Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Jesus is telling us to be meek.
Meek, according to dictionary.com :
adjective, meeker, meekest.
1. humbly patient or docile, as under provocation from others.
2. overly submissive or compliant; spiritless; tame.
3. Obsolete. gentle; kind.
Seem repetitive? I believe this is intentional. In a world full of people who love themselves. People who want nothing more than fame, being meek is an accomplishment, a virtue and definitely needed.
Jesus then goes on to tell us about our reward, just as he’s done with the other beatitudes. He tells us that the meek shall inherit the earth.
Inherit according to dictionary.com :
So the humble, patient, docile,gentle and kind will be given the earth, the land, the world.
In modern times, and no less in the days of Jesus, (perhaps even less) this idea seems almost ridiculous. How could someone who is meek, or as definition two points out, overly submissive ( though I don’t believe this definitions fits this verse) take over the world?
I don’t believe Jesus is talking about the earth as it was then, or even as it is now.
I believe he’s talking about the new earth, written about in Revelation 21
1.And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
2. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall he His people, and God Himself shall be with them and be their God.
4. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
As a matter of fact, as I look over these versus I see prophecy in all the beatitudes.
Recognize the correlation of verse four with verse four from Matthew 5:4?
“Blessed are they that mourn; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Jesus not only gave us how to act, and messages of His divine love, He also gave us the confirmation of prophesies! What a wondrous Lord we serve!
And although it’s hard for us to remember that sometimes our rewards come later, (though living peaceful is a reward all its own) know that these rewards are far greater than anything the current earth could handle.