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Matthew 5:5- 6 (NKJV). 5 Blessed are the meek,
   For they shall inherit the earth. 6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled. Sermon on The Mount: Meek & Hungry. Matthew 5:5-6. SOM: Meek & Hungry.

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Matthew 5:5- 6 (NKJV)

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Matthew 5:5-6(NKJV)

5Blessed are the meek,
   For they shall inherit the earth.

6Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.


Sermon on The Mount:Meek & Hungry

Matthew 5:5-6


SOM: Meek & Hungry

  • Last week we began a Sunday night series covering the Sermon on the Mount

  • We will spend several weeks covering Matthew 5-7

  • Last week we introduced the SOM and spoke of the poor in spirit as well as those who mourn


SOM: Meek & Hungry

  • The Beatitudes speak of those people who are the blessed, the happy, the fulfilled

  • If we can become the type of person Jesus speaks of here, then we too will be happy

  • Tonight we consider the meek and hungry


SOM: Meek

  • Jesus begins verse 5 by saying, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth”

  • Jesus is telling us that we are a blessed person if we are one of the meek

  • Meek is the Greek word praus that means mild, humble, gentleness of spirit


SOM: Meek

  • It’s what most of us think about when we think of the word meek, or a person who is meek

  • This certainly has something to do with it’s meaning

  • However, to dig deeper is to perhaps reveal the true meaning of this word


SOM: Meek

  • The term meek is used to describe one as submitting to God’s will or relying on Him

  • One who is meek is one who does not fight against God, who does not struggle or contend with Him

  • Certainly this person would be described as humble, mild and gentle


SOM: Meek

  • This term is normally used in reference to God, not our fellow man

  • This definition would certainly fit the old saying that “meekness is not weakness”

  • Jesus claimed to be meek in Matthew 11:29 (gentle is a form of the word praus)


SOM: Meek

  • Jesus was certainly humble, but He also submitted Himself to God’swill

  • When it came to even the cross, He did not contend with God (Phil. 2:8)

  • Meekness is the opposite of self-assertiveness and self-interest


SOM: Meek

  • Jesus said the meek will inherit the earth

  • When we think of meekness before God as being submissive to His will, the reward will come as no surprise

  • God has always promised blessings to those who obey Him and His will


SOM: Meek

  • Deuteronomy 28

  • Joshua 1:5-9

  • Hebrews 5:9 – “And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him”

  • A reward is there for those who obey


SOM: Hungry

  • Jesus then says, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled”

  • Jesus knew how to get us to understand something

  • Here he uses the powerful feeling of hunger and thirst


SOM: Hungry

  • A hunger is an intensedesire for something; it literally means to famish or crave

  • What do the blessed have a desire for?

  • They desire righteousness, which is a term that can simply mean livingright before God


SOM: Hungry

  • We’ve also seen how the Bible itself defines righteousness in Luke1:6…

  • “And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless”

  • Happy is the one who has an intense desire to follow God’s will


SOM: Hungry

  • There are so many who have had that desire for God’s will

  • “How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth” (Ps. 119:103)

  • Job said he treasured God’s words more than food (Job 23:12)


SOM: Hungry

  • It’s more than just a desire for His word, it’s a desire to do His will; to live right before God on this earth

  • That person is blessed because they will be filled

  • This world is full of emptypromises; things that promise to deliver but never do


SOM: Hungry

  • The physical things in this world cannot bring fulfillment

  • They leave us longing for something different (just look around Hollywood)

  • Jesus said the water He gives will fill us never to thirst again (Jn. 4:13-14)


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