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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

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

Sermon on The Mount:Meek & Hungry

Matthew 5:5-6

Som meek hungry
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

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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
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

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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

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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

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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)

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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)

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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

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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)