Posted by Forrest Parkinson

Q 11

Jesus said
“Fortunate are the Gentle
For they shall inherit the earth.
Borg-Powelson-Riegert Reconstruction (1996)
ref
Matthew 5:5

πραΰς

Matthew 5:5 The Message (MSG)
“You’re blessed when
you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less.
That’s the moment you find yourselves
proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%205:5&version=MSG

Matthew 5:5 New Revised Standard Version,
‘Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%205:5&version=NRSVACE

πραΰς

Dear Jesus Way Friends
The topic is meekness and the Kingdom of God. The Greek word for meek,Praus, πραΰς is pronounced “prah-oose” and is traditionally defined as
“mildness of disposition, gentleness of spirit, meekness
In the New Testament indicates as Meekness toward God is that disposition of spirit in which we accept His dealings with us as good, and therefore without disputing or resisting.
In the Old Testament the meek are those wholly relying on God rather than their own strength to defend them against injustice. Thus,meekness toward evil people means knowing God is permitting the injuries they inflict, that He is using them to purify His elect, and that He will deliver His elect in His time.” — Thayer and Smith Bible Dictionary.

On the excellent website and page for the Beatitudes
http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Scripture/Brit_Chadashah/Beatitudes/beatitudes.html

We have a study reconstructing the Aramaic forms of “blessing” Jesus might have used as a stylized sermon and so to understand how Meekness is a blessing because it reflects a way of living that accepts reality and right relationship based on God’s presence and power in the world.

Even as we seek to understand meekness and passivity we cannot ignore the terrible injustices of the wars happening around us and our nation’s preparation to participate in the Syrian civil war. And how likely or set are we to engage in the World Ward Three of the relationship conflicts in our families or our workplaces?

Can we ask ourselves if strength excludes surrender? Can peacemaking be active and provocative? How can we understand the blessings of meekness in our world and in our challenges?

Blessings, seeking Jesus’ Way,
Forrest