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Discovery Magazine 8/1/1994

Meek Not Week

by  Garry K. Brantley, M.A., M.Div.

When you think of the word "meek" what kind of animal comes to mind? A tiny mouse? A little puppy? Maybe a sheep? We usually think of weak, helpless creatures as being meek--perhaps something like the cowardly lion in the Wizard of Oz.
When Jesus lived, people used the word "meek" to describe some horses. Then, like now, people used horses for transportation. Sometimes horses would pull a chariot; at other times people would ride them. A horse that would obey its master was called "meek." A meek horse was still very strong and powerful, but it allowed its rider to guide it.
A powerful horse under control is a much different picture than the cowardly lion! Jesus said: "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth" (Matthew 5:5). That doesn't mean that we are to be weak, cowardly people. It means that we are to allow God to guide our lives and obey Him--something that takes a lot of courage!

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