by gcadmin on Saturday, April 14th, 2018 No Comments
Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
On first reading of this, this sounds like those that are sheepish and mild, even weak will be advantaged and be given the earth. This interpretation turns out to Wrong. Through an artefact of translation the original meaning has been lost. The original Greek term praótēs is a military term from which “meek” was translated. Dr Jordan Peterson rephrases the true intention and meaning of “meekin”, be well formed and powerful, but keep your sword sheathed.
“Wild stallions were brought down from the mountains and broken for riding. Some were used to pull wagons, some were raced, and the best were trained for warfare. They retained their fierce spirit, courage, and power, but were disciplined to respond to the slightest nudge or pressure of the rider’s leg. They could gallop into battle at 35 miles an hour and come to a sliding stop at a word. They were not frightened by arrows, spears, or torches. At this point they were said to be meeked.” – Sam Whatley
President Roosevelt said “Speak Softly, and carry a big stick” is wisdom along the same vein.
So be meek, powerful, smart, strong and even dangerous. However, use your wisdom to keep your sword sheathed – most, if not all the time. Meek is not weak.