THE BEATITUDES (Part Three)
                                                              Matthew 5:1-12 (705)

  Introduction
       A.  Review:  First and second beatitudes.
       B.  Let’s focus on the third beatitude.  V5
   I.  “Blessed are the meek”

       A.  What does it mean to be meek?

             1.  According to Wayne Jackson, the word “meek” is from a Greek word that denotes
                  strength under control.  Used by ancient Greeks to describe a wild horse trained to
                  the bridle.
                  a.  Moses was described as being meek.  Numbers 12:3 121)

             2.  Meek people don’t think more highly of themselves than they should.  Romans 12:3
                  (837)

             3.  Meek people have a servant’s heart.  Matthew 20:20-28 (720)

        B.  How do we develop meekness?

             1.  We must realize who we are before the all-righteous God.  Vv3-4

                  a.  Meekness flows from the first and second beatitudes.

             2.  We learn meekness from Christ.  Matthew 11:28-30 (712)

             3.  We cooperate with the Holy Spirit as He enables us.  Galatians 5:22-23 (862)

   II.  “For they shall inherit the earth.”

         A.  God owns everything (Psalm 24:1,p437), and His children receive an inheritance
               (Ephesians 1:11,p863).

         B.  The blessings
               1.  The meek are citizens of the kingdom on earth.  Matthew 16:18-19 (717);
                    Colossians 1:13 (870)

               2.  They receive all spiritual blessings in Christ.  Ephesians 1:3 (863)

               3.  The meek receive all their needs from their Heavenly Father. Philippians 4:19

               4.  It could possible refer to the new heaven and new earth.  Revelation 21:1-4 (916)
Closing:  The meek are blessed because they will receive blessings from their Heavenly Father
                now and in eternity.