Ladies’ Bible Study 4.9.18

We had a lovely time with lemon bars, fruit salad, deviled eggs, and cheese & crackers, coffee, tea, and fellowship together. We started with a brief review of the first two Beatitudes, and then covered the third, first of all by defining meekness in terms of other scriptures, and then what meekness is not, and then talking about its reward. We spent a lot of time reading the accompanying passages of Scripture. One thing we noticed is that as the author of the commentary we are using mentioned, meekness, gentleness, humility, and lowliness are all interconnected in Scripture. The KJV and NKJV interchanged them multiple times. We had 15 talking points, as follows:

1. Review:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3
“To be ‘poor in spirit’ is to realize that [spiritually] I have nothing, am nothing, and can do nothing, and have need of all things. Poverty of spirit is a consciousness of my emptiness, the result of the Spirit’s work within. . . This first Beatitude, then, is foundational, describing a fundamental trait which is found in every regenerated soul.”
An Exposition of the Sermon on the Mount, Arthur W. Pink, p.17

2. Review:
“Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4
“This ‘mourning’ springs from a sense of sin, from a tender conscience, from a broken heart. It is a godly sorrow over rebellion against God and hostility to his will. . . This ‘mourning’ is the agonizing realization that it was my sins which nailed to the Cross the Lord of glory. . . Such mourning always goes side by side with conscious poverty of spirit.”
An Exposition of the Sermon on the Mount, Arthur W. Pink, p.19

2.5
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” Matthew 5:5

3.
“A study of its [meekness] usage in Scripture reveals, first, that it is linked with and cannot be separated from lowliness:
(Matthew 11:29, Ephesians 4:1-2).”
An Exposition of the Sermon on the Mount, Arthur W. Pink, p.22

4.
“Second, it is associated with and cannot be divorced from gentleness:
(II Corinthians 10:1, Titus 3:2).”
An Exposition of the Sermon on the Mount, Arthur W. Pink, p.22

5.
“ . . . the Divine promise (Psalm 25:9), intimating that this grace consists of a pliant heart and will.”
An Exposition of the Sermon on the Mount, Arthur W. Pink, p.19

6.
“It is to be kept steadily in mind that in [the preceding two] Beatitudes our Lord is describing the orderly development of God’s work of grace as it is experientially realized in the soul.”
a. Poverty of spirit–realization of unworthiness
b. Mourning over our lost condition, sorrowing over our sins against God
c. Meekness: by-product of the first two, resulting in a broken will and a receptive heart
An Exposition of the Sermon on the Mount, Arthur W. Pink, p.22

7.
“Meekness is not only the antithesis of pride, but of stubbornness, fierceness, vengefulness. It is the taming of the lion, the making of the wolf to lie down as a kid.”
An Exposition of the Sermon on the Mount, Arthur W. Pink, p.22

8.
This meekness is not natural and is not a personality trait. “Divine grace operates in rendering such men of an opposite temper more yeilding and quiet. The meekness to which the blessing is annexed is not constitutional, but gracious: and men of the most vehement, impetuous, irascible, and implacable dispositions, by looking to Jesus through the grace of God, learn to curb their tempers, to cease from resentment, to avoid giving offense by injurious words and actions, to make concessions and forgive injuries.”
An Exposition of the Sermon on the Mount, Arthur W. Pink, p.23

9.
“Meekness is the opposite of self-will toward God, and of ill-will toward men. . . a precious fruit of the Spirit’s working.”
Galatians 5:22-23
An Exposition of the Sermon on the Mount, Arthur W. Pink, p.23

10.
“Supremely it was exemplified by Christ, who declared, . . . ‘The cup which My Father hath given Me, shall I not drink it?’ (John 18:11). he was ‘led [not dragged] as a lamb to the slaughter’: when He was reviled, he reviled not again; when He was buffeted, He threatened not. He was the very King of meekness.” Isaiah 53:1-12, I Peter 2:21-25 (Notice how Peter echoes Isaiah!)

An Exposition of the Sermon on the Mount, Arthur W. Pink, p.23

(Here we went a little farther and read John 18:3-14 to see the context of the above quote. Then we discussed how the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew Chapters 5, 6, & 7) is what Jesus wanted us to know at the beginning of His ministry, and that in John 13-17, Jesus is “putting His affairs in order,” pouring as much of Himself into His disciples as possible before He had to leave them. So the Sermon on the Mount was Jesus’ “entrance” teaching, and John 13-17 was His “exit” teaching.)

11.
“ . . . it causes the believer to bear patiently those insults and injuries which he receives at the hands of his fellows, and makes him ready to accept instruction or admonition from the least of the saints, moving him to think more highly of others than of himself. Meekness enables the Christian to endure provocations without being inflamed by them: he remains cool when others get heated.” Romans 12:3, II Thessalonians 1:4, I Peter 2:19 (notice the connection between I Peter 2:19 and I Peter 2:21-25 above.)
An Exposition of the Sermon on the Mount, Arthur W. Pink, p.23

12.
“But meekness must not be confounded with weakness. True meekness is ever manifested by yieldedness to God’s will, yet it will not yield a principle of righteousness or compromise with evil. God-given meekness can also stand up for God-given rights: when God’s glory is impeached, we must have a zeal which is as hot as fire. . . Meekness restrains from private revenge, but it in nowise conflicts with the requirements of fidelity to God, His cause, and His people.” Numbers 12:3, Exodus 32:1-35, John 2:13-17
An Exposition of the Sermon on the Mount, Arthur W. Pink p. 24

13.
“‘For they shall inherit the earth’ or ‘land,’ for both the Hebrew and Greek words possess this double meaning. This promise is taken from Psalm 37:11 . . . Contentment of mind is one of the fruits of meekness.”
Psalm 37:16, Proverbs 15:16, I Corinthians 3:21-22, II Corinthians 6:10
An Exposition of the Sermon on the Mount, Arthur W. Pink, p.24

14.
“From what has been before us let us learn, first, the value of this spiritual grace and the need of praying for an increase of the same.”
Zephaniah 2:3, Psalm 21:26, Psalm 147:6, Isaiah 29:19
An Exposition of the Sermon on the Mount, Arthur W. Pink, p.25

15.
“Second, see the folly of those who are so diligent in seeking earthly possessions without any regard to Christ. . . Third, let the fact that the meek, through Christ, inherit the earth serve for a bridle against all inordinate care for the world; since we are members of Christ the supply of every need is certain, and an infinitely better portion is our than the perishing things of time and sense.”
Colossians 3:1-25
An Exposition of the Sermon on the Mount, Arthur W. Pink, p. 25

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