out reproducing and out earning the Egyptians.
Finally, a new pharaoh came along that didn’t much dig their agreement with Israel and who didn’t care about Joseph. So things quickly went downhill from there. Soon, Israel is enslaved in the system of Egypt.
So Israel cries out to God and God raises up Moses to go lead the people in an Exodus (movement of Jah people… Bob Marley reference couldn’t be helped).
The point of the exodus was to bring Israel to the Promised Land, a land that God had chosen for them. Each of the 12 tribes had a designated lot of ground and each house had a lot within the tribe’s inheritance.
They were to go in as a group and God would go before them, all of the tribes winning back the land and then afterwards, each going to live and enjoy life there.
Of course, that didn’t happen. Apparently Israel was as good at listening as we are.
So this principle of inheritance remains the same. God has a chosen people (now it’s spiritual Israel, both Jews and Gentiles) that he has commanded to go and possess the land that is being squatted on. In their case it was seven nations greater and mightier than they were, in ours it’s an antichrist World System.
The individual believer receives their opportunity and reward for inheritance by divine-lot (Eph 1:11), which apportions the possessions of the Father for their gift of inheritance.
So there remains the opportunity for you to seize your earthly inheritance by faith and Christ’s promise is that if you are biblically meek, you will be empowered to prosper as you take your inheritance.
What is this inheritance beyond a vague notion of ‘the earth’?
And when the LORD your God brings you into the land that he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give you great and good cities that you did not build, and houses full of all good things that you did not fill, and cisterns that you did not dig, and vineyards and olive trees that you did not plant—and when you eat and are full, then take care lest you forget the LORD, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.