Meekness and Might

At the beginning of that marvelous discourse called the Sermon on the Mount, as recorded by Matthew, are the pure declarations of the blessings which follow certain specified conditions of right thinking and living—the Beatitudes. One of these reads, "Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth."

Why should the meek inherit the earth? Many mistake weakness for meekness; but in order to realize how far removed this is from the true meaning of the word, we need only consider some of the Old Testament characters. Of Moses it was said, "Now the man Moses was very meek;" and yet Moses was the great leader of one of the most stupendous undertakings on record—that of leading Israel from the bondage of Egypt to the freedom of the promised land. We have also the example of Joseph, who, when asked by Pharaoh to interpret to him his dream, humbly said, "It is not in me: God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace." Joseph knew that to God belongs all power and glory, and because he knew this he became ruler over all the land of Egypt.

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