Will the meek inherit the earth now or later?

The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth”.

Matthew 5:5

It is clear that the “meek” do not inherit the earth now, but rather the proud. But the Lord promised that in the New Earth the kingdoms of this world will be given to the saints, to those who have learned the grace of humility. “Then the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey Him” (Daniel 7:27).

Jesus stressed, “And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted” (Matthew 23:12). This has been a favorite saying with Jesus, one He repeated more often, perhaps, than any other. A parallel statement in the Jerusalem Talmud (Erubin 13b, 35) reads: “God will exalt him who humbles himself, God will humble him who exalts himself.”

The scriptures describe Moses that he, “was very meek, above all the men who were on the face of the earth” (Numbers 12:3). That is interesting because although Moses had the opportunity to live in the palaces of Egypt and could have been a proud pharaoh of a world empire, yet he humbly walked away from it because he wanted to serve God in humility.

But where is Moses today?  Moses is in the presence of Christ, one of the select few already living in heaven. Moses received a special Resurrection (Jude 9) and appeared to Christ on the mount of transfiguration (Matthew 17:3). That’s is far better position than any other that pharaoh could give him. And it’s all because Moses humbled himself so that the Lord could lift him up.

We need to realize our true status if God is going to take us to the heavenly courts. God exalts those who are most humble and humbles those who are most proud. The contrasting examples of Pharaoh’s pride and Moses’ meekness are a symbol of Lucifer and Jesus. Every believer is called to follow the example of Jesus that he may ultimately live eternally with Him.

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In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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