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Matthew 5:5 - 'Who?' and 'Why?'
« on: November 24, 2017, 05:50:08 PM »
'Blessed are the meek:
for they shall inherit the earth.'

(Mat 5:5) 

a) Who are the meek that will inherit the earth?
b) Why don't they inherit heaven?



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Re: Matthew 5:5 - 'Who?' and 'Why?'
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2017, 06:41:28 PM »
'Blessed are the meek:
for they shall inherit the earth.'

(Mat 5:5) 

a) Who are the meek that will inherit the earth?
b) Why don't they inherit heaven?
You're planting trick questions aren't you @Cariad lol. I think you are trying to exhaust me.

a), The meek are those who have surrendered their lives to the Lord.

b), They don't inherit heaven because God made the earth for man's dominion.
However prior to Adam's rebellion, heaven and earth were apparently jointly accessible. Then God stuck a BFG angel with a sword at the gate.
So until the earth is subdued, those who die in the Lord await in the heavenly realm.
Disturb us Lord, when we are too pleased with ourselves. When our dreams have come true because we dreamed too little. When we arrived safely because we sailed too close to the shore. Disturb us Lord, to dare more boldly. To venture on wider seas. Where storms will show your mastery; Where, losing sight of land, we shall find the stars. We ask you to push back the horizons of our hopes; And to push into the future, in strength, courage, hope and love.                     (SIR FRANCIS DRAKE 1577)

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Re: Matthew 5:5 - 'Who?' and 'Why?'
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2017, 07:37:44 PM »
You're planting trick questions aren't you @Cariad lol. I think you are trying to exhaust me.

a), The meek are those who have surrendered their lives to the Lord.

b), They don't inherit heaven because God made the earth for man's dominion.
However prior to Adam's rebellion, heaven and earth were apparently jointly accessible. Then God stuck a BFG angel with a sword at the gate.
So until the earth is subdued, those who die in the Lord await in the heavenly realm.
@francis drake

Hello there,

Your responses are equally challenging, f.d.,

In fact I think this one will have to wait until the morning!

Enjoy your weekend.  :)
In Christ Jesus
Cariad

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Re: Matthew 5:5 - 'Who?' and 'Why?'
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2017, 09:21:11 PM »
@francis drake

Hello there,

Your responses are equally challenging, f.d.,

In fact I think this one will have to wait until the morning!

Enjoy your weekend.  :)
In Christ Jesus
Cariad
I enjoy your challenges @Cariad, you make me work hard.
I just wish we could agree more.

Anyway, I thought this was interesting.-
Psalm115v16 The heavens are the heavens of the LORD, But the earth He has given to the sons of men.
Disturb us Lord, when we are too pleased with ourselves. When our dreams have come true because we dreamed too little. When we arrived safely because we sailed too close to the shore. Disturb us Lord, to dare more boldly. To venture on wider seas. Where storms will show your mastery; Where, losing sight of land, we shall find the stars. We ask you to push back the horizons of our hopes; And to push into the future, in strength, courage, hope and love.                     (SIR FRANCIS DRAKE 1577)

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Re: Matthew 5:5 - 'Who?' and 'Why?'
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2017, 10:43:12 PM »
I enjoy your challenges @Cariad, you make me work hard.
I just wish we could agree more.

Anyway, I thought this was interesting.-
Psalm115v16 The heavens are the heavens of the LORD, But the earth He has given to the sons of men.

Praise His Holy Name!



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Re: Matthew 5:5 - 'Who?' and 'Why?'
« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2017, 09:56:58 AM »
You're planting trick questions aren't you @Cariad lol. I think you are trying to exhaust me.

a), The meek are those who have surrendered their lives to the Lord.

b), They don't inherit heaven because God made the earth for man's dominion.
However prior to Adam's rebellion, heaven and earth were apparently jointly accessible. Then God stuck a BFG angel with a sword at the gate.
So until the earth is subdued, those who die in the Lord await in the heavenly realm.
@francis drake

Good morning, fd,

Again, we are coming at this from different directions; but rather than standing opposed, why not let our separate thoughts work in parallel, with the hope of a meeting of minds at some point. Yes?

The Lord Jesus Christ is speaking, Israel's Messiah: speaking to His disciples concerning the blessings of the Kingdom which was 'nigh', 'at hand,' 'in' (or, 'among') them, with the presence of their King. The happiness (or, 'blessing') described in these verses does not come from human opinion, but is according to God's own estimation.

'Blessed (or happy) are the meek:
for they shall inherit the earth.'


Our Lord, described Himself as, 'meek and lowly in heart' (Matt.11:29), didn't He? and no disciple is above his Master (Matt.10:24). Christ is quoting from Psa.37, where the phrase, 'shall inherit the earth' occurs 5 times (in verses, 9, 11, 22, 29, 34 - 'land' and 'earth' being representations of the same word). It should be taken into consideration when seeking to understand how it is used in Matt 5:5. 

The land is that which was promised to Abraham and his posterity, from the Nile to the river Euphrates (Gen.15.18).

Meekness is often misunderstood and reckoned as weakness. Moses was described as 'very meek, above all men which were upon the face of the earth' (Numb. 12:3; Deut.18:15) but he was anything but weak. Meekness is the gentleness of real strength, certainly not effeminacy. Meek people are humble so far as their own attainments are concerned, but they have a mighty tower of strength divinely given to draw on when needed, and can be resolute and unbending when circumstances demand it.

This kingdom, is that looked for, and awaited eagerly, by those within Israel, and was the subject of the teaching of Christ to His disciples, during the 40 days while He was on earth (Acts 1:3), prior to his ascension to God's right hand, which led to the question in Acts 1:6, 'Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?'

This is for our learning, but not about us (2 Tim. 3:16).

In Christ Jesus
Cariad