The Meekest Man in the Bible

1 Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married; for he had married an Ethiopian woman. 2 So they said, “Has the Lord indeed spoken only through Moses? Has He not spoken through us also?” And the Lord heard it. 3 (Now the man Moses was very humble, more than all men who were on the face of the earth.) 4 Suddenly the Lord said to Moses, Aaron, and Miriam, “Come out, you three, to the tabernacle of meeting!” So the three came out. 5 Then the Lord came down in the pillar of cloud and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam. And they both went forward
— Numbers 12:1-5

Verse 3 tell us that Moses “Now was a very humble [meek] man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth. Moses was considered to be the meekest man in the land and except for Christ, the greatest leader who ever lived on this planet. Biblical Meekness is the strength we need in our nation's leaders, church leaders and leaders in the home.

I'm sure you have heard it said that meekness means weakness. But when I think of Moses, I don’t think of a person who was meek, at least not in the modern sense of meekness. There was nothing weak about Moses. He exhibited extraordinary leadership and strength in the face of great difficulties and tests. Take a look in your Bible at all the battles he won and all the great armies he defeated.

Several years ago I preached a sermon titled, "Moses the Meekest Man in the Bible." Of course he was the second meekest man in the Bible. There was one man who was even meeker than Moses, and that was Jesus Himself. Remember that He said, “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am meek and lowly in heart” Matthew 11:29, When you consider how Jesus dealt with the Pharisees you realize there was certainly nothing weak about it. On another occasion Jesus said, “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth Matthew 5:5. When you study that verse you see an association of meekness with leadership.

Now we're coming to where the rubber meets the road, what is this meekness, that it is so powerful? One alternative translation for meekness is “gentleness.” I'm going to speak from experience, it requires great strength to be gentle. Gentleness is the opposite of abrasiveness, and it flows from that kind of confident strength that is the opposite of arrogance. I received an email awhile back talking about the arrogance of so many pastors. That may be true concerning some but most pastors I know are humble. There is no room for arrogance in the ministry. The man who is secure in his love for God does not need to intimidate but can be kind and humble in his leadership roles.

The man who is meek before God and has that inner strength that enables him to be gentle before men will not be a violent man. This quietness of spirit will enable him to be in control of himself or as the Bible puts it, temperate. A self-controlled or temperate person is not given to binges of excess, but lives within restraints.

The fruits of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22 are love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness and faith. The benefit of the fruit of the Spirit is stability. Look at it like this, Honoring God through love for Him causes us to rejoice in Christ’s victory, and that provides us with inner peace. That kind of peace enables us to endure hard times with patience, and this works into our personalities a spirit of kindness. As this happens, our lives become more beautiful in the sense that goodness is beautiful, and we become more faithful and trustworthy. Such trustworthy people are acquiring the meekness and temperance that indicate stability and a fitness for leadership. When God sees this kind of stability in His people, He will graciously give them positions of responsibility in ministry and society. Any nation, church, or organization lead by this kind of leaders will flourish.

If the President--Politicians--Pentagon--People had this kind of stability, America would reap God's Blessings and the whole world would look on in awe!

Heavenly Father, as a nation, may we all fall on our knees and repent and may it begin with me. Men have tried to lead this Country, Churches, Society, and Homes without you. America is guilty of attacking the real meaning of Christmas, and freedom of religion. We have banned you from our Public Schools and other public places and now we are reaping the benefits from that sin. We have sinned as a Nation, we ask your forgiveness and ask that you convict the Politicians who lead this Country and the Pastors who lead our Churches of their arrogance, trying to lead without you. Convict the saints for their idolatry and backsliding and the sinners for shunning your great love. Bring us back to godliness and true worship; bring us back to the place of greatness and strength where the heathen will see and fear because of you. I pray this in Jesus Name, amen! God Bless!!