Wednesday, February 06, 2013

And the Strong Shall Inherit the Earth

I can here the howls of heresy now.   Spare me.  Not only is the statement true... its also Biblical.  We're gonna pause here for a minute while the squishy amongst us struggle to unwad their panties enough to pay attention.

Done yet?  Good.  Now shut up and pay attention.  God forbid... you may actually learn something.

When Jesus was struck in the face and turned the other cheek... did He display weakness?  Was Jesus weak or was He strong?  The plain truth of the matter is Jesus was strong.  He couldn't laid waste to those that insulted Him.  But He did not.  He was meek.

But this is the critical part...  He had the power.  He was strong.  One cannot be weak... and display meekness.  Meekness and weakness are actually mutually exclusive because biblically speaking meekness literally means power restrained.  If there is no power... then there is nothing to restrain.  You're just weak.  You're not meek.

The world will not be inherited by weak people.  The world will be inherited by powerful people who have mastered that power an restrain it.  This is precisely the opposite of what the modern church teaches.  It raises up weakness and celebrates it.  It charges men to strive to be weak... then deliberately labels that weakness strength.  

Power.  Restrained.

Let that sink in.

28 comments:

Bob said...

Well said.

Josh said...

Amen.

Skillet said...

Very true. Meek ain't weak. Was Jesus weak when he kicked the moneychangers' butts in the temple? When he called the religious leaders a generation of vipers? When he fasted for 40 days in the wilderness (shoot I wouldn't last 40 hrs!)? No way! He was supremely strong and righteous. He had the strength to endure to the end-- for our sake. Good post. A pan-galactic devotional!

Nate said...

Glad y'all enjoyed it.

freeonus said...

Nice to see you posting again. I hadn't checked for quite some time.

Vidad said...

Damn right. That's really well said. There's a part of me that really longs to shove churchian gammas down the stairs... but I'm restraining it. Barely. It's hard to go to church and hold it in.

Thank God my own Dad isn't that way.

He's a pastor.
He's steeped in the Word.
He's 60 and has a six-pack.
He never cries.

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TransplantedTexan said...

I have read many posts here. Many I thought hit the nail right on the head. You have outdone yourself here.
Thank you for it.

rycamor said...

My missionary dad never had a six-pack, but he was not the modern cringing type either. First time he was pick-pocketed in Colombia, he realized who did it, grabbed the guy, lifted him up, slammed him against the wall and very meekly restrained himself from pummelling him while his wallet was VERY meekly returned to him.

Proper meekness begets meekness.

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