Week Three: She Has a Meek & Quiet Spirit
I Peter 3:1-4
How many of us as ladies would LOVE to receive a beautiful, valuable piece of jewelry? The Greek word “ornament” used in I Peter 3:4 is the same word used to describe a crown (Proverbs 4:9), a necklace (Proverbs 1:9), gold earrings (Proverbs 25:12), a bride’s adornment (Isaiah 49:18)…. You get the picture. And of course there is the ornament that we all think of at Christmas time…beautiful decorations for a tree.
And I Peter 3:4 also says that ornament of a meek and quiet spirit is valuable in Eloah’s sight! Eloah…He owns everything because He made it! I remember the old song “He Owns the Cattle on a Thousand Hills”…and my 5th Grade teacher used to say, “And He owns the hills, too!” But still, the Eloah Who made the world and all that is in it, Who made the sun, moon, and stars…He says a meek and quiet spirit are valuable!
Meek Bible Characters:
Numbers 12:3, (Now the man _________ was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.) The Bible says he was meeker than any other man on the face of the earth! Even so, this meek man sinned with his temper, keeping him from entering the Promised Land.
Matthew 11:29, Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am ________ and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”
This example of meekness is the perfect example…the One Who we are to seek to emulate in every area of our lives! Yet He was meek and lowly in heart. So, what is meekness?
The first definition seems to be the one that describes our Savior. You could not use the second to describe Him…He had the courage to publicly call sin SIN…calling hypocritical religious leaders of his days “whited sepulchers”. What about the third? “Not violent”…taking a whip and chasing the money-changers out of the Temple was not exactly what we would think of FIRST when picturing a meek person. And the physical strength that it took for YAHUSHA to endure the stake…. Most men died during the scourging. To survive 40 lashes with a cat-of-nine-tails, then walk up Golgotha, then be crucified, then still survive for hours there…. There is no doubt our meek and quiet Savior was courageous and strong. So that leaves definition number one: “enduring injury with patience and without resentment”. Yes…that describes our Savior. Does it describe US though?
“MEEKNESS IS NOT WEAKNESS!”
Another phrase we were taught about meekness is that the definition for meekness is “strength under divine control”. Sounds like another form of submission *_* Enduring injury with patience and without resentment sounds like giving up our “rights”.
Meekness is one of the fruits of the Ruach ha Qodosh—Galatians 5:22 & 23, But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. What is “fruit” in our lives for? So that the Holy Spirit in us can attract the lost to us as Christians! And again in I Peter 3:15, But sanctify YAHUAH Eloah in your hearts: and be ready always to give ____ _____________ to every man that asks you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
Psalm 22:26, The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise YAHUAH that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.
Psalm 25:9, The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.
Psalm 37:11, But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
Psalm 149:4, For YAHUAH takes pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.
Isaiah 29:19, The meek also shall increase their joy in YAHUAH, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Qodosh One of Israel.
Matthew 5:5, Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
YAHUSHA, The Very Thought of Thee
Words: Bernard of Clairvaux
YAHUSHA, the very thought of Thee
Nor voice can sing, nor heart can frame,
O hope of every contrite heart,
But what to those who find? Ah, this
O most sweet YAHUSHA, hear the sighs
Abide with us, and let Thy light