Week three of my Beatitudes memory verse challenge. Here is one that always reminds me of Little Shop of Horrors!
But ‘inherit what?’ is the pertinent question. Jesus said that the meek will inherit the earth. I think that Jesus is alluding that one day there will be a great change of power. An old order will pass away and something new will arise instead. This is what is promised in more detail in Revelation; a new heaven and a new earth that will not be ruled by the people with the most strength or those who were born fortunately wealthy. Instead authority will belong to those who have lived a life of humble serving love, to those who will only use leadership to lift others up instead of pushing them down. I think this verse is a summary of this great promise.
(Not saying that everyone in a position of leadership today is corrupt, but that positions of power can attract people who are least likely to use it for good.)
As I spend these weeks learning these verses I am beginning to see how the beatitudes are actually the Gospel in summary;
Week one: The poor in Spirit – God is coming for those who need Him
Week two: Those who mourn – will be comforted with the hope of the resurrection
Week three: The meek – will earn rewards for the life to come in the new earth
I feel like I am getting to know these words afresh by doing this memory verse challenge. It’s a good way to liven up your approach to the Bible, especially if you have been reading it a long time!