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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.

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1 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.

2 SERMON ON THE MOUNT: MEEK & HUNGRY Matthew 5:5-6

3 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

4 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

5 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

6 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

7 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

8 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)

9 SOM: Meek  Jesus was certainly humble, but He also submitted Himself to God’s will  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

10 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

11 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

12 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

13 SOM: Hungry  A hunger is an intense desire 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 living right before God

14 SOM: Hungry  We’ve also seen how the Bible itself defines righteousness in Luke 1:6…  “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

15 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)

16 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 empty promises; things that promise to deliver but never do

17 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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